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Neck Size And Strength May Hold Key To Understanding Concussions

By Mark Favaloro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

Doctors have known for years that girls tend to suffer higher concussion rates than boys who play similar sports. The problem was that no one really knew why the difference existed, until now.

New research by the Colorado school of Public Health has shown that there are gender differences in neck strength and that the weaker a person’s neck is, the more likely their head will jostle around upon impact, thus leading to a concussion. The information is important for athletes to understand given that they can take action to decrease their risk of injury by strengthening neck muscles. In additional to stretching their legs and backs before playing sports, athletes should include stretches to their neck.

The research involved gathering data from nearly 7,000 girls and boys across three sports: lacrosse, basketball and soccer. The study found that neck size and strength were statistically significant predictors of concussion.

While it’s important that many recent scientific studies have focused on diagnosing concussions, it’s also critical to figure out how to prevent such injuries from occurring in the first place. The new study found that neck strengthening should be seen as a key tool to preventing concussions and should be considered by all those supervising young athletes who are at a special risk for such brain injuries.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’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 be allowed to return to their athletics until they’ve been given the go ahead by a doctor. I understand the special risks faced by young athletes and my firm has experience handling complicated cases involving sports injuries.

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. My 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 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.


Woman Who Suffered Permanent Brain Damage After Hospital Fall Receives $3.5M Award

Evidence presented during a civil jury trial showed that nurses and managers at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA, did not take basic measures to prevent the victim from losing her balance when she got out of bed.

By Randy Appleton, Brain Injury Victims’ Attorney in Virginia

An elderly woman who fell while she was a patient at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia (VA), received a $3.5 million jury award from the health system in mid-December 2012. Evidence presented during the civil lawsuit showed that nurses failed to turn on the woman’s bed alarm despite having information that she was at high risk for falling and suffering serious injuries if she got up without assistance. Hospital managers also failed to take other measures to protect the patient, such as assigning her to a room visible from the nursing station or having an attendant remain in the room or check in frequently.

The woman, who is now 87 years old and living in a long-term care facility in Richmond, had checked into the hospital to have arthritis surgery on her hip. As a result of her fall, she suffered a hip fracture, a stroke and permanent brain damage.

 

 

The Virginia Brain & Head Injury Lawyers’ Perspective

This case highlights some of the worst outcomes from failing to prevent patient falls in health care facilities. Even when broken bones, head and brain trauma, or death do not result, scrapes, cuts, bruises and even the loss of trust a patient feels he or she can place in doctors, nurses and health care aides complicate ongoing care and lengthen recovery time. Too many patients fall too often in America’s hospitals and nursing homes. When health care providers and facility managers do not do enough to protect patients from falls, they should be held accountable.

Potentially Helpful Info

If you or a family member suffered a brain injury when falling in a hospital or from any other cause out of your control, consider downloading this free report written by Virginia personal injury attorneys to begin learning about your legal rights and options for filing claims for compensation.

Have Questions? Check Out Our Firm’s FAQs.

You can learn more by reading through our online library of lawyers’ answers to frequently asked questions about head and brain injury cases.

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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.


Peyton Manning Concussion Scare Serves As Reminder to All Athletes

By Mark Favaloro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

A recent example about the potential dangers that concussions can present occurred after a Denver Broncos’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos’ quarterback, Peyton Manning, took a blow to the head while he was throwing a touchdown pass with only 18 seconds left in the first half. After Manning threw the ball, a Chiefs’ defensive lineman got to him and knocked Manning to the ground.

As Manning fell, the back of his helmet slammed hard against the turf. When Manning finally stood up he was clutching his helmet. The severity of the fall and Manning’s reaction after caused worry among team doctors who administered a concussion test.

Manning was cleared and given a good bill of health. The episode should remind all athletes that bumps and scrapes are a part of any sport, but taking quick action to ensure that you are ahead of any potential brain injury is critical to your health. Peyton Manning did not waste any time seeking medical treatment and neither should anyone if they’ve been injured on the field, whether you’re a professional athlete or an amateur.

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. What may appear to be a minor problem could actually be the start of a serious brain injury. That is why all head injuries should be checked by a skilled doctor, just to make sure there are no long-term effects.

Given that this condition could be very long lasting, those living with a traumatic brain injury may incur significant medical expenses and loss of income. 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 or a member of your family has been affected by traumatic brain injury, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options to file claims for compensation by downloading this free guide.

Have Questions?

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


Fall, Brain Injury Risks Prompt Recall of Graco Classic Wooden Highchairs

The potentially dangerous products were made in China.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Dangerous and Defective Product Attorney in Virginia

Reports of 58 falls and 24 injuries to babies and toddlers, including at least one concussion, prompted the recall of some 86,000 Graco Classic Wooden Highchairs sold in the United States between September 2007 and December 2010. About 3,600 chairs were also sold in Canada.

The potentially dangerous products were made in China. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, screws and a bracket that hold the seat on the legs can fail, sending infants tumbling. Full details on which models of the high chairs should no longer be used without being fixed and what parents need to do to get a repair kit are available on the Graco website.

 

 

The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer’s Perspective

As a personal injury attorney in Virginia (VA) and a mother, I take children’s safety very seriously. I applaud any company that acts to alert consumers about known or potential dangers from baby and child products, then offers solutions. Graco does not appear to have waited too long to announce this high chair recall, but it is concerning that 54 infants and toddlers got injured due to a design defect that can be resolved by installing updated hardware.

