Can One Brain Injury Really Change My Life?

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Attorney

Every 21 seconds, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury. This often results in a litany of difficult choices and medical treatments for the injured and their family. Brain injuries are among the most devastating and traumatic afflictions one can suffer. They are caused by a wide variety of factors and present with a massive array of symptoms and conditions that experts are still struggling to understand. Often, brain injuries are permanent; requiring a lifetime of treatment and care.

Even a minor brain injury has the potential to seriously impact the victim’s life. Additionally, once a person has suffered one brain injury,…

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Learn How You Can Help Prevent Traumatic Brain Injuries During Brain Injury Awareness Month

Christopher Guedri, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Personal Injury Attorney

For more than three decades, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has proudly led the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month by conducting an engaging public awareness campaign in March of each year.

The theme for the 2018 to 2020 campaign is Change Your Mind.

The #ChangeYourMind campaign is meant to educate the public about brain injury and the needs of those who have been injured and the needs of their families. The BIAA actively strives to de-stigmatize brain injuries, empower survivors of brain injuries, and promote the support networks that are already in place for those suffering…

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Motorcycles and the Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury

Malcolm P.

Author: Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

Motorcycles may be an exhilarating method of transportation, but they have also developed a reputation for causing terrible injuries and death. Their small size and the exposed position of their riders creates a fatality rate of roughly 25 deaths per million miles driven, more than thirty times that of passenger vehicles. The most common injuries resulting from motorcycle crashes involve the legs and hips, but the most common cause of death is head injury.[1]

Motorcyclists are at a massively increased risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury. One recent study found that 12% of motorcycle-related emergency room…

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Tracy Morgan and Wal-Mart Settle after Crash

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Last year, actor/comedian Tracy Morgan was seriously injured in a car. The crash killed one and injured two other passengers in his vehicle. Morgan, 45, was on his way back to New York following a show in Delaware. His vehicle was struck from behind by a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer. The collision caused a chain reaction. Six cars were involved in the crash.[1]

The truck’s driver, Kevin Roper, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Roper had been awake for 24 hours prior to the accident. He had been on the road for more than nine hours when he rear-ended Morgan’s vehicle. The police report indicated that he failed…

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Skiing Safety Tips

Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Skiing can be a fun wintertime activity as long as skiers exercise awareness and follow safety precautions on the slopes. Being unprepared for the possible dangers of skiing can result in serious injury or even death, but taking the proper precautions can reduce these risks.

Ski Equipment and Safety

A large percentage of all ski injuries are the result of improper binding performance.[1] Ski bindings can fail to release or otherwise malfunction, causing ankle or knee injuries. To prevent this type of injury, skiers should check their equipment before taking it out on the slopes. Rented and owned equipment should be checked for defects…

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Common Head Injuries in the NFL

Author: Edward L. Allen, Personal Injury Attorney, Fredericksburg, Virginia

America’s national pastime has been under increased scrutiny over the past couple of years, from complaints over team names to controversies over head injuries among its players. It was the relatively recent string of suicides among NFL veterans that prompted a closer examination of football safety practices, eventually culminating in a number of lawsuits filed against both the NFL and the NCAA. Many hope that this will lead to a better understanding of head injuries and a clearer focus on player safety.

There is no denying that football is, and always will be, a highly physical sport. Player collisions are an inescapable…

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Preventing Child Brain Injuries

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond and Short Pump VA

There has been a lot of media attention recently linking concussions received by professional athletes to more serious brain-injuries. You might have used this information as a spring-board for discussing with your children the dangers associated with contact sports and the importance of safety equipment like helmets and pads. However, it is important to remember that it is possible for children to be injured, sometimes permanently, in a myriad of other ways. Thankfully, Heads Up to Parents, an organization focused on preventing child brain injuries, has developed a website,, that provides parents…

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The Military's New Effort To Understand Traumatic Brain Injury: Take It To The Bank

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle – Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The brain is the body's most complex and important organ. Even minor injuries to the brain can result in massive, often permanent damage and a severe degradation of the victim's quality of life. Despite the brain's importance, it is also the least-understood organ in the human body. The sheer complexity and fragility of the brain makes any research program inherently difficult and frustrating. Brain injuries are often slow to develop and can present many different ways, making the development of a comprehensive system of treatment almost impossible.[1]

Experts may not have a full understanding of the progression and treatment…

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Trampolines: Unsafe At Any Speed

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Kids love them, pediatricians hate them, and parents buy them in hopes that their children will go outside and get some exercise. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued an official policy statement in which the AAP concluded that "the home use of trampolines is strongly discouraged."[1] Although trampoline injuries have been decreasing in recent years, in 2009, there were an estimated 97,908 incidents involving personal injury from trampoline use, resulting in 3,164 deaths or hospitalizations.[2] Most injuries occur in the legs, but the most severe injuries result from head and neck trauma.

The six primary causes…

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The High Cost of Delay in Tractor Trailer and Trucking Accident Cases

  Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

Large truck accidents and tractor trailer accidents leave death and devastation in their wake, and in the midst of grief it can be very difficult to know what to do next. You may be wondering if you need an attorney to represent your interests and protect your rights. Tractor trailer accidents come with complications a cut above those associated with a normal accident, and most people find that they do in fact need an attorney to help them understand their legal position. You can rest assured that the trucking company will have experienced legal representation, and if you do not seek counsel from a truck accident lawyer you may find yourself at a distinct disadvantage.


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