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Doctor Retains Our Firm in $30 million Civil Lawsuit

A prominent orthopedic surgeon from Virginia Beach, Virginia was attacked in her home on the morning of January 2, 2015. The surgeon’s name, Jamie Alexandra Dale.

head_injury_jordanHer attacker: Former Washington Redskin’s safety, Curtis Jordan (pictured).

Ms. Dale’s injuries were caused by repeated slams of her head into the floor, an addition to physical injuries to her back, legs, and other areas of her body. Dale was able to get herself to her bedroom and away from Jordan, where she went in and out of consciousness. While this happening, Jordan made an effort to clean the area where the assault happened, and grabbed his belongings then left the scene.

Ms. Dale’s neighbors became suspicious and came into her home, finding her in a bedroom and called 911 resulting in immediate hospitalization. Within the lawsuit filed by our firm on Ms. Dale’s behalf, both EMS and police noted blood on the carpet in the bedroom and hallway, as well as the door frame, stairs, and our client’s bedding.

Lead trial lawyer of the Brain Injury Law Center, Stephen Smith stated: “Dr. Jamie Dale needs closure to know that Curtis Jordan is off the streets and in prison for what he did. He is man I believe of significant assets, and is very well known in Lubbock, Texas, and his actions have altered the life of our client, for which I intend to use all of the available laws in our proceedings to ensure our client receives the best medical care, and so that she may move on with her life.”

Often referred to as the “silent injury”, brain injuries can be devastating to a victim due to the brain’s fragile nature. Even what may seem as a slight injury because there little or no sign physical trauma, such as a compression in the head, lacerations, bruising or bleeding, significant damage may have ben done.

“The brain is the most complex organ in the body, and while doctors and medicine have made incredible advancements in myriad areas, humanity still has much to learn about the brain.” - Stephen M. Smith, Esq.

vertical_awardsIf you or someone you know has suffered an injury, and are looking for answers to complex questions which often intertwine medical and legal knowledge, we can help. For nearly four decades our firm has represented individuals and families throughout the country, finding answers and justice on their behalf. Please do not hesitate to call as all consultations are free and there is no obligation to pursue filing a lawyer. Take the first step and get answers to your questions by calling by calling 877-537-4340. The call and consultation are free and confidential.

To read more about brain injury, recovery, resources and legal rights, take a look at our eBook, Breaking The Silence by clicking here. Breaking the Silence includes stories of survival and the incredible perseverance of many Americans who have suffered brain injury by no fault of their own. From art and music, to our aggressive representation on behalf of those in the military, we hope the resource can provide some answers from the comfort of home.

To learn more about our firm and fierce advocacy on behalf of our clients, please view our short video below.

Win Tickets to See “Concussion”

On Christmas Day, Columbia Pictures will bring Dr. Omalu’s story to the silver screen in a movie starring Will Smith. “Concussion” tells the journey of Dr. Omalu’s fight against the NFL to have his research be heard; the research that revealed the specific kind of brain damage that professional football players suffer and how it affects their lives even after they are done playing the sport.

Over a decade ago, forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu became the first person to identify chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players.

As advocates for opening the door for discussion about these serious issues, we are hosting a giveaway! On Friday, December 18th, we will be randomly selecting a winner for two (2) movie tickets to see “Concussion” opening on Christmas Day.


Gain entry by tweeting to @BrainInjuryVA and letting us know why you want to see @ConcussionMovie. Make sure you use the hashtag #BILCCares. Contest begins Friday, December 4 and ends Thursday, December 17 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Good luck!

Concussion Movie Tickets

Brain Injury Law Center Secures $3 Million for Race Track Victim

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Naser Mowfy emigrated from Egypt to the U.S. in 1984 with a passport and a dream. Twenty-seven years later, he had turned his ambition into a successful heating and air-conditioning business, and he held a master’s license in electrical work and HVAC. Over the years, he became the proud father of three children and husband to a loving wife.

Then, in 2011, they nearly lost him to a tragic car wreck in an amateur racing event.
Naser was racing on Langley Speedway in Hampton when his car skidded headlong into a wall, fracturing his skull through his helmet. He was in a coma for 19 days. He finally awoke to his family’s immediate delight — which turned to horror when they realized that he had suffered permanent brain damage.

Although he retained much of his intelligence, Naser now had the emotional age of a teenager. He was — and remains — brash, impulsive, quick to anger and easy to distract. Unable to perform his work, he lost his business and has had to remain at home, where he requires constant supervision.

The Mowfy family had regained a father, but lost a patriarch. Now it was Naser who needed to be taken care of. Continue reading

Real Cases, Real Results

Brain trauma is one of the most unpredictable forms of injury. With more specialized neural pathways than there are atoms in the universe, it’s amazing that the brain is able to recover at any level after suffering damage, whether it’s reclaiming the ability to walk, relearning social skills or unlocking unprecedented artistic and intuitive abilities. And there again, the body’s very ability to heal itself is directed by — what else? — the brain.

