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Two NHL Players Miss Games Due To Suspected Concussions

By Mark Favaloro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

It’s been announced that a professional hockey player will be kept from game play after a serious hit left him with a concussion. The player, Evgeni Malkin, plays for the Pittsburg Penguins and was injured last week in an especially rough game. At one point Malkin was slammed back first into the wall surrounding the hockey rink.

The collision happened so hard that his head snapped back in a very disturbing position. The team announced that the hit was serious enough that he suffered immediate short-term memory loss. He was then taken to see team doctors who diagnosed him with a concussion and have placed him on an injured reserve status. Doctors say they think he is slowly improving and hope to have back playing soon.

In another bit of troubling news out of the National Hockey League, many are speculating that a concussion is to blame for the recent disappearance of New York Ranger’s star player Rick Nash. Nash has not been at practice or anywhere in eight days. Many are speculating that the absence is due to a serious concussion and could have long-term implications.

It’s especially troubling in Nash’s case given that he is thought to have been injured after a rough hit in the middle of February but was then allowed to play another game before his recent disappearance. Fans and those in the medical community say this kind of carelessness should not be allowed given that it poses serious risks to the health of players. If there’s even a chance that a brain has not healed, players should not be allowed to get back in a game.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Though the urge to keep playing despite injuries is an understandable one, it’s critical that athletes who have suffered a head injury be immediately removed from a game and be given the time to heal. Doctors need to check out any injured player and be positive that the brain has recovered before they are subjected to more hard hits. Second injuries can cause lasting trouble, potentially debilitating an athlete for life. No goal is worth that kind of risk.

If you or a loved one have suffered this type of injury, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable Virginia traumatic brain injury attorney to determine if you should file a lawsuit for financial compensation.

Helpful Info:

Though professional athletes are at special risk for suffering traumatic brain injuries, the fact is even ordinary people suffer serious head trauma in certain circumstances. Car crashes are one common case where average people are at risk for a TBI. If you’ve suffered such an injury and have questions about how to move forward, it’s important to reach out to an experienced Virginia traumatic brain injury attorney who has experience handling such cases. My firm has successfully settled numerous cases for people who have suffered a debilitating brain injury.

In one case, my firm was able to secure a $21 million settlement for the family of a boy who suffered a severe brain injury after his family’s car was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer while stopped at a red light. Though the money does not come close to healing the deep wounds suffered by the family, it will allow them to pay their enormous medical bills and begin to put their lives back together.

Got Questions?

If you, or someone you love, have suffered a traumatic brain injury you likely are worried and full of a million questions. You might be wondering about possible long-term damage from TBI, the impact of a diagnosis on your case and what things you need to prove to successfully prosecute a head injury case.

For those answers and many more, check out my firm’s FAQs regarding brain injuries where our attorneys answer important questions about brain injury related claims for compensation.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro 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). Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm 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.


Virginia Legislators Take Steps To Protect Student Athletes

By Randy Appleton, VA Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

Given the recent national attention surrounding the dangers of concussions, especially those in young athletes, it’s good to hear that elected officials and school administrators in Virginia are taking action. Numbers from the CDC back up the claim that serious concussions are occurring more often than in the past. The data shows that sports-related traumatic brain injuries have increased by 62% in just over a decade among those athletes under 19.

Such a huge increase helps explain recent action taken by politicians. For instance, Virginia law now says that both parents and student athletes must participate in concussion education in public schools throughout the state. Legislators have proposed another bill that is currently before the General Assembly which would require youth sports leagues to implement polices that train parents and young athletes to identify symptoms of concussions.

Parents are being told to look out for less obvious signs such as headaches, dizziness and sensitivity to light. More serious symptoms like sleepiness or memory loss can follow down the road. Parents are also being told that concussions can take many different forms and often manifest themselves differently in each person. One common misconception is that all athletes are knocked out by a concussion. That’s flatly untrue and the fact is that most athletes that sustain concussions never go unconscious.

One of the most important tips that Virginia public schools are trying to impress upon student athletes and parents alike is that once a child sustains a knock on the head they should immediately leave the game, not try to dust themselves off and get back in. Research shows that college-aged athletes take between five and 10 days to fully recover from minor concussions. Younger athletes take even longer, potentially up to 30 days.

