Brain Injury Attorney Augusta

If you or a loved one have sustained a brain injury in an accident, you shouldn’t have to worry about bills piling up and deadlines approaching. With M. Austin Jackson by your side, you won’t have to.

Our experienced attorneys will take care of the details and build a strong case for compensation so you can focus your energy on what matters most: healing. We’re a local Augusta firm, and we pride ourselves on taking a personalized approach to every case. With a compassionate ear, we’ll listen closely to your story and goals, then help you find the justice and compensation you need after a brain injury.

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What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. TBIs can be mild (often called a “concussion”), moderate, or severe, depending on how much they affect the brain’s functions.

  • Mild: Temporary disruption in brain function that may involve loss of consciousness for a brief period, headache, confusion, and other symptoms that resolve within days or weeks.
  • Moderate: Unconsciousness may last up to 24 hours, along with longer periods of confusion, dizziness, nausea, and impaired brain function.
  • Severe: Extended periods of unconsciousness or coma, significant cognitive and physical impairments, and potentially long-term or permanent disabilities.

TBIs are typically caused by a bump or blow to the head. In some cases, the external force is so powerful it moves the brain within the skull or pierces the brain tissue, often resulting in a catastrophic injury.

According to the CDC, an estimated 2.8 million people sustain a TBI each year in the United States. While most TBIs are relatively mild, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized for brain injuries annually.

TBI symptoms can range from headaches, dizziness, and confusion (in the case of a mild TBI) to life-threatening symptoms like coma, seizures, and long-term disabilities or death. If you’ve been in an accident and are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s crucial that you meet with a healthcare provider right away.

Protecting the rights of our Georgia and South Carolina neighbors isn’t something we take lightly. M. Austin Jackson ensures that traumatic brain injury victims and their families receive adequate compensation and care for their injuries. We’re your advocate during this hard time.

Experienced Team

We understand the challenges TBI victims and their loved ones face, and we know how to secure results on their behalf.

We Don’t Get Paid Unless You Win

We charge our clients nothing until we secure them a financial recovery.

Augusta Local

Not only is our practice based in Augusta, GA, but so are we. We live right where our clients are.

If you or a loved one have sustained a traumatic brain injury, contact M. Austin Jackson today for a free consultation.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

There are two basic types of traumatic brain injuries: closed head injuries (non-penetrating TBI) and penetrating head injuries (open TBI).

A non-penetrating TBI is caused by a forceful external impact that moves the brain within the skull but doesn’t involve a break. Many people sustain closed head Injuries after falls, motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries, or being struck by an object. A penetrating head injury or open TBI occurs when an object like shrapnel pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.

Traumatic injuries to the brain and skull may include:


A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth within the skull.


During a brain contusion or cerebral contusion, blunt impact to the head causes a bruise or area of swollen brain tissue. A contusion results from damage to blood vessels, which causes blood and other fluids to leak into the surrounding tissue.

Coup-Contrecoup Injuries

A type of traumatic brain injury involving damage to both the site of the impact (coup injury) and the opposite side of the brain (contrecoup injury), caused by the forceful movement of the brain within the skull.

Diffuse Axonal Injuries (DAI)

Diffuse axonal injuries are a more serious form of TBI in which trauma causes damage to the brain’s white matter tracts and axons. High-speed events like motor vehicle accidents or falls can cause rotational or acceleration-deceleration forces on the brain, often resulting in severe disability or death.

Brain Aneurysms

While rare, traumatic intracranial aneurysms can develop after a closed head injury (non-penetrating TBI). Impact from a TBI causes damage or disruption to the arterial wall, leading to a ballooning of the artery. Traumatic intracranial aneurysms can lead to high morbidity and mortality rates if not diagnosed and treated properly.

Skull Fractures

A fracture can indicate significant trauma to the head that’s associated with an increased risk of intracranial injuries like brain contusions, hemorrhages, cranial nerve damage, and seizures.

