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Women’s Soccer League Admits It Mishandled Player’s Concussion

By Mark Favaloro, Virginia (VA) Brain Injury Attorney

Earlier this month the National Women’s Soccer League did a surprising thing; it admitted that it made a mistake when dealing with an athlete’s recent head injury. The statement issued by the NWSL involved a blow to the head suffered by Western New York Flash player, Abby Wambach. Wambach was hit directly in the head by a fast moving soccer ball on April 20th and many wondered at the time whether she suffered a concussion. For 11 days after, the team denied there was any trouble or that it had ever done anything incorrectly.

Finally, at the beginning of the month, the group admitted that Wambach did in fact sustain a concussion. The NWSL also copped to the fact that the league made a mistake by not having medical personnel come onto the field and examine Wambach immediately after the incident. The NWSL said it would use this episode as a learning opportunity to better educate officials and players about the risks posed by head injures.

Though the NWSL agreed it made a mistake on the field, it said team doctors took proper care when Wambach returned to the locker-room. After she was done showering, a doctor and a trainer examined her and determined she had symptoms of a concussion. When she arrived home she was monitored daily by doctors and continued showing concussion symptoms for another four days until her baseline concussion test results matched those from two years ago.

At that point, Wambach was allowed to start her return to play procedures which require a week of gradual increases in training. She is now back to playing and appears to be fine.

Experts say the decision by the NWSL to admit to a mistake is important and hope that it sets a positive tone for other athletic organizations, especially those like soccer with a substantial number of female players. Previous studies have found that girls suffer concussions at a higher rate than boys and recover more slowly from head injuries.

Though everyone knows that professional athletes are at special risk for suffering traumatic brain injuries, especially concussions, the fact is even ordinary people suffer serious head trauma in certain cases. Car crashes are one common situation 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 pain suffered by the family, it will allow them to get back on their feet and out from under their enormous medical bills.

If you, or someone you love, have suffered a traumatic brain injury you likely are worried about what to do next. 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 answers to these questions 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.

Here’s a video where one of our attorneys, Mark Favaloro, discusses the dangers of closed head injuries such as concussions:

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What To Watch For If You Suspect A Traumatic Brain Injury In A Loved One

By Jim Lewis, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

Anyone who reads a newspaper regularly has likely noticed the increased attention given to traumatic brain injuries and the life-long harm they can cause. The focus on TBI has helped the public understand that blows to the head are not to be taken lightly and should instead be monitored vigilantly. While this change alone is good, most people are still unaware of some of the signs to look for. If you know the signs then you may be able to help identify trouble in your spouse before he or she is able to detect a problem, early detection being critical to minimize life-long complications.

If a loved one has suffered a head injury then some of the most common physical symptoms of traumatic brain injury include the following: balance trouble, fatigue, headache, sensitivity to light, nausea, sleep trouble and sometimes ringing in the ears.

Beyond these physical indications, there are cognitive issues that can signal potential TBI trouble. For instance, if your or someone you know has trouble finding words, begins suffering from lapses in memory, has trouble concentrating, generally sluggish thinking or shows unusual signs of disinhibition, then a trip to the doctor may be in order.

Traumatic brain injuries can also result in emotional changes, including anxiety, depression, mood swings and unusual irritability. These changes can cause serious issues in relationships because the person suffering the brain injury may not be aware of how their behavior has changed while the other party is confused or frustrated by what appears to be a dramatic personality shift.

Experts say it’s crucial in the event of a traumatic brain injury to work with a skilled physician immediately to begin rehabilitation which will lead to a speedier recovery. While the rehab is ongoing both parties need to educate themselves and try and remain patient despite the frustration that such brain injuries can cause.

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. 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.

Potentially Helpful Legal Information: 

Though everyone knows that professional athletes are at a heightened risk for suffering traumatic brain injuries, especially concussions, the fact is even ordinary people suffer serious head trauma in certain cases. Car crashes are one common situation 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 pain suffered by the family, it will allow them to get back on their feet and out from under their enormous medical bills.

Got Questions? Check Out Our FAQs

If you, or someone you love, have suffered a traumatic brain injury and are worried about what to do next, check out my firm’s FAQs regarding brain injuries where our attorneys answer important questions about brain injury related claims for compensation.

Here’s a video where one of our attorneys discusses various types of traumatic brain injury specialists:

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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.


Neurologist Organization Issues New Guidelines Concerning Concussions

By Mark FavaloroVA Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

The American Academy of Neurology recent issued guidelines that outlined how players should be treated in the event of an injury on the field. The new action plan is fairly simple: if there’s a problem, or even a potential problem, remove the player from the game immediately.

The rules state the obvious, that it’s far better to take a player out of the game after a head injury if a concussion cannot definitively be ruled out then it is to take a chance and potentially place that player at risk of sustaining a second, potentially deadly injury.

