Virginia’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Lawyers Can Help Secure Your Future

Breit Cantor Provides Compassionate Support and Unfaltering Advocacy for You and Your Loved Ones

The victims of traumatic brain injuries aren’t just those who experience the brain injury itself, but their friends and family members who lose much of the person they love and oftentimes have their own lives upended by the impacts of the brain injury. If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury, you recognize the ways it can reshape a life and those around it. For example, victims are often unable to return to work or even perform simple tasks without assistance, and loved ones dedicate themselves to caring for their family member, which can include overseeing medical and physical and cognitive rehabilitation therapy appointments, communicating with healthcare workers to ensure the best medical care is being offered, and helping with day-to-day tasks. 

At Breit Cantor, we believe a bright future is both warranted and possible for those with traumatic brain injuries caused by the negligence or actions of another, but the greatest impediment to such a future is often financial. That’s why our TBI lawyers in Richmond and Virginia Beach fight for justice and financial compensation so that you can move toward the future you deserve. With equal parts empathy and expertise, our collaborative brain injury law firm has secured hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, and we’re ready to do the same for you. 


If you’re ready to talk about your future after your or a family member’s traumatic brain injury, a member of our legal team can help you begin with a complimentary consultation. Just call our Richmond or Virginia law office at (855) 212-8200.

Few injuries are as serious as traumatic brain injuries. Head trauma, whether it was caused by a slip and fall accident, a car crash, or some other issue, can lead to memory issues, personality changes, and more.

Types of Brain Injuries

The brain is our most complex and delicate organ, and injuries to it can be deceptively indiscernible. It’s important that you seek medical attention after even the most minor of head injuries as they can result in brain damage and life-altering consequences. 

Brain injuries vary greatly in their scale and repercussions, but the major types include:

  • Concussion: Concussions occur as a result of a head impact and may immediately result in a loss of consciousness, dizziness, sleepiness, blurred vision, headache, and nausea. While concussions are a mild form of TBI, a single concussion makes you more susceptible to future concussions, and repeated concussions can cause permanent brain damage. 
  • Hematoma: When bleeding occurs in the brain, a hematoma, or blood clot, can form. The build-up of blood and the resulting pressure can lead to serious brain damage. Immediate symptoms include headaches, seizures, and a loss of consciousness. 
  • Edema: Swelling around the site of a head or brain injury is referred to as edema. In some cases, the skull—designed to protect the brain—actually works against it, as it does not expand to accommodate the swelling or allow fluids to circulate, causing pressure to build. Headaches, neck pain, seizures, dizziness, and memory loss are all symptoms of edema that may result in serious brain damage. 
  • Hemorrhage: If uncontrolled bleeding, or a hemorrhage, occurs in the brain as a result of external or internal head trauma, it can lead to irreversible brain damage. Nausea, vomiting, and severe headaches are indicative of a brain hemorrhage and medical treatment should be sought immediately. 
  • Diffuse Axonal Injury: A diffuse axonal injury, or DAI, is one of the most common yet incapacitating types of brain injuries. DAI occurs when there is a rotation or disturbance of the brain following a rapid acceleration or deceleration, resulting in abnormal tissue damage to the brain. DAIs often result in a vegetative state, or coma; ninety percent of coma patients never wake, and those who do are usually permanently and significantly impaired. 
  • Skull Fracture: When the skull is penetrated by an external object of broken or cracked as a result of a severe impact, it is not able to absorb the impact. As a result, a skull fracture can lead to a severe brain injury.

This is only a brief survey of traumatic brain injuries, which range broadly in their degrees of severity and impact to both the victim and loved ones. While every head or brain injury merits immediate medical attention, serious brain injuries can require extensive, ongoing treatment that can last a lifetime and cost millions of dollars. With the help of an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney like those at Breit Cantor, you can secure a brighter future for yourself and your family after a TBI in Virginia.

Common Causes of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can affect anyone at any time. However, some of the most common causes of TBIs include: 

  • Car accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Acts of violence
  • Medical malpractice

Symptoms of a TBI

While the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury vary by the severity of the injury, some of the most common symptoms include: 

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Vision problems
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Speech problems
  • Fatigue
  • Amnesia
  • Issues concentrating 
  • Behavioral changes

How Our TBI Law Firm in Richmond and Virginia Beach Will Build Your Case

Unlike other catastrophic injuries and accidents, traumatic brain injuries can be imperceptible, making them difficult to trace or even prove. Insurance companies and those responsible often try to take advantage of the subtlety and complexity of traumatic brain injuries to the detriment of victims, especially when that injury may have left the victim incapacitated. Proving the severity of an injury and the extent of its impacts requires experienced traumatic brain injury attorneys, and that’s where Breit Cantor comes in.