Signs and Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Whether you’ve suffered a blow to the head in a car accident or a serious fall, you may have a brain injury. Here are a few of the symptoms that indicate you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Severe Symptoms

  • Prolonged loss of consciousness
  • Worsening or persistent headache
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Pupil dilation or unequal pupil size
  • Weakness or numbness in extremities
  • Profound confusion or agitation

Mild Symptoms

  • Brief loss of consciousness
  • Headache or neck pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue or sleep disturbances
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

Even if your symptoms seem mild, you should still seek emergency medical care. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may not appear until hours or days after the incident. Proper evaluation and management are critical for preventing future brain damage or life-threatening complications.

As your attorney, M. Austin Jackson will advocate for you to ensure you’re compensated for your injuries. With a personalized, compassionate approach, he has recovered millions for his Georgia and South Carolina neighbors.

Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Augusta

When most people think of TBIs, they think of major car crashes and massive blows to the skull. On the surface, an incident can seem mild while still causing internal injuries like bleeding and bruising. Brain injuries caused by negligence or ignored safety procedures and regulations can be even more complicated.

TBIs are most commonly caused by:

If you’re unsure whether you have a case, reach out to our friendly attorneys. We’ll listen carefully to your story and help you understand available legal options so you can make the right choice for you and your family.

How to Prove Your Brain Injury Claim

To prove another person was at fault in a TBI claim, you must first establish the four elements of negligence:

Duty of Care

The at-fault party owed you or your family member a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid causing harm.

Breach of Duty

Prove that the at-fault party failed to uphold their duty through negligent or reckless actions.


Demonstrate that the breach of duty directly caused the accident or incident that led to the traumatic brain injury.


Provide evidence of the damages or losses you suffered due to the brain injury such as medical expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering.

Often, the element of negligence that’s most difficult to establish is causation. A skilled Augusta brain injury attorney will gather the evidence needed to prove that the negligent party truly did cause harm to you, which will allow you to recover the damages you’re entitled to.

What Compensation Can Brain Injury Victims Recover in Georgia and South Carolina?

If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in Georgia or South Carolina, you have the right to pursue compensation. Our team at M. Austin Jackson will take the time to understand the full scope of your damages, which may include:

Economic Damages

Medical expenses (past and future) for therapy, medications, assistive devices, and home modifications are common in brain injury claims. Other economic damages may include lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and any related expenses like property damage or travel costs for medical care.

Non-Economic Damages

These types of damages compensate victims for their subjective, non-monetary losses and suffering caused by the injury including:

  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium negatively impacting a relationship with a spouse or partner
  • Disfigurement or disability caused by the TBI
  • Loss of independence and reduced quality of life

Punitive Damages

In cases involving gross negligence, intentional harm, or egregious conduct by the defendant, the court may award punitive damages. These damages are meant to punish and deter future behavior.

Damages depend on the severity of the TBI, the extent of your disabilities, and the details of the incident.

M. Austin Jackson

M. Austin Jackson is an Augusta native, a champion for the Aiken-Augusta community, and a fierce advocate for victims of traumatic brain injuries. For more than a decade, Austin has represented his Georgia and South Carolina neighbors in personal injury claims, recovering millions in damages.

Austin is dedicated to fair, transparent legal practices and making every client feel heard and welcome. He’s not just the guy you hear about and never see—Austin will be in direct contact with you throughout your case.

Since 2013, M. Austin Jackson has been helping his injured neighbors throughout Georgia and South Carolina.

How an Augusta Brain Injury Attorney Can Help

Brain injury cases can be extremely complicated. An attorney provides valuable legal guidance, handles procedural requirements, and advocates for your rights throughout the process.

As your attorney, M. Austin Jackson can also support you and your family by:

  • Pursuing compensation for past and future medical expenses related to the brain injury.
  • Recovering compensation for lost income if the victim is unable to work and for future earning potential due to long-term disability.
  • Obtaining damages from non-economic losses that have turned the victim’s life upside down following their TBI, including emotional stress and loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Conducting thorough investigations to prove negligence. This might include gathering evidence like medical records and expert testimony to establish the at-fault party’s liability.
  • Negotiating settlements with insurance companies or taking cases to trial if parties can’t reach a reasonable settlement.
  • Helping with financial matters after the injury, including applying for government benefits, establishing guardianship for special needs trusts, setting your family on the right path to handle estate planning, etc.

