Coup-ContreCoup Brain Injuries

Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injury Accident? Minnesota Brain Injury Attorneys

A coup-contrecoup injury is a term applied to many traumatic brain injuries (TBI). It refers to how the brain can be damaged on both sides when trauma to the head occurs after an accident – the side of the initial impact (coup) and the side opposite the initial impact (contrecoup). In other words, a coup-contrecoup TBI occurs when the force of the injury is great enough to cause brain damage at the initial site of the blow to the head and then causes the brain to slam against the inside of the skull to the opposite side, producing damage at that site of the brain as well. Our accident injury attorneys have represented many people who have suffered a brain injury of this type and others.

What can cause a Coup-Contrecoup injury?

Car accidents frequently cause coup-contrecoup injuries. This is because a person’s body is restrained by a seatbelt, but the head is thrown forward and back or side to side, depending upon what part of the vehicle is impacted in the collision. Our lawyers have represented many clients who hit their head on the side door or window, the headrest, or the dashboard or steering wheel.  This initial impact (coup) caused their brain to then strike the opposite side of their skull (contrecoup).  These types of injuries can be severe and have long-term disabling effects.

Coup-contrecoup injuries can occur in other situations as well, including falls (hitting the head on the ground), construction accidents (being hit by something on the worksite), sporting activities, or from a violent attack. For example, a coup-contrecoup injury that is familiar to many is Shaken Baby syndrome.

Coup-contrecoup injuries often cause additional complications such as hematomas (brain bleeding), brain swelling, disruptions to the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (which surrounds, protects, and nourishes the brain), and problems with skull fragments compressing or entering the brain tissue.

Compensation for Coup-Contrecoup Injuries.

The brain controls every function of our body. This is why coup-contrecoup injuries and other brain injury types can have such a life-altering effect on a person.  If you or a loved one has suffered such an injury due to the negligent or careless act of another, our personal injury lawyers can help you pursue damages for:

When you retain a top accident injury lawyer at the Rochlin Law Firm, we work hard to build a successful case designed to obtain full compensation for all these losses. Our brain injury lawyers have the legal knowledge, experience, and medical insight necessary to obtain full and fair compensation for what may be a lifetime of challenges. Call us for a free consultation with an best accident injury attorney to discuss the specifics of your case.