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Cooper Hurley Client Awarded $675,000 After VA Beach Dump Truck Accident

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Cooper Hurley Client Awarded $675,000 After VA Beach Dump Truck Accident

Dump trucks cause serious damage to people and the smaller vehicles they hit. This year, the attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers represented two people who were injured by these vehicles within a matter of months.

All cases are unique and no case result  is a predictor of a future result, but we were happy to secure a $675,000 settlement for a woman who suffered a mile traumatic brain injury after a wreck involving a dump truck in Virginia Beach.

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The dump truck rear-ended a car driven by a single mother on a major road in Virginia Beach, Virginia Lawyers Weekly reported.

The car was severely damaged and the women suffered a concussion in the accident.

The injured woman had a cut on her scalp. It was evidence of a direct blow to her head that she sustained from the impact of the dump truck.

She later developed cognitive deficits consistent with a mild traumatic brain injury. The description of this kind of injury as ‘mild’ is misleading. A mild TBI can wreck your life. The woman suffered memory lapses and difficulties concentrating after the wreck. She needed help from a chiropractor to treat her injured spinal connective tissues. Despite these problems, the woman was able to return to work.

She hired Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers. Attorneys John Coopers and Griff O’Hanlon filed a suit in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.

Experts hired for the defense challenged the cause and extent of the woman’s concussion injuries. They tried to make a case that most minor concussions heal quickly.

Doctors hired by the insurance companies tried to claim the woman only suffered psychological harm from the accident in the form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) rather than a brain injury.

A settlement of $675,000 was reached at a mediation in Virginia Beach. It emerged during the case that the dump truck driver had a long record of felonies.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers we represent many people who have been harmed by commercial truck drivers. Recently a man from Norfolk who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury when he was rear-ended by a dump truck in Virginia Beach was awarded $350,000.

We look at the issue of truck driver negligence in Virginia here. When a truck driver causes an accident, the victim can usually sue the trucking company.

If you have been hurt in a trucking wreck, call our specialist Virginia dump truck and tractor trailer injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

Griff O'Hanlon

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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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