The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:

Given the terrible, life-altering risks associated with traumatic brain injury, it is important that those suffering from a head injury receive immediate medical attention and continue to follow-up with therapy as needed. Children especially should be taken to see their primary care physician and not allowed to return to their athletics until they’ve been given the go ahead by a doctor.

If you or a loved one have suffered this type of injury, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable Virginia traumatic brain injury attorney to determine if you should file a lawsuit for financial compensation.

Helpful Info:

If you have a child that’s suffered a traumatic brain injury, whether on the field or as a result of a car accident, it’s critical that you speak with an experienced Virginia injury attorney. Our firm has successfully handled several cases involving children and traumatic brain injuries, securing sizable settlements that help families get on their feet again following a devastating brain injury.

One such case involved a boy from Virginia Beach who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury after being hit by a drunk driver. The young boy had headaches as well as other common symptoms of concussions and our firm was able to ensure that the boy and his family got the money they needed to put their lives back together.

Got Questions?

If your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury you likely are worried and full of a million questions. You might be wondering about possible long-term damage from TBI, the impact of a diagnosis on your case and what things you need to prove to successfully prosecute a head injury case.

For those answers and many more, check out our firm’s FAQs regarding brain injuries where our attorneys answer important questions about brain injury related claims for compensation.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro 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). Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm 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.


Heading Soccer Balls Can Lead to Brain Injurues

Many of the effects of heading injuries aren't noticed by parents, or even doctors.

By Kevin Duffan, Virginia Brain Injury Attorney

A new study has revealed the dangers associated with heading balls on the soccer field. Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have found that repeatedly hitting a soccer ball with one’s head increases the risk for brain injury and cognitive impairment.

The researchers studied 38 amateur soccer players who had played the sport since they were children. They were asked how many times they headed the ball in the past year. Then, the researchers ranked the players based on heading frequency and compared their brains images. What did they find? That frequent headers showed brain injury akin to that of patients with concussions.

Because soccer is such a popular sport, parents across the country need to consider this study before allowing their children to play. Some 18 million Americans play soccer, and 78 percent of them are children. This news could potential affect millions of young athletes across the country.

Brain injuries cannot be taken lightly. The researchers said many of the effects of heading injuries aren’t noticed by parents, or even doctors. Because the effects can be so long term, they are often misdiagnosed. “The impairment will not be immediate and can easily be attributed to other causes like ADHD or learning disabilities,” said Dr. Michael Lipton, associate director of Einsteins Gruss Magnetic Resonance Reseach Center.

 

The purpose of this article is not to create panic, or have parents pull their children out of youth soccer league, but parents should be informed about all of the risks associated with the sport. Heading the ball is an essential part of the game, and is unlikely to be eliminated despite safety concerns. The study shows even heading the ball once and a while  may cause long-term damage, especially at the higher levels where the ball is traveling up to speeds of 34 mph.

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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.


Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic in Richmond, VA, Sees Increase in Children as Patients

Children involved in contact sports, car accidents, and bike crashes are at risk of suffering a life-altering traumatic brain injury.

By John Cooper, Virginia Brain Injury Lawyer

Traumatic brain injury is an all-too-common among children, especially those involved in contact sports, car crashes and bike accidents. An increasing number of injured children have been coming for help to the Children’s Hospital of Richmond’s Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, according to Richmond, VA’s NBC affiliate, Wave3. The story reports the need for getting help for young victims of traumatic brain injuries — injuries that are not always easy to detect.

According to a doctor from the TBI Clinic, concussions are an “invisible injury” and are “tricky” to diagnose.  Headaches, sleeping and memory problems can often be signs. The Brain Injury Association of America’s website says of brain injuries that they are “the start of misdiagnosed, misunderstood, underfunded neurological disease,” and those that suspect they have sustained them “must have timely access to expert trauma care.”

Earlier this year, I helped settle a case for a child client who was hit by a drunk driver. The car accident resulted in a concussion, a mild form of TBI. The concussion caused the child headaches that lasted a month. Since Virginia allows for something called punitive, or punishing, damages, our firm was able to settle with the drunk driver’s insurance company for an undisclosed, but substantial, sum that will provide funds for the boy’s college education.

