Defining the Different Kinds of Brain Injuries and Head Trauma By Larry A. Tawwater on August 14, 2015

X-ray of a person's brainThe legal team at The Tawwater Law Firm is committed to helping injury victims and their loved ones throughout the state of Oklahoma. We are experienced advocates for the injured, always fighting diligently to ensure the legal system works for those in need.

Our experience with complication litigation is especially important in brain injury and brain damage lawsuits. Let's take this opportunity to consider different forms of brain injuries.

Types of Major Head Injuries

There are two major kinds of head injuries that typically result in brain injuries. Let's consider each of these briefly:

  • Open Head Injuries – Open head injuries refer to cases in which an object penetrates the skull. Since the skull is breached by an object, you can imagine just how serious the trauma to the brain tissue can be.

  • Closed Head Injuries – Closed head injuries refer to major blows to the head that do not result in an object penetrating the brain but are severe nonetheless.


A concussion occurs when a blow to the head or the body results in the brain striking the inside of the skull. This is the most common kind of traumatic brain injury (TBI), and it may be sustained as a result of an open or closed head injury. Repeated concussions have been pat of the news in recent years because of tragic deaths and mental health issues in the NFL, much of it due to repeated head trauma from years of playing football.

Brain Contusions

A contusion is a bruise in the brain, which means that there is bleeding inside of the brain tissue. This is often caused by a blow to a person's head. Severe brain contusions may be so serious that a surgical removal of the affected tissue is recommended.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a term applied to any major injury to the brain that results in damage to the living brain tissue. These kinds of injuries to the brain are the result of mechanical forces or bodily motion.

Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken baby syndrome is a tragic form of serious brain injury that is inexcusable. When a young baby is violently shaken, his or her brain my strike the skull, causing a concussion and brain contusions. Since the injury affects a very young person, the damage to the brain can lead to long-term issues with physical and mental development. In tragic cases, the brain injury may prove fatal.

Brain Injury and Childbirth

A number of brain injuries can affect babies as they are developing or as they are being born. This includes brain injuries related to a lack of oxygen to developmental issues while in the womb that are the result of drug/alcohol abuse or viral/bacterial infections.

Your Legal Options Following Serious Brain Injury

If a brain injury was sustained as a result of another person's negligence or failure to act, an attorney can help you receive just compensation to address losses and hardships. Our legal team will be here for you.

Learn More About Your Rights After Sustaining a Brain Injury

For more information about filing a lawsuit following major head trauma that results in a brain injury, be sure to contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. The team at the Tawwater Law Firm will be here for you in your time of legal need.

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