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What Are the Bicycle Helmet Laws in Virginia?

The stats are clear: helmet laws save lives and help prevent catastrophic injury. Our brain injury accident attorneys outline the statistics below, and detail the legal actions you can take after a bicycle accident to improve your future.

 

Helmets reduce serious head injuries in bicyclists by 60% according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Nearly 80% of fatal cycling injuries occur in instances where helmets were not worn. The laws that mandate bicycle helmet usage in children and adults are the most effective countermeasures against these grievous injuries. The laws themselves can increase helmet usage by as much as 84%, saving lives.

The Brain Injury Law Center is headquartered in Virginia, where we represent clients who have been injured in car, motorcycle, and workplace accidents, among others. We have a unique focus on litigating brain and spinal cord injuries due to our extensive understanding of the long-term cost such conditions require. Our top priority is achieving support for the health, dignity, and future well-being of our clients and their families.

If you need to speak with an attorney right away, reach out to our offices by calling (757) 244-7000, or by scheduling an appointment through our online contact form. For more information on Virginia helmet laws, and how a lawsuit can help cover the cost of bicycle accident injuries, read on. 

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What Are Traumatic Brain Injury Long-Term Effects?

The brain is the central command computer of the human body. A traumatic injury to the brain can have full-body consequences, and affect your life for years. What are traumatic brain injury long-term effects, and how can a lawsuit help pay for on-going treatment?

The Brain Injury Law Center has compiled the following information on the long term effects of brain trauma. If you need legal representation after a traumatic brain injury (TBI), call us today at (757) 244-7000 to discuss your circumstances in a free consultation.

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Concussion Symptoms: Recognizing the Danger of Head Injuries

The human skull often acts as a built-in helmet for one of our most valuable organs, the brain. However, head injuries that seem like minor bumps can cause unseen damage like intracranial bleeds, fluid pressure build-up, or concussion. Recognizing concussion symptoms could save your life or the life of someone you love.

We here at The Brain Injury Law Center have created this quick guide to help you identify mild-to-severe concussion symptoms. Early detection of a concussion could mean avoiding permanent, debilitating damage to the mind.

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5 Ways Brain Injury Settlements or Damages Awards Improve Victims’ Lives

A brain injury suffered by a family’s breadwinner is a completely different struggle than the work needed to support a brain damage injury in a baby, child, or young adult. What about in cases of multi-person accidents, where one member of the family has physical and emotional trauma to heal from, while their loved one is waking up after a life-changing head injury? This is why it’s important to engage an attorney as quickly as possible, even regarding mild brain injury settlements, as brain injury settlements and lawsuits can take vital time you don’t have to spare.

As devastating and difficult as brain injuries can be, it’s important to move forward. That is easier said than done, however, depending on your circumstances. Contact us at the Brain Injury Law Center as soon as you can for a free consultation regarding your needs. In the meantime, read on to learn more about what head injury settlements or damages awards can do to improve the lives of survivors.

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5 Ways Brain Injury Settlements or Damages Awards Improve Victims’ Lives

Asking what a brain injury case is worth is like asking what a life is worth: there is no monetary equivalent that can make up for the data lost to your body’s central computer. That being said, while filing a traumatic brain injury lawsuit cannot reverse the damage suffered, here are five different ways an appropriate settlement could help ease the burden for you and your loved ones.

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Top 10 Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuits

Traumatic brain injury, commonly referred to as “TBI,” is a catastrophic injury that occurs when a blow to the head or a penetrating head injury disrupts the normal function of the brain. TBI can be caused by everything from a car crash to a slip-and-fall accident. This type of injury can range from mild concussions to moderate or severe TBI, which can result in permanent brain damage or even death. In many instances, a traumatic brain injury lawsuit may be needed to help the victim recover their losses.

While there are individuals who will quickly and fully recover from their injuries, others will face lifelong changes and challenges. These traumatic injuries can affect cognitive function, motor function, sensation, and behavior. This can create difficulty doing everything from household tasks to being able to work, requiring surgeries, therapies, and around-the-clock care. 

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Visual Midline Shift Syndrome Attorneys

Visual Midline Shift Syndrome (VMSS) is a serious medical condition where a person experiences a sensory and visual shift in the concept of their bodily midline. When this happens, it causes the person to think their center of balance is shifted too far over in one direction, leading them to lean toward the shifted side. This is often caused by instances of traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, or other incidents.

VMSS is also called Visual Perceptual Midline Shift Syndrome or Abnormal Egocentric Localization. It can cause problems with balance, center of gravity, walking, and performing simple tasks. As you can imagine, this can lead to a drastic change in the patient’s lifestyle and may cause them to lose the ability to work.

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Virginia Motorcycle Helmet Laws: Created for Your Protection

Many of the most serious injury cases involve motorcycle accidents. Due to the high-speed capabilities, and minimal shielding of motorcycles, a crash can cause traumatic brain injury, spinal damage, and other severe injuries. Yet, many of these injuries can be prevented by following basic motorcycle riding safety practices like wearing helmets. For this reason, Virginia motorcycle helmet laws were put into place for the safety and protection of riders. 

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What is Hypoxia? Causes and Dangers

The human brain is a marvelous instrument capable of astounding feats. However, it is also a highly sensitive organ that can be damaged through many different causes. Aside from more commonly-known types of brain injuries, such as concussions or traumatic brain injury (TBI), a lack of oxygen can lead to serious and even permanent brain damage. In medical parlance, this condition is referred to as “hypoxia,” also known as oxygen deprivation. 

Hypoxia is a dangerous condition that can happen to any person and is associated with many different causes and dangers.

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Do Seizures Cause Brain Damage? How Seizures, Epilepsy, and Brain Injuries Interact

A common question for many is, “Do seizures cause brain damage?” For people who have experienced a seizure, this question can weigh heavily on their minds. You may have heard about a general connection between terms like seizures, epilepsy, and brain injury, but you might not understand how they all fit together. 

If you or a loved one have suffered a seizure, brain injury, or both, it’s essential to understand some basic information about what these are, what causes them, and how they interact. Knowing how these connect can have significant impacts on your ability to obtain a legal damages award.

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How Concussion Recovery Time Affects a Settlement

Concussion recovery times are unique to each person. While some people only need a few days to get over mild symptoms, others suffer from brain damage so severe that they never fully recover. In either case, you can still receive compensation for related damages. If you are suffering from a concussion or any other type of traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another party, the attorneys at the Brain Injury Law Center can help you receive the compensation you need for recovery. (more…)

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