No parent wants a life-altering accident to happen to his or her child.  If the unthinkable happens, and your child suffers from a TBI or experiences any sort of trauma that leads to headaches or learning issues, it is important that you get it checked out by a doctor.  Please read our firm’s guide to traumatic brain injury and know what signs to look for.

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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 Injuryboardblogs 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.


New Blood Test Could Provide Speedy Indicator of Brain Injury

Working with federal funding, researchers with the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio (OH), have begun a study in which they draw blood from football players immediately postgame to check for high levels of a protein called S100B. Blood concentrations of the protein increase when a concussion occurs.

By John Cooper, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

A simple blood test may be able to determine whether athletes or soldiers who have suffered impact or concussive (i.e., shockwave) blows to the head haved developed a concussion, which is medically defined a a mild traumatic brain injury.  Working with federal funding, researchers with the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio (OH), have begun a study in which they draw blood from football players immediately postgame to check for high levels of a protein called S100B. Blood concentrations of the protein increase when a concussion occurs.

Experts say the blood test for S100B, combined with other brain-health indicators, could help doctors track the long-term, health impacts of sports and help diagnose traumatic brain injury.

See this video about concussions:

The experienced brain injury attorneys with our Virginia (VA)-based law firm welcome any new test to diagnose head injuries from concussions suffered in sports. Recently, we reported on a college bound student wo committed suicide two days after suffering a concussion during a high school football game. Many other serious physical and mental health problems have been linked to concussions.

When coaches, parents, doctors and even injured people themselves fail to take head and brain injuries suffered while playing sports or doing any other activity seriously enough, liability for lawsuits may exist.

We recently reported that a lawsuit seeking $35 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages has now been filed in Norfolk, VA Circuit Court by the wife of a former police recruit who died during training after receiving numerous blows to his head.

To learn more about what you or a loved one can recover from a wrongful death and brain injury claim, check out our videos on the subject.
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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.


Injured in Truck Accident, Triathlete Is Back on the Bike and Winning Races

Wearing a helmet and other safety gear can keep bike accident victims alive.

By Kevin Duffan, Virginia Truck Accident Injury Victim’s Lawyer

My colleague Emily Brannon has reported on our Virginia injury law firm’s website that a triathlete is training to get his body back to where it was before he was hit by a truck while riding a bike.  Emily, a Virginia personal injury attorney knowledgeable on trucking accidents and bike safety, provide tips on how to stay safe.

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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.


$2.5M Head Injury Lawsuit Brought Against Virginia Tech

By Rick Shapiro, VA Brain Injury Attorney

Inadequate facilities and a lack of supervision at a Virginia Tech basketball camp in Blacksburg, VA, contributed to the severe head injury sustained by a camper.

At least that’s the claim made in a Virginia personal injury lawsuit brought by Gary Schuler, whose teen-aged son, Austin Schuler, was injured in 2009, according to a report in the Roanoke Times. Injury lawyers acting for the family are suing the Seth Greenberg Basketball Camp and Virginia Tech for $2.5 million in a civil action brought last month in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Austin Schuler was 15 when he fell or was thrown from the basketball court during a game and hit his head on a wall, suffering a brain injury, fracture, bruises, a cut and other wounds, according to the personal injury lawsuit, filed March 28.

Although Austin Schuler, who now lives near Staunton, Virginia, has recovered, but the lawsuit states he is at greater future risk of future injury and health issues. The personal injury lawsuit says the facilities at Blacksburg were inadequate to protect Schuler. Specifically it states the wall in a gym at Virginia Tech should have been padded near ground level where the boy struck his head.

The lawsuit further argues the distance between the end of the playing surface and wall, which was 33 inches, should have been greater; while the game official was not sufficiently trained and qualified.

We recently reported how baseball is taking extra precautions to protect players against brain and head injuries. Major league baseball has adopted a new joint policy related to concussions, which includes the creation of a seven-day disabled list.

Increasingly, schools and sports authorities are taking action to learn more about the symptoms of concussion and other sports injuries. Major steps have been taken in Virginia (VA) in recent months to improve the safety of baseball, including a ban on high performance aluminum bats.

