Coup-ContreCoup Brain Injuries

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. Unfortunately, producing damage at that site of the brain as well. Our accident injury attorneys represent people who suffer this type of brain injury.

Accident Lawyers Brain Injury MN
Accident Lawyers Brain Injury MN

What can cause a Coup-Contrecoup injury?

Car accidents frequently cause coup-contrecoup injuries. This is because a person’s body is restrained in the vehicle by a seatbelt, but the head is thrown forward and back or side to side. 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) then causes their brain to then strike the opposite side of their skull (contrecoup).  Unfortunately, these types of injuries can be severe and have long-term disabling effects.

Coup-contrecoup injuries can occur in other situations as well. For example, falls (hitting the head on the ground), construction accidents, or sporting activities. Another 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, and disruptions to the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (which surrounds, protects, and nourishes the brain). Additionally, there can be 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. We pursue compensation for:


When you retain a top accident injury lawyer at the Rochlin Law Firm, we will work hard to obtain full compensation for all these losses. Our brain injury attorneys 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 a best accident injury attorney to discuss the specifics of your case.