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Congressman Seeks Better Health Care for Traumatic Brain Injury Victims

A TBI can cause persistent migraines, memory loss and impaired cognition.

By John Cooper, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney in Virginia

Few of us ever prepare for a traumatic brain injury. They are unforeseen and very often catastrophic. They can also lead to a “treatment gap” as sufferers struggle to pick up the pieces of their lives.

But there are hopes that the gap can be bridged. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell from New Jersey will join with leaders from the Kessler Foundation and the Kessler Institute to campaign for brain injuries to be covered under the Affordable Care Act.

“We want to help people get better,” Jordan Grafman, director of traumatic brain injury research at the Kessler Foundation said. “It is critical that patients with brain injury have access to these irreplaceable individually tailored rehabilitation therapies.”

See this video about living with a traumatic brain injury:

As experienced Virginia (VA) traumatic brain injury attorneys, my colleagues and I are well aware of the devastating effect these injuries can have on victims, and we welcome efforts to improve the lives of sufferers. A TBI can cause persistent migraines, memory loss and impaired cognition. In other instances, a TBI can leave someone virtually incapacitated and dependent on the assistance of others to do even the most basic things such as eat and dress.
And the problem may be becoming worse. A recent report pointed to a large increase in the numbers of young athletes seeking treatment in emergency rooms for concussions — also known as mild TBIs. Plenty of other evidence indicates brain and head injuries can have tragic consequences. In September 2011, we reported on how an apparently happy high schooler in Virginia committed suicide after receiving a blow to his head during a football game.

Our firm has represented many clients who have suffered from traumatic brain injuries. We obtained the largest personal injury verdict in Virginia history as of 2000 — $46 million — for a gas station attendant who suffered a brain injury and orthopedic injuries when he was pinned inside a building by a derailed Norfolk Southern train.

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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.


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.

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.


Tensions Between Bike Riders, Motorists Mount in Virginia

Bcyclists in the state are being harassed by motorists and distracted by pedestrians and skateboarders.

By Rick Shapiro, Virginia Brain Injury and Bicycle Accident Attorney

My colleague John Cooper recently wrote on our firm’s Virginia personal injury lawyers’ website that bike accidents are on the rise in the state, with cyclists being harassed by motorists and distracted by pedestrians and skateboarders. John provided tips on how to stay safe and pointed readers to additional information about bike crashes in our online legal library.

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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.


Defensive Biking Tips

Bicycle accidents are most often caused by distracted pedestrians and cyclists.

By Kevin Duffan, Bike Accident Attorney in Virginia

My colleague Rick Shapiro reported recently on our firm’s Virginia personal injury lawyers’ website that bicycle accidents are most often caused by distracted pedestrians and cyclists.  Rick also provided tips on how to stay safe and pointed readers to an article on the legal options bike crash injury victims have.

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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.

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Study Finds Traumatic Brain Injuries Increase Stroke Risk

TBIs also raise short- and long-term risks for epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and psychiatric conditions.

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

A study reported online in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association revealed that people who suffer traumatic brain injuries are at high risk for having a stroke within 90 days of the head trauma. “Although previous research has shown that traumatic brain injury can be associated with the future development of epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and psychiatric conditions, this the first study to link it to the future risk of stroke,” WebMD Health News states.

The findings were based on health records for 23,199 Taiwanese patients who had been treated for TBIs between 2001 and 2003. Compared with 69,597 people without a history of TBI, the brain-injured patients had a 10 time greater likelihood of suffering a stroke during the first three months of treatment.

As an experienced TBI attorneys based in Virginia Beach, VA, I find these results alarming but not surprising. Recently, my colleague John Cooper reported on a study of Vietnam-era U.S. military veterans that showed a brain injury raised risks for dementia.

Far too often victims of traumatic brain injuries in Virginia and elsewhere end up with further complications and few resources to help them out. For instance, when victims of brain injuries survive car accidents, it can be only the beginning of a nightmare with few residential treatment centers taking insurance or insurance failing to pay for brain rehab. Treatment only routinely gets offered to TBI patients who have money, workers’ compensation coverage or a lawsuit settlement.

In some cases there is help available to the victims. Another driver may be responsible for the injury or it could have been caused by the negligence of a sports coach or the inadequacy of a facility. In such cases a victim, or their family, can launch a lawsuit.

A brain injury from an accident is one of the most serious and life-changing injuries a person can suffer. If you or a loved one sustained head injuries in a car or motorcycle accident, check out our Frequently Asked Questions devoted to 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.


Boys and Girls Injured on Field Trip in Richmond, VA

Parents of the seven boys and girls who got hurt could potentially file personal injury lawsuits with the assistance of Virginia truck accident lawyers.

