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Cooper Hurley Client Awarded $350,000 After Being Rear-ended by Dump Truck in VA Beach

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Cooper Hurley Client Awarded $350,000 After Being Rear-ended by Dump Truck in VA Beach

Dump trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. They are heavy and bulky and have numerous blind spots.

If you are unfortunate enough to be rear-ended by a dump truck you are likely to suffer serious injuries.

This was what happened to Cooper Hurley’s client from Norfolk who was hit and injured in a crash involving a dump truck in Virginia Beach. All cases are unique and a previous case is no indication of a future one, but our client was awarded $350,000 in this instance.

Cooper Hurley client was hit by dump truck

The case was featured in Virginia Lawyers Weekly which noted this young man was treated for head and neck pain after the wreck at a local hospital. Concussion was not diagnosed at the time.

Later on in the week of the accident, the man returned to the emergency room, complaining about continuous headaches. A CT scan was negative and the second emergency room reported that he had not suffered a loss of consciousness nor a direct blow to the head.

However, our client was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome and a cervical strain. He continued to suffer from ongoing headaches, had trouble focusing on tasks and suffered photosensitivity.

Notwithstanding his issues, he was able to return to his old job and received strong performance reviews.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers’ attorneys John Cooper and Jim Hurley filed a case in Norfolk Circuit Court. Lawyers for the trucking company disputed the mild traumatic brain injury diagnosis. They argued that “simple” concussions heal quickly and the plaintiff’s symptoms were minor.

A settlement was reached at a mediation hearing about two months before the trial. The injured driver was awarded $350,000.

The case illustrates some of the dangers of heavy vehicles on the highways of Hampton Roads. Dump trucks often travel smaller, suburban highways as well as interstates and they can be a menace at intersections.  If you end up involved in a crash with a dump truck, you are more likely to sustain injuries such as head and spinal injuries.

Our Virginia and North Carolina injury lawyers have helped many people who suffered serious injuries in trucking wrecks. Please call us at (757) 455-0077 today for a free consultation if you have been hurt due to the fault of a trucker.

John Cooper

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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