Virginia Beach Brain Injury Lawyer
Head trauma 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 an experienced Virginia Beach TBI lawyer to fight for your rights.
If you or a loved one is coping with brain damage caused by the negligence or recklessness of another, you need an aggressive lawyer to take on the responsible parties and their insurance companies on your behalf. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, John Cooper and our team of injury attorneys 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 trauma to the head 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 TBI 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 Beach 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. Some of the types of compensation that a lawyer may be able to pursue following your brain injury 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, which our brain injury lawyers could help with.
- 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, neglect, or, in rare cases, by medical malpractice, your suffering demands justice. Each case’s merit is based on its own facts, but our TBI attorneys have proven results. Personal injury lawyer John Cooper was a member of the legal team that successfully obtained a $46 million verdict for a client who suffered a brain injury in Virginia Beach. 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. Head trauama 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 a TBI
In many claims, it is impossible to reverse the damage from a brain injury. 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:
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 Virginia Beach 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 following your brain damage.
Getting Compensation With a VA Beach Brain Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered brain damage in an accident caused by the carelessness of others, contact a lawyer from our firm today. Our experienced Virginia Beach brain injury lawyers at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers offer free case evaluations. Our TBI 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 and help you file a brain injury claim.