The organization recommended that state and local legislators take action to implement legislation that would minimize the occurrence of such sports-related injuries given the life-long harm they can cause. The recommendations go even further, saying that state health department should create sports concussion registries that contain medical records of those athletes who have been diagnosed with concussion so doctors can learn more about their long-term impact on brain functioning.

The AAN has also said that coaches should be given training to learn to spot signs of concussions. Coaches should be trained to give memory tests rather than simply looking for signs of dizziness and nausea, which are often not present in concussion cases.

Virginia legislators have taken some action on the subject already, with current law requiring that both parents and student athletes 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.

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 allowed to return to their sport until they’ve been given the go ahead by a skilled 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 or 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.

Here’s a video explaining the dangers of head injuries:

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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.


Even A Single Concussion Can Cause Lifelong Damage

By Mark Favaloro, VA/NC Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

According to a recent study commissioned by the Medical School at NYU, even a single concussion can be enough to cause lasting damage to a brain. Researchers say that even one traumatic brain event can cause impact that leads to long-term structural damage.

The study also discovered that patients who suffered from a concussion or other mild traumatic brain injuries, even just one, had significant damage to certain portions of their brain that was detected even a year after the initial injury.

Researchers used an MRI machine to map patients’ brains soon after an injury, about one to two months later, and then again a year after the injury. After 12 months had passed, researchers were surprised to find a noticeable difference in patients’ brain volume as well as structural damage to certain areas of the brain. Though they are not sure exactly what these structural changes might mean, doctors have pointed out that the areas with the damage are often associated with depression in patients.

The worry among doctors and researchers is that concussions are incredibly common, especially among athletes, and news that even one event could lead to lasting problem troubles many concerned about players’ safety. The numbers are truly troubling given that each year 1.7 million people across the country suffer from a traumatic brain injury, according to the CDC.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Given the terrible, life-altering risks associated with traumatic brain injury, even just one concussion, 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.

Potentially Helpful Legal Information:

Though everyone already knows that professional athletes are at special risk for suffering traumatic brain injuries, especially concussions, the fact is even ordinary people suffer serious head trauma in certain cases. Car crashes are one common situation 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 pain suffered by the family, it will allow them to get back on their feet and out from under their enormous medical bills.

Got Questions? Check Out Our FAQs 

If you, or someone you love, have suffered a traumatic brain injury you likely are worried about what to do next. 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 answers to these questions 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.


Skiers And Snowboarders At Serious Risk For TBI

By Jim Lewis, VA Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

While everyone has heard about the frequent brain injuries seen in sports like football and hockey, many may not realize how common concussions are in sports like skiing and snowboarding.  A recent article in USA Today discussed how common severe brain injuries are in both sports and how, among athletes, brain injuries are seen as part of getting to the top.

A recent study done by the University of New Mexico found that the rate of head injuries more than doubled at a major ski resort in Taos, New Mexico after they began allowing snowboarders on the slope. Without snowboarding, the resort had a head injury rate of 9.3 people per 100,000 visits. Once snowboarders were allowed at the resort the rate jumped dramatically, up to 19.5 people per 100,000.

Many doctors say that while the science of concussions has progressed in the sports, there is still a nonchalant attitude towards brain injuries. The reason given by many is that the sport attracts teens and young adults who believe they are invincible. Additionally, there’s a sense among many that brain injuries are not as serious as broken bones or torn ligaments. The fact that you can’t easily see the harm caused by a serious head injury helps disguise just how damaging they really are.

Researchers are only now beginning to understand the long-term damage caused by such injuries. Studies done on recently deceased former NFL players show that their brains have a significantly higher portion of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) which is a degenerative disease seen in those who have endured repeated concussions. The condition can cause dementia, depression and serious memory loss.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Though professional athletes are tough and daring by nature, it’s critical that athletes who have suffered a head injury be smart and avoid continuing to play until they’ve had time to properly heal. Doctors need to check out any injured players, regardless of the sport, 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.

Potentially Helpful Legal Information:

Though professional athletes are at special risk for suffering traumatic brain injuries, the fact is even ordinary people suffer serious head trauma in certain cases. 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? Check Out Our FAQs

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 answers to these questions 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.


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.


Scientists Discover Brain “Potholes” In Those With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

By Rick Shapiro, VA Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer

What Happened:

A recent study found that American troops coming home from combat duty overseas with mild traumatic brain injuries have detectable abnormalities in their brains. The abnormalities are being described by scientists as dips in the white matter of their brains, a kind of visible pothole.

The importance of traumatic brain injuries and their long-term effects have received significant attention recently due to headline-grabbing lawsuits by former professional football players. While it’s true that professional athletes are at a high risk of sustaining a TBI, veterans are another group likely to suffer such injuries. Recently released numbers show that between 10 and 20 percent of the soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have experienced a traumatic brain injury.