By Kevin Duffan, Attorney for Virginia Injury Victims

My colleague Richard Shapiro reported recently on our firm’s Virginia personal injury lawyers’ website that several children suffered injuries when the passenger van they had taken for a field trip was struck by a panel truck in Richmond, Virginia )VA).  Rick notes that while no one was killed in the wreck, parents of the seven boys and girls who got hurt could potentially file personal lawsuits with the assistance of Virginia truck accident lawyers against the at-fault driver and the company that employed him.

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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.

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The Missing Spare Tire: Increasing Safety Concerns Along With Fuel Economy

These days, a car may have a smaller temporary spare or no spare at all.

By Kevin Duffan, Virginia Head Injury Attorney

In her latest post to our firm’s VA personal injury lawyers’ website, my colleague Emily Brannon reports on the disappearing spare tire.  These days, a car may have a smaller temporary spare or no spare at all because of fuel economy mandates and safety concerns.

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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.


Study Sheds New Light on Troops With Traumatic Brain Injuries

About a third of American troops who have suffered brain injury from bomb blasts "show immediate evidence of stretched and damaged nerve fibers at both the front and the back of the brain," the Washington Post reported.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Virginia Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

A new study of American troops who have suffered brain injuries from bomb blasts may help doctors understand more about traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs.

The study showed about a third of American troops who have suffered brain injury from bomb blasts “show immediate evidence of stretched and damaged nerve fibers at both the front and the back of the brain,” the Washington Post reported.

The study included MRI scans on 63 members of the armed services. They were all men with an average age of 24. They had been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury. Some of them suffered a loss of consciousness and post-blast confusion, as well as lacking memory of the event that caused their injury.

It’s unclear if these findings in the New England Journal of Medicine will help identify people at higher risk of depression, thinking problems and post-traumatic stress in the wake of a blast injury. Experts hope the study will shed some light on the complex world of TBIs.

“This is not a pregnancy test for TBI,” said Alicia Crowder, a neuroscientist at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, who wasn’t involved in the research, told the Washington Post. “This is a foundation block on which to build a body of knowledge. It is a piece of a puzzle.”

The wide range of symptoms of traumatic brain injury mean estimates of how many troops have been affected in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, vary widely. The researchers are still looking at what these results mean to those affected in the long term.

While the Defense Department estimates fewer than 50,000 troops have received TBI diagnoses either in the war zone or within a month of leaving it, a group of civilian researchers, say there may be as many as 320,000 sufferers.

Our Virginia (VA) traumatic brain injury attorneys have reported on a number of cases of soldiers who have struggled to cope with their injuries after returning from war zone. They include Harris Turner, 26, a  former Marine Corps corporal sustained several minor but lasting brain-rattling jolts from three tours overseas that led to brain injury. When he suffered a car crash in 2009, it exacerbated his combat injuries. He is undergoing rehab at the Alexandria VA Medical Center in Alexandria, Virginia.

Brain injuries are often misdiagnosed and are among the most misunderstood kinds of personal injuries. It can be difficult for a jury to sympathize with a victim because traumatic brain injuries can be invisible and non apparent.

But brain injuries can wreck lives. in 2001, our Virginia head injury attorneys represented a client who received a $365,000 jury verdict after a valve on a locomotive hit him on the head. While the effects of the injury weren’t obvious, this engineer suffered memory loss and a loss of cognitive function.

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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.


UVA Advancing Traumatic Brain Injury Research

University of Virginia researchers are creating a hand-held ultrasound machine that can be taken to the battlefield to early diagnose soldiers with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

By John Cooper, VA Brain and Head Injury Attorney

A TBI is a traumatically induced structural injury or disruption of brain function caused by an external force, and usually results from car crashes, drowning, and slip and falls. Funded by $6 million in grants from the Department of Defense, University of Virginia researchers are creating a hand-held ultrasound machine that can be taken to the battlefield to early diagnose soldiers with TBI, according to Apria Healthcare.

Since 2000, according to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center in Washington, 202,281 service members have been diagnosed as having some form of TBI.  The University of Virginia technology would let a combat medic pull someone off the field to check them for traumatic brain injury.

This TBI research project involves developing probes to look at the brain at a cellular level and determine at a cellular level whether someone has TBI. Currently, the standard methods for detecting TBI are through magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography scans.

The UVA research could determine brain tissue stiffness links to brain injuries and whether ultrasound technology can be used to detect tissue stiffness. The researchers are studying medical scans of soldiers who come into contact with high-impact blasts.

Treatment of TBI is on a case-by-case basis. The UVA research should hopefully prompt brain injury professionals to study ways to treat TBI for those who suffer brain damage from car wrecks, slip and falls and other accidents. If you or a loved one suffer TBI resulting from an accident, you may need the assistance of Virginia personal injury lawyers to recover justice against the responsible parties.

To learn more about brain damage and head injuries, check out our FAQ 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.