I pride myself in helping clients through their toughest times.- Bill O’Mara
Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Plans $199 Million Expansion
By Mike Snellings, Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are seriously hurt in a car crash, an industrial accident or at a business, you will need the most advanced care available. Hopefully, the nearest top-tier trauma center won’t be a long way away.
I was pleased to read about how over the next five years, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital will spend $199 million to expand and update its hospital in the heart of Hampton Roads. Sentara Norfolk has the only Level 1 trauma unit in the region, and this level of care is what is needed when you are seriously injured. The American Trauma Society describes a Level 1 trauma unit as one that “is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury – from prevention through rehabilitation.”
As the Virginian-Pilot reported, the hospital’s expansion will provide three new floors to two separate wings, an upgrade to the emergency department, a replacement of a neonatal intensive care unit, and an upgrade to 18 operating rooms.
We'll visit you at the hospital - Jim Hurley
New Helipad for Nightingale Air Ambulance
The project is slated to begin next month in March. The Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance also calls Sentara Norfolk General its home. When motorists are very seriously injured or suffer burns, they may need to be airlifted from a wreck scene. The expansion’s plans show a helipad built atop the Kaufman wing of the hospital with an elevator that can take patients directly from the helipad to the emergency department’s trauma center. With any serious injury, every second counts.
Many of our clients receive their treatment at Sentara Norfolk General following a serious motor vehicle accident. The expansion means that the hospital can provide fantastic care to our clients.
The main office for Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is located a little more than a mile from the campus that houses Sentara Norfolk General, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, and Eastern Virginia Medical School. Many times, people injured in motor vehicle accidents contact our office before they are even released from an extended hospital stay. We meet with them at the hospital and begin investigating the accident—preserving valuable evidence to use in our dealings with the insurance companies.
If you have been injured in an accident, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Whether you are currently in the hospital or have already been released, please contact us at 757-455-0077 for a free, no obligation consultation.
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.
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.
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.
Cooper Hurley awards three $2,000 college scholarships annually to high school seniors in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore areas of Virginia. Eligible students can submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the subject of Distracted Driving. We established this program to aid worthy scholars and to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of distracted driving, which we encounter too often in our practice.