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Man Brutally Beaten in Richmond Club Suffers Traumatic Brain Injury

By Mark Favaloro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What happened:

 Charles Magenda, a 24 year-old Richmond man and member of the National Guard, was brutally beaten inside a local nightclub. After spending weeks in a coma with a traumatic brain injury, the man is now in a nursing home, unable to care for himself.

The victim had gone to Panchino Patty Palace and Pastry Inc, also called the Island Venture Restaurant & Lounge, with a group of friends after attending a wedding earlier in the evening. Police told WWBT that Magenda’s friends heard yelling and screaming coming from the front of the club, but couldn’t see where he was. They walked t to the front and saw the victim on the floor with people kicking him. Witnesses say there were a dozen people kicking and beating the man. Police believe he was a random victim.

As the attackers ran out of the club, Magenda’s friends tried to get the club owner to call the police. But he refused to call police or even medical assistance for the beaten man. One employee claimed that Magenda was beaten somewhere else and dropped off at the club later.

Since the attack, the club has been shut down for numerous health department violations, as well as a dozen Alcohol Beverage Commission violations.
 

The Virginia Injury Attorney Perspective:

 It is outrageous that the owner of the club not only did not call police while the attack on this victim was occurring but his refusal to call law enforcement or for medical assistance for this victim of an attack that occurred in his establishment is even more appalling.

The victim in this case may never fully recover from this traumatic brain injury and the beating he received. He and his family should contact a Virginia injury attorney to find out what liability the club owner may have and what compensation the victim may be entitled to for his pain and loss.

 

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.

 


Virginia Beach Bike Rider Suffers Head Injuries in Hit-and-Run Car Crash

The bicyclist was knocked to the ground on First Court Road, but his helmet appears to have spared him from a traumatic brain injury.

By Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton, Head Injury attorneys in Virginia Beach

Police in Virginia Beach, VA, have issued a public request for information about a hit-and-run accident that left a bicyclist with head injuries. The crash occurred at around 10:35 am on Sunday, May 20, 2012, on First Court Road near the intersection with Greenwell Road.

 

Hit-and-run accident in Virginia Beach leaves bicyclist with head injuries

The bike rider was knocked to the ground, but his helmet appears to have spared him from a traumatic brain injury. A brief notice in the Daily Press states the victim’s head injuries were “minor.” As a Virginia Beach-based personal injury attorney who has helped many clients who sustained concussions in wrecks caused by other drivers, however, I know that no major head impact can be taken lightly.

I also know that no person should ever get away with leaving the scene of an accident. If you witnessed the crash, call Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887) to share what you know so the at-fault driver can be held accountable.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


Collision With SUV Leaves Charlottesville, VA Scooter Rider With Critical Brain Injury

Apparently, the scooter rider's helmet was not properly secured, and it came off at some point after the crash.

By Jim Lewis, Virginia Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

The cause of an accident at the intersection of E. Water and 4th streets in Charlottesville, Virginia (VA), has yet to be determined, but the outcome was decidedly dire for one man. According to police reports, a scooter rider was thrown from his motor bike when he collided with an SUV and suffered life-threatening head and brain injuries when he landed on the pavement.

Apparently, the scooter rider’s helmet was not properly secured, and it came off at some point after the crash, leaving the man’s skull unprotected.

 


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Police could not immediately determine whether the SUV driver or scooter operator had the right of way. Regardless of who was at fault, drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and scooter riders can take two important lessons from the accident. The first is that anyone approaching or entering an intersection must watch for motor bikes. Two-wheelers can be difficult to see, especially for people behind the wheel of large vehicles like SUVs, vans and trucks. But “I didn’t even see them” is never an acceptable explanation or excuse for hitting and injuring a person on a motorcycle, bike or scooter.

The even more important lesson is that while helmets absolutely save lives and prevent injuries, the safety equipment only works if it is used properly. When putting on a bike helmet or a motorcycle helmet, make sure it fits tightly without causing discomfort and does not obscure your vision. Also snap the chin strap securely.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


Child Injured While Riding Bike Without a Helmet in West Virginia

A car collided with the girl as she was riding along heavily traveled Mount Vernon Road in the town of Teays Valley.

