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Birth Injury Case Results in $25 Million Settlement

By Randy Appleton, Brain Injury Attorney

A $25 million settlement was reached in a case involving a child who suffered a brain injury during birth. The claim was brought against the physicians who handled the mother’s moderate-risk pregnancy. To learn more, read the story here…

Multi-Million Dollar Settlement Reached in Birth Injury Case

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 practicing 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.


Little Leaguer Permanently Disabled by Batted Baseball Receives $14.5M Settlement

High-performance aluminum baseball bat maker Louisville Slugger was the lead defendant in the lawsuit brought on behalf of the boy from New Jersey.

By Mark Favaloro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

A New Jersey (NJ) family has agreed to accept $14.5 million to settle claims against a baseball bat manufacturer, a sporting goods retailer and a youth sports organization that the production, sale and use of dangerous equipment led to their son becoming permanently disabled by brain injuries.

The suit stemmed from an incident in a 2006 Little League game in which the boy, who was a pitcher, was hit squarely in the chest with a batted ball. Doctors determined that the baseball struck him hard enough and in the exact location and the exact time required to stop his heart during the milliseconds between beats. The resulting cardiac arrest shut off the flow of blood to the boy’s brain, and he suffered irreversible brain damage due to hypoxia.

The settlement will be paid by the company that made the high-performance Louisville Slugger aluminum bat used by the hitter, New Jersey Little League and The Sports Authority.

 

 

The Virginia Head and Brain Injury Lawyer’s Perspective

My Virginia personal injury attorney colleagues have written about dangers from high-performance aluminum baseball bats and steps by youth sports leagues to mitigate those risks. We have also been tracking the issue of head and brain injuries — particularly concussions — in middle school, high school, college and professional athletics for many years.

We recognize that no rule or equipment change can eliminate all injury risks from any sport. At the same time, we, as parents more than anything else, believe equipment makers and league officials must be held responsible for ensuring that players’ safety is ensured to the greatest extent possible.

Even before the young pitcher was struck down, efforts were under way to get high-powered aluminum bats out of the hands of hitters. When one of those products was shown to directly contribute to creating an unacceptably dangerous situation, holding the companies responsible for making, selling and sanctioning the use of that product was appropriate.

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Injuries like the one discussed here raise questions about both traumatic brain injuries and dangerous and defective products. Our law firm offers answers to many of those questions in free downloadable reports available here and here.

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You can learn even more by reading through our online library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding head a brain injury lawsuits.

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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 Lawyer Advice: Understanding the Value of a Life Care Plan

My Virginia law firm colleagues and I recently secured a $21 million structured settlement for a young child who suffered a traumatic brain injury and her family.

By Randy Appleton, Brain Injury Attorney

Lawyers with Shapiro, Lewis & Appeton recently secured a $21 million structured settlement for a young child who suffered a traumatic brain injury and her family. The family’s car had been rear-ended by a large commercial truck. In handling that case, we developed a thorough life care plan for the victim and believe this strategy was extremely effective for reaching the settlement. To learn more about the value of a life care plan, read our in-depth article: “The Value of a Life Care Plan in a TBI Case.”

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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.


Student Paralyzed and Left With a Traumatic Brain Injury by a Roof Collapse Recieves $9M Settlement

A vocational school student suffered life-altering paraplegia and traumatic brain injury in a roof collapse and won a $9Mil settlement.

By Rick Shapiro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney in Virginia

The  October 2011 issue of Trial magazine features a story about how a personal injury attorney negotiated a $9 million settlement to help a student left permanently disabled by a roof cave-in at her school  My colleague, John Cooper shares his thoughts on the tragic tale that ended in victory for the victim of negligent school administrators and a careless contractor in a blog post to our firm’s Virginia (VA) personal personal in jury attorneys’ website.
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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.

A Brain Injury Lawyer in Virginia Talks About $3 Million Settlement for Injured Bike Rider

This bike rider did everything right. He had a greenlight and was within a crosswalk. He even had a helmet on

By Rick Shapiro, Virginia Brain Injury Attorney

A bike rider in Arlington, Virginia (VA), was hit by a car and suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result. This bike rider did everything right. He had a greenlight and was within a crosswalk. He even had a helmet on. Unfortunately,  following all the rules wasn’t enough to prevent a careless driver from turning right on red while looking left on a street featuring two signs that clearly prohibit right turns on red.

This terrible accident highlights just how under the radar a brain injury can be. When the bike rider was initially treated at the hospital, no one noticed brain damage and he was released free and clear. But as time went on, the victim noticed problems with memory, cognitive function, and frequent headaches. His co-workers started to notice and even had to assist him in ways they never had before the bike accident.

Six weeks went by before the victim was finally diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. The victim had to go on disability from his job since the demands of his position were simply too much given his brain damage.

The victim wisely sought legal counsel and a personal injury claim was filed on his behalf. The defendant tried to argue that the victim did not actually suffer a brain injury since he continued to work and receive a salary. This was not a strong argument and, during mediation, a $3 million settlement was reached. Congratulations to the victim’s attorneys — Robert Hall, Steven Frei, and Peter Everett — for achieving this settlement.

Our firm fully appreciates the challenges associated with traumatic brain injury claims. For example, we represented an injured gas station store worker who suffered a brain injury after a Norfolk Southern train derailed and crashed into his store. It took a while, but we were able to secure a $46 million jury verdict (raised to $60 million with interest), which is the largest traumatic brain injury verdict in Virginia history.

To learn more about traumatic brain injuries, take a look at this article written by a Virginia brain injury lawyer.

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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) but we also have an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). 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.

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Brain Injuries May Lead to Behavioral Changes in Victim

Unfortunately, the people who rely on Medicaid suffer a rude awakening when they discover that brain injury victims with behavioral disorders routinely wind up in nursing homes or local jails. The facilities that specialize in treating people with brain injuries are typically privately owned so Medicaid will not cover their cost.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Brain Injury/Head Wound Attorney in Virginia

It is a side effect many people are not aware of. The perception of brain injury victims is that most suffer some type of memory loss or maybe a loss in cognitive function. However, a change in behavior can occur and lead to incalculable pain and suffering for the victim and loved ones.

Take, for example, Sandy Tyler. Her son suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2006 after a serious car wreck. As a result, her son lost virtually all control of his impulses. One moment, he would be fine. The next moment, he would punch and kick his mother. The son was put into a nursing home but was kicked out for attacking a patient, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Now, Mrs. Tyler is struggling to find a good place for her son.

Unfortunately, the people who rely on Medicaid suffer a rude awakening when they discover that brain injury victims with behavioral disorders routinely wind up in nursing homes or local jails. The facilities that specialize in treating people with brain injuries are typically privately owned so Medicaid will not cover their cost.

“There is virtually no system of care for individuals with behavior problems resulting from a head injury who cannot afford private care,” according to the Virginia Brain Injury Council. “As a result, such individuals may be placed in a nursing home or incarcerated in a local jail or state prison, where the person is unlikely to receive needed services.” 

The Pilot article mentioned that people who have a lawsuit settlement are better able to find suitable care for their loved one. This is why it is so critical for you to consult with an attorney if you or your loved one suffered the brain injury in an accident caused by the carelessness of another person or company. A portion of a brain injury claim settlement or jury award may be used to cover the enormous medical expenses that routinely accrue because of these life-altering injuries.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm which focuses on injury and accident law and we have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injuries. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office in based in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys have handled numerous head injury and brain trauma cases, and achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain damaged client in 2000.  Our injury attorneys also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . Furthermore, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service.  While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against the at-fault person or company who caused your injury, call our office at 1-800-752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail and we will promptly return your call.

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