M. Austin Jackson has navigated some of the most complex, serious brain injury cases and helped his clients persevere. Our goal is to help you and your family receive the best possible legal advocacy and the resources needed for rehabilitation and full recovery.

How to Choose the Right Brain Injury Attorney in Georgia or South Carolina

The attorney who represents you after a TBI should have extensive experience handling TBI cases. These cases often require specialized knowledge of medical evidence and access to expert witnesses, so you need a brain injury attorney with the right connections.

You’ll also want to research the attorney’s background in securing favorable settlements or verdicts in brain injury cases. Testimonials and client stories can help illustrate what it’s like to work with an attorney and what results you can expect depending on your circumstances.

Hiring an attorney can be costly, especially when you’re facing mounting medical costs. Fortunately, Austin works on a contingency basis, which means that you won’t pay any upfront costs unless he secures a settlement for your case.

Why Choose
M. Austin Jackson?

If you’re looking for a friendly, local firm that will make you feel welcome while fearlessly working to protect your rights, reach out today.

  • We have more than a decade of personal injury expertise.
  • We have a record of success and have recovered millions for our clients, including several multi-million dollar cases.
  • We have extensive experience representing our Georgia and South Carolina neighbors who have sustained traumatic brain injuries.
  • We live where we work and are deeply rooted in the Aiken-Augusta community, so we know state laws and local courts like the back of our hand.
  • We don’t get paid unless you receive a financial recovery, which means we’re on the same team from day one.

Traumatic Brain Injury FAQs

How long does recovery from a TBI take?

Recovery depends on the severity of your injury. For mild TBIs, individuals may experience symptoms for between a week and a month. Moderate TBIs can take months to years for full recovery, but the greatest progress typically occurs within the first three to six months post-injury.

Healing from a severe TBI may take significantly longer. Most recoveries after a traumatic brain injury take place within two years after the injury. However, some patients see improvement as late as 5-10 years after their injury.

What should I do immediately after sustaining a brain injury?

Seek medical attention immediately. Quick treatment is critical. Even if your injury seems minor but you feel “off,” don’t wait to get treated. Not only can delaying treatment slow or stall the recovery process, but it can also undermine your personal injury claim.

After you’ve been treated for your injury, contact a traumatic brain injury attorney. Your attorney will investigate the circumstances of your accident to help you determine what damages you may be able to claim.

How can I maximize my compensation for a brain injury?

Keep detailed medical records, including a history of payments and receipts for any treatments or therapies. Getting comprehensive medical treatment and following your doctor’s recommendations will strengthen your case. Take photographs and videos of your injuries and the accident scene to preserve evidence. If applicable, obtain copies of police reports, witness statements, and any other documentation related to the incident.

You should work with an experienced brain injury lawyer to evaluate your damages, including future medical costs, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. It may be tempting to accept the first settlement offer so you can begin repaying medical bills, but this offer is often too low to compensate you for both current and future damages.

Leave the negotiation and settlement to an experienced attorney.

What if my brain injury worsens over time?

It’s not uncommon for traumatic brain injuries to get worse. However, once you accept a settlement, you are locked into that settlement amount and you typically can’t go back and ask for more money if your condition deteriorates.

Working with an experienced brain injury attorney, you can ensure your settlement accounts for potential future complications and long-term needs, so you won’t have to worry about running out of resources if your injuries don’t heal as expected.

How do I choose the best attorney for my traumatic brain injury case?

Your traumatic brain injury attorney should have:

  • Significant experience handling TBI cases and extensive education and training in personal injury law
  • A successful track record recovering damages for TBI victims and their families
  • A contingent fee structure so you don’t pay unless your attorney reaches a successful settlement
  • A local presence that gives you the option to meet face-to-face with your attorney—it’s the best way for lawyers to understand your injuries and hardships
Contact Our Augusta Brain Injury Lawyers

Your story matters to us, and we’ll do everything we can to support you along your journey to recovery. Reach out to M. Austin Jackson for local, compassionate legal representation with a personal touch.