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Brain Injuries
Brain Injuries

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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Virginia Brain Injury Lawyers Seek Full and Fair Compensation for You

Providing compassionate counsel after a catastrophic accident

Brain injury is one of the most serious injuries anyone can suffer, causing far-reaching and permanent consequences. In tragic cases, brain injuries can result in coma or even death. If you suffer a serious blow to the head, it’s important to hire experienced Virginia brain injury lawyers to fight for your rights.

If you or a loved one is coping with a brain injury caused by the negligence or recklessness of another, you need an aggressive legal team to take on the responsible parties and their insurance companies on your behalf. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we take your injury and related needs seriously — we provide experienced counsel for you and your family in a time of crisis.

Although brain injuries can be catastrophic, you may not always be initially aware you sustained a brain injury after an auto accident or a fall at a business. For this reason, you should never rush into reaching a settlement with the insurance company. Often the cognitive impacts of a brain injury do not become apparent until weeks after your accident.

Many people who suffer a blow to the head, receive a ‘mild traumatic brain injury’ or a concussion without loss of consciousness. The term is misleading because a mild traumatic brain injury can have serious consequences and impact your job and your education. An experienced Virginia brain injury lawyer will advise you on your options.

Brain injury's impact on quality of life

Often suffered through car accidents or slip and fall accidents, traumatic brain injury (TBI) involves any kind of trauma to the head. No matter what causes TBI, the consequences are often life altering. They include:

  • Expensive medical care — Whether your injury requires short-term care in a hospital or long-term care in a rehabilitation facility or your home, you deserve compensation for what are often huge medical expenses.
  • An inability to work — Disability pay, if you have any, covers only a fraction of most people’s income. Being unable to work also affects a sense of well-being and purpose.
  • Quality of life — Following a TBI, you may never be able to enjoy the kind of life you once did, in your career and your personal life. That consequence deserves compensation.
  • Impaired concentration and memory — Head trauma can affect your ability to understand and retain information, making it difficult to carry on conversations or read or, more importantly, work.
  • Pain and suffering — The physical and emotional damage suffered in TBIs may be difficult to quantify but qualifies as an avenue for recovery of damages.

If your brain injury was caused by another person’s recklessness or neglect, or in rare cases by medical malpractice, your suffering demands justice. Each case’s merit is based on its own facts, but our lawyers have proven results. Personal injury attorney John Cooper was a member of the legal team that successfully obtained a $46 million verdict for a client who suffered a brain injury. After the verdict, a new trial was ordered because the judge found the amount to be excessive, and the case was subsequently settled for an undisclosed sum. This remains one of the largest jury awards for a closed-brain injury ever.

A traumatic brain injury is a factor in many auto accident claims in which we have represented clients in Virginia. A brain injury suffered in a car crash may derail a young life, as in the case of our client who was hit by a red light runner in Virginia Beach. It meant he was not able to pursue his chosen career as a truck driver. He was awarded $815,000.

Recovering from brain injury

In manycases, it is impossible to reverse TBI damage. Usually, initial medical treatment focuses on minimizing further damage and may include one or more surgeries or an induced coma. Once a patient has stabilized, medical personnel put together a rehabilitation plan that may include treatment by:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists

Specialized treatment is exorbitantly expensive. When you factor in losing the ability to work, necessary home health care, and the suffering of both the injured party and the TBI victim’s family, putting a number on fair compensation may seem impossible. Brain injuries are very complicated. A sufferer may experience a wide range of cognitive deficits depending on which part of the brain was injured in an accident. Our brain injury lawyers work with your family as if they were our own to fully assess the damages and to fight for every dollar you are due.

To get the compensation you deserve following a TBI, contact our veteran attorneys today

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in an accident caused by the carelessness of others on the highways of Virginia, on the railroads, at a business, or on the sports field, please contact our experienced attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers today by calling 757.455.0077 to schedule a free case evaluation. Our lawyers have a main office in downtown Norfolk and client meeting locations in all of the cities of Hampton Roads and on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We can also travel to your home or hospital if you cannot come to us.


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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