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Woman Hurt in a Virginia TBI Accident Case is Awarded $500,000

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Woman Hurt in a Virginia TBI Accident Case is Awarded $500,000

Rear-ender accidents are among the most common types of wreck in Virginia. Although the rate of serious injury is not as high as with head-on crashes, they can be serious. In a recent case, a woman hurt in a Virginia TBI accident was awarded $500,000.

A report in Virginia Lawyers Weekly noted the woman was stopped in a left turn lane on Richmond Road in Albemarle County when she was hit from behind by another driver.

The woman did not lose consciousness at the wreck scene. However, she felt confused and dazed. She refused medical care at the wreck scene.

However, serious symptoms set in later. In a 48-hour period after the wreck, the woman experienced ongoing confu­sion with headaches, sensitivity to light and pain in her back, neck, and shoulders. It's not uncommon for accident victims to experience symptoms some time after a wreck.

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Traumatic brain injuries can be devastating

She sought medical treatment five days after wreck with her family physician. He diagnosed her as having sustained a concussion. However, one month on the woman continued to have symptoms of confusion and headaches and saw a neurologist. It's not unusual for symptoms of a brain injury to last months or even years.

Despite her treatment, her cognitive symptoms persisted, with just a mild improvement, for years after the accident. When people suffer a traumatic brain injury, they can lose their employment and their family relationships are often impacted.

Woman Hurt in a Virginia TBI Accident – How the Wreck Impacted Her Job

The woman was employed by State Farm Insurance Company. She had to stop work for four months after the car accident. She was able to return to work but her in­juries limited her abilities. She was eventually forced to work full-time from home. The insurance company for the defendant retained both a neuropsy­chologist and psychiatrist, reported Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

They examined her and found she did not have cognitive deficits and that she did not sustain a concussion or even a traumatic brain injury.

However, the woman’s medical experts and witnesses who treated her presented evidence that her cognitive symptoms were obvious, ongoing and impacted her quality of life. Her treating physicians said these issues were the result of the automobile collision. The woman ran up medical bills of $14,818.93.

The woman hurt in a Virginia TBI accident was eventually awarded $500,000 at a settlement before the case reached a trial at Albemarle Circuit Court. The woman was represented by attorneys Kevin D. Sharp and Carlton F. Bennett of Bennett & Sharp PLLC in Virginia Beach.

Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for TBI sufferers to experience cognitive defects after a car wreck with injuries. These can include reduced motor skills, short-term memory loss, depression and anxiety, difficulty with auditory learning and verbal communication. Often the cognitive effects of a TBI are permanent and can impact a sufferer's quality of life. Find out more about the impacts of a TBI here on our website.

Find out more about traumatic brain injuries here on our website. If you have sustained an injury of this nature in a Virginia car accident, please contact our personal injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

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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 Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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