Jackson Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
Serious Head & Brain Injuries
An injury to the head or brain can significantly impact the victim’s life. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, often lead to devastating complications, from cognitive impairment to behavioral changes to permanent and irreversible damage. When a victim suffers a TBI in an accident or incident caused by someone else’s negligence, they and their family deserve justice.
At Mama Justice – MW Law Firm, we are committed to helping victims of serious head and brain injuries fight for the fair compensation they are owed. With more than 40 years of combined experience and a long-standing history of success, we are recognized for our dedication to our clients and our ability to successfully secure the results they need to heal. Led by our founding attorney, Missy Wigginton, AKA Mama Justice, our team is here to guide you through the legal process and advocate for your rights.
Types of Brain InjuriesAn acquired brain injury (ABI) is a brain injury that occurs any time after a person is born. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are those that result from catastrophic events, such as motor vehicle accidents or significant falls. TBIs are further categorized into two main types:
- Closed-Head Injuries: A closed-head injury is a brain injury in which the skull bone surrounding the brain suffers no physical damage.
- Open-Head Injuries: An open-head injury is a brain injury in which the skull bone surrounding the brain is physically damaged.
- Concussions: A concussion is a type of brain injury caused by sudden force, such as a blow to the head. Although they are generally considered “mild,” concussions are still serious and require professional medical treatment. Severe concussions, as well as multiple concussions, can lead to significant brain damage and related complications.
- Contusions: A brain contusion is essentially a bruise that forms on the brain, typically in conjunction with another injury, such as a concussion. In most cases, brain contusions are relatively mild and heal on their own. Sometimes, however, they can cause significant complications and may need to be surgically removed.
- Coup-Contrecoup: A coup-contrecoup brain injury is actually two injuries that occur when a powerful force or impact to the head damages the brain at the initial point of impact and causes the brain to move within the skull and hit the opposing inner wall. The second point of injury occurs where the brain slams into the inside of the skull.
- Diffuse Axonal Injuries: A diffuse axonal injury is a type of brain injury in which the tiny, microscopic connective fibers within the brain tear. Also known as “shearing,” these tears can lead to devastating and irreversible brain damage depending on their size and location. Sadly, this type of brain injury is often fatal.
- Oxygen Deprivation: Anoxia and hypoxia are two forms of oxygen deprivation in which oxygen supply is entirely cut off or partially cut off, respectively. Oxygen deprivation can lead to significant brain damage within a matter of seconds and, if oxygen is completely cut off or restricted for too long, it can be fatal.
- Penetrating Injuries: A penetrating brain injury is a type of open-head injury in which a foreign object pierces the skull and enters the brain. These types of brain injuries are commonly associated with violence and criminal activity, but penetrating brain injuries can occur in all types of accidents and catastrophic events.
- Skull Fractures: A skull fracture occurs when the skull bone breaks. This type of brain injury is particularly catastrophic and often fatal. While some fractures are relatively mild, many skull fractures lead to serious, life-threatening complications, such as hemorrhaging and coma. In some cases, pieces of the skull may contact the brain, leading to significant damage.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain InjuriesTraumatic brain injuries most commonly result from accidents and other catastrophic events, as well as intentional and/or criminal acts. Some of the leading causes of TBIs include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Large truck collisions
- Sports accidents
- Recreational accidents
- Medical errors
- Birth injuries
- Workplace accidents