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Head Trauma
Head Trauma

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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Virginia Beach Lawyers Handling Accidents with Head Injuries

Virginia Beach head trauma lawyers assist people who suffer serious head injury caused by the fault of others

Head trauma is not to be taken lightly. Damage to the skull, the underlying muscle and other parts of the cranium can result in lifelong defects that require extensive rehab at significant cost. If you or a family member has recently suffered head trauma, you may need compensation to cover your expenses and huge loss of quality of life.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers represents Virginians suffering from the after effects of head trauma. We work to get our clients the best possible outcome for their case, understanding that they may require lifelong care.

Head trauma has many sources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracks incidences of head trauma and brain injury every year. According to its estimates, more than 1.7 million people suffer significant head trauma every year in the United States.  The primary causes are:

  • Falls — Falls happen every day, and most people escape serious injuries from them. Some falls, however, have severe and long-lasting ramifications. Head trauma from falls accounts for 35 percent of all brain injuries annually. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we fight for people who have suffered head injuries in slip-and-falls caused by the negligence of others.
  • Vehicle accidents — Americans, on average, suffer several car accidents over the course of their lifetime. Even a minor fender bender can create enough force to result in head trauma. As a result, motor vehicle accidents comprise 17.3 percent of all brain injuries.
  • Blows to the head — The CDC survey tallies “struck by/against events,” a broad category of personal injury causes. Blows to the head account for more than 16 percent of traumatic head injuries. They are the leading cause of head trauma among children.
  • Assaults — Most people consider an assault to be synonymous with a punch or kick, but an assault can be any unwanted physical contact with another person, so it comes in many forms. Assaults account for 10 percent of all brain injuries.

If you have been involved in any incident that is the fault of another person and believe you are suffering the effects of head trauma, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

The effects of head trauma are frightening

Head trauma refers to damage to the skull and the brain that it protects. The Brain Injury Association of America lists the potential consequences of head trauma, which include:

  • Visual-spatial impairments
  • Visual memory deficits
  • Decreased control over body movements
  • Decreased awareness
  • Difficulties in understanding language
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired logic

Major head trauma can lead to severe or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Both conditions may have serious and long-lasting implications for victims of car wrecks, slip and falls or medical malpractice who suffer head trauma.

Severe brain injury is diagnosed after a loss of consciousness for 30 minutes or more and memory loss after an injury or a penetrating skull injury that lasts more than 24 hours. Sufferers’ symptoms range from the impairment of higher level functions to a coma. Survivors of a severe TBI can lose the function of their arms and legs, lose the ability to communicate properly and suffer a wide range of emotional problems. The damage from the head trauma may be permanent. It’s vital to make a recovery that reflects your long-term medical needs.

When a head trauma causes a loss of consciousness or confusion and disorientation for less than 30 minutes, the condition is classified as a mild traumatic brain injury. A mild TBI can cause a wide range of symptoms including severe headaches, mood swings, attention deficit, memory problems and difficulty comprehending.

If you have suffered a head trauma, you should demand a detailed medical examination. The symptoms of a brain injury do not always show themselves from the outset but they may have a fundamental impact on your life.

A head trauma and the resulting TBI can lead toan inability to live independently, requiring permanent care and rehabilitation, which comes at significant cost.

Contact us if you or a family member has suffered an accident resulting in head trauma

The attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers have decades of experience working with clients who have suffered significant head trauma in Virginia and elsewhere. Of all the injuries you can suffer in an accident, brain injuries are among the most serious. A fracture usually heals. The brain is more fragile and you may be impaired for life. We understand the frustration and uncertainty that come with serious personal injuries, and our goal is to get you the best compensation possible. To schedule an appointment for a free consultation, contact us at 757.455.0077 or contact us via our website as soon as possible.

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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