Of course, just as every individual brain patient and doctorsresults in a different individual set of abilities and personalities, every brain injury follows a different path of healing. Even the best doctors cannot guarantee an outcome for any given patient, and there are very few commonalities between one patient’s situation and another.

But all brain patients do have one thing in common: their need for support. Skilled, knowledgeable physicians, along with patient, loving, loyal family and friends, are essential to a brain trauma victim’s recovery. In addition, victims of brain injury may require the help of specialized law firms who can help them obtain the compensation they deserve for their injury.

And Real People, Too

Here are just a few of the victories we have celebrated in recent years: Continue reading

Brain Injury Law Center Proud to Announce “Best Law Firms” Honor

On Nov. 1, U.S. News & World Report announced the results for the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers. The Brain Injury Law Center was honored to receive a Tier 1 ranking in the category “Best Law Firms” for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.Best Law Firms

How is Ranking Assigned?

Our evaluation included consideration of feedback from satisfied clients, the high regard we have earned from other lawyers in the field and information we provided on a law firm survey. Continue reading

Stephen M. Smith Selected by 2012 Best Lawyers in America

Hampton Roads, VA – Attorney Stephen M. Smith of the Brain Injury Law Center (BILC) in Hampton, Virginia was recently selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Smith was selected in two practice areas, including Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.  He is among a distinguished group of attorneys who have been listed in the Best Lawyers for ten years or longer.

The selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising nearly four million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country.

Stephen M. Smith, the founder of The Brain Injury Law Center is an internationally recognized expert in traumatic brain and spinal injury and complex medical litigation.  With 37 years of experience, he has an unparalleled record of success.  The Brain Injury Law Center is the only law firm in the United States dedicated exclusively to representing brain and spinal injury victims, survivors and their families.

Health Journal Editorial Profile

Stephen Smith from the Brain Injury Law Center interviewed in The Health JournalBrain Injury Law Center Founder Stephen Smith was recently profiled in The Health Journal.

Interview By PAGE BISHOP-FREER

As the nation’s foremost brain injury litigator, Stephen Smith has built his 36-year legal career upon a thorough understanding of the human mind. But after speaking with the famed attorney, it’s clear that his dedication to his clients comes straight from the heart. Here are excerpts from Smith’s recent interview with The Health Journal.

Read the interview here!

A 10-foot mermaid made by artist MarieAnn Messina and sponsored by The Brain Injury Law Center appears at Home-A-Rama in Norfolk, VA.

The mermaid will be on display from October 16-31, 2010, at the Charity House at the Tidewater Builders Association’s Fall 2010 Homearama in Norfolk’s East Beach community. Following Homearama, the mermaid will be relocated to St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children to be enjoyed by the children and their families.

MarieAnn Messina
Artistry by MarieAnn
www.ArtistryByMarieAnn.com

The Compton Junior Posse Fundraiser

The Brain Injury Law Center is a major sponsor of the Compton Junior Posse, an organization dedicated to keeping inner-city youth off the streets, out of gangs, and on horses!

As the founder and director of the Brain Injury Law Center, Stephen M. Smith has dedicated his personal time to this philanthropy.  The third-annual fundraiser for the Compton Junior Posse was held on May 22, 2010 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, California. As the Master of Ceremonies for this event, Stephen M. Smith presented an award to Bruce Smith, a NFL Hall of Fame lineman, honoring his contributions to helping underprivileged children throughout the country. Eric Dickerson, NFL Hall of Fame Running Back and a guest of Stephen M. Smith’s, co-presented this award.

Also present at the Compton Junior Posse fundraiser was Roderick Potts, a youth that the Brain Injury Law Center has sponsored with a scholarship to participate in national equestrian competitions.

The Compton Junior Posse Fundraiser

Pictured Left to Right: Stephen M. Smith, Founder of the Brain Injury Law Center; Mayisha Akbar, Founder of the Compton Junior Posse; Saundra Price, Fundraising Chair of the Compton Junior Posse; and Bruce Smith, NFL Hall of Fame Lineman

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Brain Injury Law Center Unveils Charity House Mermaid

Charity House MermaidToday a 10-foot mermaid made by artist MarieAnn Messina and sponsored by The Brain Injury Law Center was unveiled at a dedication event in Norfolk, VA.  During the event children from St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children also assisted the artist in the final stage of the creation by applying their handprints.

The mermaid will be on display from October 16-31, 2010, at the Charity House at the Tidewater Builders Association’s Fall 2010 Homearama in Norfolk’s East Beach community. Continue reading

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