By Randy Appleton, West Virginia Brain Injury Attorney

A bike accident in Putnam County, West Virginia (WV) that sent an 11-year-old girl to a nearby hospital with injuries has brought charges of criminal neglect against the child’s father. According to police reports, a car collided with the girl as she was riding along heavily traveled Mount Vernon Road in the town of Teays Valley during the evening of March 22, 2012. The youngster was trapped under the car’s bumper and dragged several feet before the driver could stop.

The girl was not wearing a helmet, which is required safety equipment for any bicyclist younger than 15 years of age in West Virginia. While the child does seem to have been spared a brain injury, the high risk for that outcome and the fact that her parents were not supervising her at the time of the accident led police to file charges against the father.


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The driver who hit the bike rider and caused the girl significant bruising and scrapes was not cited for a traffic violation. That would not necessarily prevent the injured child’s parents from filing a personal injury claim, especially if signs of physical or mental disabilities persist or appear over time.

But what strikes me as the real story here, as an attorney who has represented both children and adults who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, is that any parent would allow a child to ride a bike while not wearing a helmet. Head protection is required by law because helmets absolutely save bicyclists’ lives. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal neglect case against this girl’s father, I see it as a very good sign that police take the West Virginia bike helmet requirement so seriously.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


Brain Injury Awareness Day a Time for Patient Advocacy

An estimated 1.7 million people get diagnosed with a TBI each year.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Virginia TBI Attorney

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and March 21, 2012, is Brain Injury Awareness Day. On that date, an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of America and its Congressional Brain Injury Task Force focused on “ensuring access to care for the millions of Americans living with brain injury.”

According to brainline.org, a person suffers a traumatic brain injury every 19 seconds in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.7 million people get diagnosed with a TBI each year. Falls are the leading cause of serious brain injuries, which account for more than a third of all brain injuries. The next most common cause of TBI? Car crashes and traffic-related incidents.

As Virginia (VA) brain injury attorneys, my colleagues and I see too often how victims’ lives change after head and brain trauma. By highlighting the dangers associated not only with sports, but also with accidents like falls and car wrecks, we can make sure brain injuries are properly diagnosed and treated quickly and appropriately. Left unresolved a brain injury can cause permanent disability, unemployment, homelessness depression and suicide.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


Report Shows Shocking Rate of Uninsured Hampton Roads Residents

In all of Virginia, about 17.8 percent of people have no health insurance.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

While a new study reveals that approximately 17 percent of Hampton Roads residents live without health insurance, this is a lower number than the state’s overall statistics. In Virginia, about 17.8 percent of residents are uninsured. This shocking number reveals the huge population left vulnerable in emergency situations. To learn more, visit our main website blog to read “Hampton Roads Rate of Uninsured Citizens Lower Than Rest of Virginia’s.”

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.


Balcony Accident Injures Toddler; Third Case in Hampton Roads in 2011

Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA, have been the sites of multiple balcony fall injuries and deaths during the summer of 2011

By Richard Shapiro, Norfolk, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA, have been the sites of multiple balcony fall injuries and deaths during the summer of 2011. The latest accident occurred at a Ramada off Military Highway in Norfolk. The injured boy remains in critical condition. Falling from outdoor decks and balconies almost always results in serious injury or death, so this spike in balcony accidents in Hampton Roads, Virginia, is truly chilling. Visit our main law firm website to learn more about the disturbing trend at Hampton Roads hotels.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.


$3 Million Payout for Injured Bicyclist

The man began experiencing memory loss six weeks after being hit by a car.

By John Cooper, Virginia Brain Injury Attorney

Bicycle accidents, no matter how minor they may seem, can have life-changing affects on your health. One man learned this after being struck by a vehicle, and six weeks later, experiencing memory loss and concentration difficulties. To learn more, visit our blog to read “Injured Bicyclist Receives $3 Million Dollar Settlement.”

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.


Man Injured in NC Hit and Run

The intentional collision occurred after a bar fight.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Carolina Brain Injury Attorney

Hit-and-run accidents are among the most horrific kinds of collisions, but intentional hit-and-runs are truly terrifying. A North Carolina man was repeatedly struck by a vehicle after an altercation at a bar. To find out more, go to our blog to read “NC Man Intentionally Run Over After Bar Fight.”

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.


Drunk Driver Causes Head-On Collision, Injuring 4

By Randy Appleton, Virginia Car Accident Victim’s Attorney

A late-night drunk driver collided with another vehicle head on, sending four people to the hospital with injuries. Visit our personal injury lawyers’ website to read more: “Four Injured in Head-On Collision on Rural Virginia Highway.”

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.