With hundreds of cases under our belt, many of which secured for our clients record-setting verdicts and settlements, ours is one of the leading traumatic brain injury law firms in Richmond and Virginia Beach. Our expansive and experienced teams of catastrophic injury attorneys closely together and with specialized networks of medical experts, full-time investigators, and other industry professionals to develop and defend your case. We work tirelessly to build the best case for every client, including testing cases in focus groups in order to identify the strategies necessary to secure your indemnity.

While our records and accolades, including being nominated to Super Lawyers® and Best Lawyers® lists by our peers for 10 years running, prove our proficiency in the courtroom, our greatest commendations and motivations are intangible: Providing the best possible future for our clients. At Breit Cantor, we fight for our clients every day, but we care for them every hour, providing the support and sensitivity to carry them through their case and beyond.

Virginia Brain Injury Statute of Limitations

According to section 8.01-243 of the Code of Virginia, adults have two years to file a brain injury lawsuit beginning with the date of the injury. There are exceptions for children. 

For instance, parents, guardians, or legal executors filing a lawsuit on behalf of an infant or young child have five years to file a brain injury lawsuit beginning on the date of the injury. This is because it can take time for a brain injury to present itself as children develop. 

Damages Awarded for Brain Injuries in Virginia

The reality is that brain injuries impact all areas of life. They prevent victims from being able to work or pay medical bills, not to mention the physical and emotional toll brain injuries have. Victims deserve to be justly compensated so they can start a new chapter and regain the confidence to rebuild their lives. 

An experienced Virginia brain injury lawyer can help victims navigate all of the compensation they are owed, including:

  • Special damages, which includes any costs a victim incurs as a result of a brain injury, like medical bills or lost wages
  • Future damages to accommodate costs that arise from a permanent disability as a result of a brain injury
  • Compensatory damages to accommodate pain and suffering 
  • Hedonic damages, which compensates for a loss of quality of life as a result of a brain injury
  • Punitive damages when the negligent party exhibited particularly reckless behavior 

Hypoxic & Anoxic Brain Injuries

In order to function normally and healthfully, the brain requires an uninterrupted flow of oxygen. A hypoxic or anoxic brain injury occurs when that flow is hampered, starving the brain of oxygen and impeding its vital processes. Such brain injuries can cause permanent, life-changing consequences that deserve justice and compensation, but pursuing them can be a complex process that’s best navigated with our experienced Virginia brain injury lawyers. 

Causes of Hypoxic & Anoxic Brain Injuries

The first step is determining the cause of your or your loved one’s brain injury, which can include:

When you partner with our Virginia Beach and Richmond traumatic brain injury law firms, you’re not just working with experienced TBI attorneys well-versed in Virginia law, you’re also working with a behind-the-scenes network of expert professionals. Together we investigate the details of your TBI case to ensure you receive the recompense you deserve and need to move forward.  

Consequences of Anoxic & Hypoxic Brain Injuries

Whatever the cause, if the brain is without oxygen for more than four minutes, the damage is permanent as vital brain cells begin to die. When the brain is completely deprived of oxygen, anoxia quickly sets in. Hypoxia, on the other hand, occurs more slowly, when the brain receives an inadequate amount of oxygen to function properly. Both can result in enduring and catastrophic brain injuries.

While the long-term consequences are life-altering, the immediate symptoms of mild anoxic and hypoxic brain injuries can include:

  • Lack of coordination
  • Lack of communicative skills
  • Headaches
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Visual disturbances

The longer the brain is deprived of oxygen, the more serious and disastrous the symptoms and impact. Victims of anoxic or hypoxic brain injuries can rapidly descend into a vegetative or minimally responsive state. In the worst-case scenario, these injuries can even lead to death. Our Virginia TBI lawyers can help you plan for your future after you or a loved one experience an anoxic or hypoxic brain injury. 

Brain Ischemia & Ischemic Brain Injuries

Sometimes anoxic and hypoxic brain injuries are caused by ischemia, which occurs when the brain receives insufficient blood flow. Because blood delivers oxygen to the brain, ischemia prevents the brain from performing its essential functions that depend on a healthy level of oxygen. Ischemia can impact a specific region or the entirety of the brain. 

