Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injuries
Leading Brain Injury Lawyers in Clearwater & New Port Richey, FL
Coup-contrecoup brain injuries are a type of non-penetrative
traumatic brain injury in which the force of an external trauma causes the brain to hit both
sides of the inside of the skull, causing injury to opposite sides of
the brain. Traumas that may cause this type of injury include automobile
accidents, sports injuries, serious falls, and assaults.
Defining Coup & Contrecoup Brain Injuries
Coup brain injuries are the injuries that are present in the area of the
brain directly below the point of impact. For example, if a passenger
hit the left side of his or her head against the dashboard in a
car accident, the bruising, hemorrhage, and/or swelling on the left side of his or
her brain would be considered a coup injury.
Contrecoup injuries are the injuries that occur on the opposite side of
the brain from the area of the impact. In the previous example, the contrecoup
injury would be present on the right side of the brain. Sometimes, contrecoup
injuries are overlooked and only the injury where the trauma occured is
treated. If a contrecoup injury is not diagnosed in a timely manner, the
victim could suffer long-term risks and complications, including the risk
of further injury, memory problems, and more.
Are Coup-Contrecoup Injuries Serious?
Because coup-contrecoup injuries affect both sides of the brain, the risk
of permanent brain damage is very high for victims. Both injuries must
be promptly identified and treated in order for the patient to have the
best possible outcome.
Coup-contrecoup injuries can cause a number of dangerous problems. Traumas
to the head can cause skull fragments to enter the brain tissue. They
may also result in hematomas (areas of bleeding) and cause swelling resulting
in dangerous pressure on the brain. This type of injury can also cause
problems with the flow of cerebrospinal fluid which surrounds and protects
Any trauma to the brain should be treated as a serious matter. If you or
a loved one has suffered a blow to the head,
your first priority should be to seek immediate medical attention. The risk of permanent damage and disability is too great to wait for
a medical assessment. The sooner a coup-contrecoup brain injury is diagnosed
and treated, the better the prognosis for the patient. If a doctor failed
to correctly and timely diagnose a coup-contrecoup injury, and the victim
suffered further damage that may have been prevented, he or she may be
liable in a medical malpractice claim.
You may be owed substantial compensation.
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Coup-Contrecoup Signs & Symptoms
Traumatic brain injuries such as coup-contrecoup injuries can be identified
by a number of telltale signs and symptoms. These include, but are not
- Mood or personality changes
- Blurred or double vision
- Dizziness and nausea
- Confusion and frustration
- Anxiety or depression
- Changes in sleep patterns
As coup-contrecoup injuries most commonly affect the frontal lobe and temporal
lobe (i.e. behind the forehead and underneath the temples), the most common
consequences for victims include difficulty with language comprehension,
speaking, decision-making, concentration, memory, balance, and coordination.
Victims may also suffer muscle weakness or paralysis.
Cost of Treating a Brain Injury
The brain is the control center of the body, so any injury to the brain
has the potential to completely change the way a person functions in their
daily lives, their ability to work and earn a living, and their ability
to interact with others. Because the consequences of brain injuries are
so far-reaching, it is unsurprising that the lifelong costs of living
with and treating a brain injury are extremely high. TBIs, including coup-contrecoup
injuries, can easily result in hundreds of thousands or, in some cases,
even millions of dollars in damages among medical bills, lost income and
earning capacity, lifelong rehabilitation or home care costs, career re-training,
and more. In addition to these financial costs, victims and their families
may also suffer a severe loss of quality of life that no amount of money
can ever compensate.
Victims of brain injuries shouldn’t have to be responsible for these
expenses. It is crucial to retain highly qualified representation to ensure
that victims are properly compensated for their losses and that their
future care is secured.
Roman & Gaynor has achieved the following results for Florida brain
- $4,356,000.00 verdict for rear-end car accident victim who suffered a serious TBI
- $1,175,000.00 verdict for vehicle rollver/ejection victim who suffered
a crushed skull
Contact a Clearwater Brain Injury Lawyer at Roman & Gaynor
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as a result of someone
else’s carelessness, you may have a valid TBI claim and should seek
the guidance of an experienced brain injury attorney as soon as possible.
We encourage you to contact Roman & Gaynor today to learn more about
the legal options available to you. We may be able to help you get compensation
for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and earning capacity, and more.
Tell us about your case. Our Clearwater brain injury attorneys are available
24/7 to take your call at (727) 877-1212.