The report of the concussion is particularly troubling. Understanding of the long-term negative effects of even seemingly minor brain juries has increased dramatically in the past few years. One thing that has become clear is that young children are particularly susceptible to concussions and can experience difficulties with learning and mental development if the injury does not fully resolve.

Potentially Helpful Info

If your child has suffered injuries from a recalled product, you can download this free report to begin learning about your legal rights and options for holding the company that made or marketed the defective or dangerous item accountable for the harm the product caused.

Have Questions? Check Out Our Firm’s FAQs.

You can also learn more about head and brain injury lawsuits by reading through our online library of lawyers’ answers to frequently asked questions about such cases.

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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.


Bicyclist Suffers Head Injury in Collision With Car in Newport News, VA

The crash occurred mere minutes before a second driver hit and hospitalized a man crossing the street in the same city.

By Randy Appleton, Head and Brain Injury Attorney in Virginia

In a new blog post to our Virginia personal injury lawyers’ website, attorneys with Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton report on a crash between a car and a bike that sent the bicyclist to a hospital with head injuries. The crash occurred mere minutes before a second driver hit and hospitalized a man crossing the street in the same city. To read more, click over to “Separate Accidents in Newport News, VA Injure Pedestrian, Bike Rider.”

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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 Car Crash Leaves Teen Bike Rider Critically Injured

The 16-year-old bicyclist collided with a car on Pleasure House Road near Shore Drive and was flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital with life-threatening head and body injuries.

By Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton, Bicycle Accident Injury Victims’ Attorneys

A collision with a car on Pleasure House Road near Shore Drive in Virginia Beach, VA, left a 16-year-old in critical condition on June 8, 2012. Police do not know what caused the accident, nor did they tell WAVY-TV 10 whether the teen bicyclist was wearing a helmet or following traffic laws that apply equally to cars and bicycles.

What is known is that the young bike rider sustained life-threatening head and body injuries and needed to be flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital. The following video shows the location and aftermath of the crash.

 

Car hits 16-year-old bicyclist on Pleasure House Road in Virginia Beach.

The Shore Drive corridor has been the site of several serious and fatal bicycle accidents over the past three years. Even though this most recent crash occurred along a stretch of a side road marked with bike lanes, the combination of narrow shoulders, heavy traffic and residences and businesses sitting very close to the street make biking a dangerous proposition in that area of Virginia Beach.

Drivers must constantly be on the lookout for people on bicycles. At the same time, bike riders need to do all they can to protect themselves and avoid collisions. The risk of traumatic brain injuries and other potentially disabling or deadly injuries is simply too great for anyone to ignore.

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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.


Motorcyclist Suffers Critical Brain Injury in Newport News, VA Crash

The driver of the car the motorcyclist hit was traveling toward the bike rider and attempted to make a left-hand turn just before the accident.

By Jim Lewis, Virginia Attorney for TBI Victims

A collision with a car on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News, Virginia (VA), left a motorcycle rider hospitalized in critical condition with a traumatic brain injury. The accident occurred at around 9:30 pm on April 27, 2012, near the intersection with Hogan Drive.

Police continue to investigate the crash, but officials told reporters that the driver of the car the motorcyclist hit was traveling toward the bike rider and attempted to make a left-hand turn just before the accident. Left for police to determine is whether the motorcyclist was speeding or operating unsafely, or whether the person behind the wheel of the car failed to yield right of way.

Media reports did not indicate whether the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.


View a larger map of where a motorcycle-car crash in Newport News, VA, left a biker with a life-treatening TBI.

What is undeniable, though, is that yet another motorcycle rider wound up with a TBI after a car or truck turned in front of him. As a Virginia personal injury attorney who has assisted victims of motorcycle accidents and brain injury victims, I have seen too often the terrible aftermath of collisions resulting from drivers failing to watch out for people on bikes when turning or changing lanes.

I wish the biker hurt in this crash a full and speedy recovery.

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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 Head-On Collision Results in Serious Injuries

Anyone involved in a head-on in a car accident and having to be airlifted to the hospital probably won’t be “okay” for a long time, if ever.

By Richard N. Shapiro, Virginia Brain Injury Attorney

A recent quote from a news report about a head-on collision in Virginia Beach, VA, caught my attention. A driver had to be flown to the hospital by helicopter after a serious car crash on Indian River Road and Orchard Spring Way. In the report, police were mentioned as saying that the injured person “is expected to be okay.”

As a Virginia (VA) personal injury attorney, I can tell you that anyone involved in a head-on in a car accident and having to be airlifted to the hospital probably won’t be “okay” for a long time, if ever.

The statement would have been a lot more accurate if the police spokesperson had said the victim is expected to live. I’m certainly glad the person survived the accident, but he and his family have a long road to recovery.

Even the best VA personal injury attorney will tell you that the effects a serious car accident injury do not end at the scene of the wreck or the emergency room. Even after an injured victim is released from the hospital, he or she usually faces months, sometimes years, of physical, emotional, and financial challenges.

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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.


Brain Injuries: Lump Sum or Structured Settlement?

When any part of a person's brain is damaged, long-lasting problems can result.

By Kevin Duffan, Virginia Brain Injury Attorney

It’s not true that humans only use 10 percent of their brains; each part of the brain has a purpose. When any part of a person’s brain is damaged, long-lasting problems can result. The choice many injured people have to make is between taking a lump sum or a structured settlement. An experienced Virginia (VA) personal injury attorney reviews both choices.

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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.