The long-term symptoms of ischemic brain injuries can be cataclysmic, but it’s important to recognize short-term symptoms first, including:

  • Impaired vision
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Impaired speech
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Loss of sight
  • Weakness and physical fatigue
  • Difficulty with coordination

The causes of ischemic brain injury can be hereditary or result from preexisting conditions, like congenital heart defects of sickle cell anemia, but these injuries can also occur as a result of someone’s negligence or actions. For example, medical malpractice during childbirth can cause an ischemic brain injury that changes the victim’s life forever. If you or a loved one are recovering from such an injury, our Virginia traumatic brain injury lawyers will work with you to ensure you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.

Choosing an Experienced & Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury Law Firm in Virginia

From a slip and fall concussion to a skull fracture from a car or motorcycle accident, no two traumatic brain injuries are the same, but they all have one thing in common: The complexity of their cases requires the expertise of experienced brain injury attorneys. If you or a loved one experienced a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, they should be held to justice, and the brain injury lawyers at Breit Cantor will do just that. 

Traumatic brain injuries result in inestimable hardships that are physical, emotional, and financial, but holding those responsible accountable can help alleviate the weight of those consequences. We care about you and the justice you deserve, so we’ll make sure you have the right representation to help you secure the maximum settlement you are owed.

Frequently Asked Questions About Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuits in Virginia

Why should I hire an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney?

While they can’t be seen, brain injuries can wreak mental and even physical havoc on victims. Due to their imperceptible and varied nature, it’s difficult to communicate the impact of a traumatic brain injury to a judge or jury. And in a cruel twist of fate, TBI can impact your memory and ability to concentrate, making it even more difficult to communicate the extent of the injury. That’s why it’s integral to hire an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney in Virginia who can gather all the important evidence and build a clear case that communicates the extent of your injury to the jury. 

Why do I need a lawyer who has handled brain injury cases in the past?

All catastrophic injury cases are complicated, but brain injury cases particularly so. It can be difficult to quantify the impact of a brain injury, but our traumatic brain injury attorneys understand the subtleties and complexities of such injuries and can communicate those clearly and compellingly in defense of your case. We also have access to a network of medical professionals and investigators who can support your case with expert testimony. Breit Cantor’s experience and connections will help you easily navigate the convoluted details of your traumatic brain injury case.

What is the most common type of mild brain injury?

Diffuse axonal injuries are one of the most common brain injuries, occurring in about half of all severe head traumas. With diffuse axonal injuries, the white matter of the brain—which transmits information to other parts of the brain—is damaged, leading to a range of difficulties for victims. Whereas other brain injuries are “focal,” occurring in a particular, identifiable area of the brain, these are called “diffuse” because they are more widespread. Unfortunately, diffuse axonal injuries are not usually visible using traditional imaging studies like a CT or MRI, which makes it even more important to have a skilled team of brain injury lawyers on your side. The Breit Cantor team is uniquely equipped to communicate the nuance and impact of your injury to a jury.

After I Hit My Head, the Emergency Room Sent Me Home, and Now I Feel Even Worse. What Should I Do?

Brain injuries are among the most complex and unpredictable the human body can incur, and often their symptoms continue to evolve long after the injury itself or after you’re discharged from the emergency room. For example, you might not realize how severely your cognitive functions have been impacted until you return to work, or the symptoms of slow internal bleeding, or a hemorrhage, may not develop for days. If your symptoms don’t improve or continue to worsen, return to the emergency room where a medical team can provide you with the support and answers you need.

What are some common symptoms of brain injuries?

Brain injuries often go unidentified because their symptoms are so diverse and easily misinterpreted, but they can include: 
– Memory problems
– Language/speech problems
– Headaches
– Vision or hearing changes
– Balance problems
– Changes in behavior
– Changes in emotion
– Sensory/smell problems
– Seizures
– Cognitive difficulties

What causes a brain injury?

While our skulls form a thick, protective layer for our brains, they’re still a sensitive and complex organ, which means our brains can be injured in a variety of ways. These types of injuries are often the result of auto accidents and falls. These accidents often lead to injuries caused by sudden acceleration or deceleration. In these cases, the head whips quickly from front to back or side to side or comes to a sudden stop; when this happens, the delicate brain is jostled around inside the skull, causing irreparable damage to its soft tissues. Another common form of traumatic brain injuries from these accidents are penetrating injuries, in which the skull is punctured or fractured, sometimes even pushing bone fragments into the soft brain tissue. These accidents can also cause bleeding inside the skull, which causes pressure to build near the brain and exacerbate the existing damage.

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