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Traumatic brain injury causes a lot of complications, including loss of memory, challenges with focus, and mood swings. It can make working impossible or leave you struggling with ongoing cognitive challenges. If your brain injury resulted from someone else’s negligence, a Virginia Beach traumatic brain injury lawyer from Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can help you pursue compensation.

According to the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, more than 223,000 people are hospitalized yearly due to traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Patients may suffer major consequences from a traumatic brain injury, from short-term memory problems to difficulties focusing and concentrating. A traumatic brain injury can make working difficult and interfere with daily activities.  

When you suffer a head injury due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your losses. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, you will find Virginia Beach traumatic brain injury lawyers who will counsel you about your rights and help you fight for compensation.

How Can a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer in Virginia Beach Help Me?

A Virginia Beach TBI lawyer guides you through your legal case to get the compensation you deserve.   

Collecting Evidence 

A lawyer can collect essential evidence to establish what led to your traumatic brain injury, including gathering physical evidence, interviewing witnesses, locating and reviewing any photos or video footage from the accident, and identifying the party or parties responsible for your injuries.  

A lawyer can also gather medical evidence related to your case, including records, test results, and statements from medical professionals showing the full extent of your injuries.  

Building a Case 

TBI lawyers know how to build an effective brain injury claim. Your claim must establish critical information about who caused or contributed to your accident, what damages you sustained, and what compensation you may deserve for your injuries.  

In addition, a skilled and experienced brain injury lawyer will have a network of expert witnesses to consult with. These experts can help establish liability and prove the extent of your injuries.  

Communicating With the Insurance Company 

Insurance companies don’t often provide adequate compensation after a TBI. They are motivated solely by their bottom line and will not act in your best interests. A lawyer can deal with the insurance company, allowing you to focus on your recovery. A lawyer will negotiate on your behalf so you do not accept a low settlement offer or partial liability for your injury. 

After a brain injury, contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Having a professional on your side will improve your odds of winning.   

You Don’t Pay Us Unless We Win 

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we offer a free consultation to analyze what led to your accident and provide insight into your rights. Then, we take cases on a contingent fee basis. This means you will not pay any legal fees until we win your case. 

Meet the Award-Winning Team at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Our personal injury lawyers in Virginia Beach have the experience and resources necessary for you to achieve justice. We fight aggressively on behalf of our clients so they can maximize their results.  

Attorney John Cooper was chosen as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Virginia in 2011 and has been named as one ever since. He was also included on the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 list from 2019 to 2021, among other awards and accolades.  

Attorney Jim Hurley has been listed among the VA Super Lawyers for personal injury between 2014 and 2023. He has a 10 out of 10 rating on AVVO and has been named a Top Lawyer by Coastal Virginia Magazine and CoVaBIZ from 2019 to 2022.  

Our Results 

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers obtained Virginia’s second-highest car crash verdict in 2022. Our attorneys have successfully recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, providing them with the funds they need to rebuild their lives after an accident. For example, we recovered $5 million for a client who was struck by a construction truck and suffered a TBI, among other injuries. 

What Are the Different Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Trauma to the head can lead to long-term complications for the victim. Brain injuries range from mild to severe.  

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury 

A mild brain injury can potentially impact learning, memory, and problem-solving. Symptoms of mild brain injury usually resolve over time. However, patients who suffer repeated injuries may need more recovery time and have lasting difficulties with memory and concentration, balance, or headaches.  

Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury 

Moderate to severe brain injury often has a long-term impact on the victim’s physical and cognitive abilities. Immediately after the incident, it may lead to loss of consciousness that ranges from several minutes to several hours or more.  

In the long term, moderate to severe brain injuries cause problems with memory, learning, communication, and executive function. Patients may also suffer from emotional challenges, including depression and anxiety, or have behavioral changes, including loss of self-control or increased risk of outbursts. Patients with moderate to severe brain injuries may have symptoms that linger for years or the rest of their lives.  

What Are the Symptoms of Brain Injuries? 

After a brain injury, the cognitive issues you face may depend on the severity of your injury and the area of the brain impacted by the trauma. Symptoms of TBI can include: 

  • Long-term memory losses 
  • Short-term memory struggles 
  • Loss of focus 
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Sleep disturbances 
  • Headaches 
  • Vision or hearing changes 
  • Emotional regulation challenges 
  • Impulsivity 
  • Personality changes 

Dealing with a TBI can cause immense challenges and complications. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can help you move forward after a traumatic brain injury because we wrote the book on it. Download a free copy of “The Best Book About Virginia Car Accidents & Injuries” to learn what to do after an accident, how to deal with insurance agencies, and when to get help. 

Potential Damages After a TBI

A brain injury can cause life-altering challenges and significant financial problems. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we strive to maximize the compensation our clients recover for the damages they sustain. Some of the types of compensation that a lawyer may be able to pursue include: 

  • Expensive medical care: Whether your injury requires short-term care in a hospital or long-term care in a rehabilitation facility, you deserve compensation for costly medical bills. 
  • 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. The injury may affect both your career and your personal life. You deserve compensation for those consequences. 
  • Impaired concentration and memory: Head trauma can affect your ability to understand and retain information, making it difficult to carry on conversations, read, or work.
  • Pain and suffering: The physical and emotional damage from TBIs may be difficult to quantify. However, we can help value these effects and ensure you receive proper compensation.

Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury occurs when the head experiences a blow, jolt, or sharp impact that penetrates the skull. A lack of sufficient oxygen to the brain can also cause a brain injury.  

The following are some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries:  

  • Motor vehicle collisions 
  • Falls 
  • Pedestrian accidents 
  • Swimming accidents 
  • Boating accidents 
  • Sports injuries 
  • Explosive blasts 
  • Acts of violence 
  • Domestic violence and child abuse 
  • Gunshot injuries 
  • Workplace accidents 

Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, accounting for around 35 percent of all non-fatal TBIs across the United States. Motor vehicle crashes, including truck accidents, car accidents , motorcycle accidents, and bus accidents, make up around 17 percent of non-fatal traumatic brain injuries. 

How Do You Prove a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Proving a traumatic brain injury is often complex. You must establish that the injury resulted from someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or recklessness. This can be difficult, especially because the extent of many brain injuries is not immediately apparent. You also need to provide clear medical evidence that lays out the damages you sustained and how your brain injury continues to impact your life. Evidence may include: 

  • Medical records diagnosing your injury 
  • Witness testimony, including noting that you lost consciousness at the scene of the accident 
  • Photo and video evidence, including dash cam footage or content recorded by bystanders 
  • Statements from medical care providers about the loss of cognitive function after your accident 
  • Tests showing medical evidence of brain injury, including signs of bleeding on the brain or swelling 

Your lawyer may also want a medical expert to testify about the impacts on your long-term cognitive function and the details of your recovery, particularly if the injury will have lasting effects on your life.  

The Importance of Evidence Collection 

Whether you have sustained an injury due to a car accident or a fall, collecting evidence soon after your accident can be critical to your case. Witnesses’ memories can fade, and police or drivers may delete dash cam footage. The sooner you start collecting evidence, the better you can protect it.  

A Virginia Beach traumatic brain injury attorney can help you collect the right information and documents to pursue a successful claim. 

Consult With a Virginia Beach Brain Injury Attorney To Get the Compensation You Deserve

If you suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of another party, a Virginia Beach TBI lawyer can help you pursue compensation for those damages. Contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers today to schedule your free consultation.  

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