Researchers with the University of Iowa found that those veterans with a TBI have a significantly higher likelihood of having visible potholes in the white matter of their brains than those without a TBI. Research also revealed that the severity of the brain trauma matters. The more severe the TBI the more potholes appear in the patient’s brain.

Scientists have linked the presence of these brain potholes to increased likelihood of problems with decision-making, planning and other cognitive impairments.

Experts hope that this discovery, detected by using a MRI machine, could help doctors more easily identify traumatic brain injuries, especially the more difficult to detect mild cases. Though the initial study involved veterans, scientists say they believe the results can be applied to the general public as well. That means in the future it might be easier for doctors to detect TBI in those involved in car wrecks or workplace accidents. Researchers say the next step is to conduct a larger study with more patients to see if the results hold true in a bigger sample.

The Virginia Traumatic Brain 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 immediately be checked by a physician.

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. It might be possible to recover lost wages, money spent on medical bills, rehabilitation costs and even damages for pain and suffering.

Helpful Info: 

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious brain injury, it’s crucial that you consult a personal injury attorney experienced in successfully handling such complicated cases. Our attorneys handled a case involving a young child who suffered a traumatic brain injury after her family’s car was rear-ended by a truck. We were able to secure a $21 million settlement for the child and her family, much needed money that will help the family begin piece their lives back together.

Another potentially helpful resource for those affected by a traumatic brain injury is our firm’s free guide where you can learn more about your legal rights and options to file claims for compensation.

Got Questions?

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious head injury you’re likely worried about what the injury could mean for your future. If you’re worried about the required burden of proof, common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury or the long-term effects of a TBI, you can get those and other answers 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 & 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.


Study Attempts To Locate Biological Clues Of A Traumatic Brain Injury

By Kevin Duffan, VA Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

Though many people have heard about the dangers traumatic brain injuries pose to hundreds of thousands of veterans, it can be incredibly difficult to definitively diagnose and recognize cases of TBI. The problem is that while severe brain injuries are typically easily spotted, milder cases of TBI can be almost impossible to detect.

Soldiers are thus able to go years without anyone understanding the true nature of their problem. The veteran may have suffered from headaches or sleeping problems for years, but doctors are only able to guess at what the problem might be.

To remedy the problem, researchers at New York University have begun a massive study to find biological signals, known as biomarkers, that are able to provide reliable evidence of traumatic brain injuries. The goal of the study is to make diagnosing brain injuries less subjective and more objective.

These biological markers are important in allowing people suffering from TBI to receive the treatment they need. Without biomarkers, the head injuries can go undetected until symptoms become truly crippling. The long-term goal of the study is to develop such reliable markers that TBI tests could be administered at home, like pregnancy tests.

Groups of veterans are set to undergo a battery of tests to determine their genetic makeup, brain structure and hormone levels. They will also be subjected to MRI scans and the hope is that some uniform indicator will be found revealing when someone is suffering from a traumatic brain injury. Right now one guess is that the thalamus can sometimes reveal if TBI has occurred in a patient, something that can be detected through a brain scan. Other scientists will look or genetic, hormonal and blood markers that could reveal 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. 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. 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.

Got 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 & 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.


New Rule Should Make It Easier For Veterans With TBI To Receive Disability Benefits

By Randy Appleton, VA/NC Brain Injury Lawyer

What Happened:

Thanks to a recent rule change by the Department of Veterans Affairs, those veterans who have suffered brain injuries will soon have an easier time receiving disability benefits for illnesses that relate to their traumatic brain injury.

Under the proposed new rule, five illnesses will be accepted as secondary disorders related to traumatic brain injury. These five include: Parkinson’s, unprovoked seizures, dementia, depression and certain hormone deficiencies.

Changing how these diseases are categorized means that veterans who can establish that they suffered a brain injury in the line of duty no longer have to prove that the head injury caused the secondary illness. This little change means that thousands more troops will now be able to receive disability benefits.

The only caveat to the new change is that service members will have had to suffer what is described as either moderate or severe traumatic brain injury. Many patient advocates hope the VA eventually changes these rules to include all who have suffered any TBI, regardless of the severity.

The recent attention surrounding brain injuries in the military has become more pronounced after the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Many have said that TBI is the signature wound of both battles due to the high number of roadside bombings. The Congressional Research Office reported in 2010 that there had been 178,876 cases of TBI reported since 2000. Of those, 137,000 were deemed only to be mild.

The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:

Those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury are at risk of changes to many aspects of their lives, from personality and mood to impulse control. These symptoms may be temporary or could last a lifetime. It is important that those suffering from a traumatic brain injury receive immediate medical attention and continue to follow-up with therapy as needed.

Given that this condition could be very long lasting, those living with a traumatic brain injury may incur significant medical expenses. 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 & 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.