Virginia: Brain Injuries – a Lawyer’s Concussion

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Trial is the monthly journal of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association (“ATLA”). Its issue for September 2014 is entitled “Protecting the Vulnerable”.

Lead Trial articles are “FIGHTING HAZING IN COURT,” id. at 22-26; “CHANGING THE CULTURE OF BULLYING ONE LAWSUIT AT A TIME,” id. at 28-31; “SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY CLAIMS IN CHANGING TIMES,” id. at 32-38; “PROPOSED RULES UNDERMINE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY PROCEEDINGS,” id. at 35; and a Virginia one, “PROVING DAMAGES IN CHILD CONCUSSION CASES,” sub-headed “Proving future damages can be difficult when your young client has suffered a brain injury. Lay and expert witnesses are critical components in building your case.” Id. at 40-48. Trial’s “Verdicts & Settlements” for September, 2014, include: “College Student Falls Through Skylight,” reporting an $11,600,000.00 mediated settlement for premises liability; “Storage Unit Collapses on Patron,” covering a jury award of $5,660,000.00 for another premises liability; “Failure to Report Rotted Stairwell,” noting a $466,100.00 jury award for railroad liability; and “Mechanic Hurt During Unsafe Repair of Drilling Pipe, chronicling a $9,680,000.00 jury award for admiralty liability. Id. at 8-14.