These high performance metal bats make the baseball travel faster. A metal bat may have been linked to a traumatic brain injury suffered by a high school baseball player who was hit in the head by a line drive and sent into a coma last year.

Our Virginia personal injury lawyers have handled cases involving baseball and have handled other major Virginia brain injury personal injury cases as well. In one baseball related case, which we recently concluded, the manufacturer and the seller of a baseball pitching machine had improperly designed their product in such a way as to cause a facial injury to the athlete who was using the equipment.  Our injury attorneys (based in Virginia) developed substantial evidence and were able to obtain the settlement for our injured client.

The Virginia Tech lawsuit asks the significant questions of whether schools and colleges are doing enough and if sports facilities require fundamental redesigns to achieve greater safety for our athletes.  The court of public opinion seems to be demanding more.  This is exemplified by head and brain injuries suffered by our military in Iraq, as well as how active the NFL has been recently on brain injury and concussions.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law, and we have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Furthermore, we proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard 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 who 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.


Bill Aims to Reduce Traumatic Brain Injuries From Defective Sports Equipment

By Rick Shapiro, Brain Injury Attorney

Companies that make helmets for young athletes could have just nine months to improve their standards if new legislation is passed.

If the companies failed to improve their standards, the Consumer Product Safety Commission would be required to set standards aimed at reducing the number of brain injuries sustained by athletes under the age of 18 , MedPage Today reported.

A bill was introduced last week in the House by Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-New Jersey (NJ). who is the co-founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, and in the Senate by Sen. Tom Udall, D., New Mexico (NM).

The bill would direct the CPSC to determine within nine months whether the voluntary safety standards for helmet-makers are adequate to result in reduction of the risk of injury. If the voluntary standards are found to be not good enough, the CPSC would have 30 days to set new standards for all football helmets that manufacturers would be required to follow.

The bill also would require manufacturers to post warning labels on helmets noting their limited protection capabilities, a date of manufacture, and the date the helmet was last reconditioned.

It would increase potential penalties for using false injury prevention claims to sell helmets and other sports equipment.

The bill notes that a football helmet’s ability to protect athletes from injury declines over time as the helmet receives hits. Many football helmets are more than a decade old, the bill said.

Sports are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) for Americans ages 15 to 24, according to the bill. Every year, 3.8 million U.S. athletes suffer sports-related concussions, and football is responsible for more concussions than any other sport.

Defective and worn out sport equipment as well as conditions at a sporting facility can be a leading cause of injury and lawsuits against manufacturers.

Our firm has handled a number of interesting cases where parties were held accountable for sports equipment defectst. In one case in Virginia (VA) the manufacturer and the seller of a baseball pitching machine had improperly designed their product in such a way as to cause a facial injury to an athlete using the equipment.

Although high school football programs often take every precaution possible to protect their players, some programs may fail to protect players who have received concussions from playing in upcoming games. In other instances, players may not have sufficient helmets or could be put in a dangerous situation. If your child has been seriously injured while playing high school football due to a preventable event not connected with the sport, you should speak to a Virginia head 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 we have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office  in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Furthermore, we proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard 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 who 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.


Simple and Advanced Approaches Aim to Lessen Brain Injuries

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

A roundup of recent insights into how how reduce the numbers, as well as lessen the toll, of brain injuries ranging from sports-related concussions to car accident-caused TBIs on our firm’s website highlights simple and complicated answers. Resting after experiencing concussion symptoms can prevent further damage to brain tissue, as may taking fish oil supplements. A more advanced approach involves reinventing football helmets and other protective equipment to protect athletes’ heads.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm that  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 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 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 who 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 promptly return your call.


Helmet Safety Largely Unknown, Virginia Tech Researcher Argues

By Randy Appleton, Head and Brain Injury Attorney

Virginia Tech mechanical engineering professor Stefan Duma has issued a call for an online, searchable database of information on how bicycle, football, hockey and other helmets get tested. The proposed database would also present test results for the products and allow users to compare different companies’ helmets, Duma said in an article summarized on our firm’s website. Duma noted the information he wants to collect and make public is currently controlled almost entirely by manufacturers and generated using standards that are in some cases nearly five decades old.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm that  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 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 Injuryboardas 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 who 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 promptly return your call.