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Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injuries

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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 the brain.

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 limited to:

  • Mood or personality changes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Headaches
  • 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 injury victims:

  • $4,356,000.00 verdict for rear-end car accident victim who suffered a serious TBI
  • $1,175,000.00 verdict for vehicle rollover/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.

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We Have Recovered Over $85 Million for Our Clients

  • $4,356,000 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    Client was rear-ended with great force by an employee of Mercedes Benz of Melbourne on a rural highway in South Florida. The collision was so powerful that three cars were totally destroyed and the client was rendered unconscious. The Client sustained multiple fractures to her arm and ribs, damage to her shoulder and she sustained brain damage. The jury deliberated almost four hours at the conclusion of a six day trial in Brevard County, Florida.
  • $2,700,000 Verdict for Truck Accident Victim
    After a six day trial, a Pasco County Jury awarded our clients $2,161,000.00 for wife and $631,900.00 for husband. The wife sustained a head injury and had a spine surgery. The husband injured his hands, shoulder and knee.
  • $1,450,000 Settlement for Injured Pedestrian
    Roman & Gaynor sued our client's car insurance company when they refused to take her fractured pelvis seriously. After being pinned between 2 cars in a parking lot, she could not walk normally or return to work. This jury verdict is more than 10 times the amount of the policy she sought, and her insurance company refused to pay, after her injury. State Farm later settled her bad faith claim and Roman & Gaynor collected the excess judgment.
  • $1,175,000.00 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    $1,175,000.00: A New Port Richey man was injured in a motor vehicle collision when his work van was hit and flipped over, causing him to be ejected from his vehicle, crushing his skull. Roman & Gaynor's investigation revealed that the work van was not equipped with operable seatbelts. A lawsuit against his employer, who was responsible for the maintenance of the work van, resulted in a $1,175,000.00 settlement.
  • $850,000.00 Settlement for Husband & Wife
    A Pasco County couple were seriously injured in a rear end collision in Pasco County. After spinal surgeries, Roman & Gaynor successfully negotiated a global settlement in the amount of $850,000 which assisted this couple in rebuilding their lives.
  • $836,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    Our clients, a 56 and 58 year old couple from Pasco County, were stopped for a red light in Tampa when they were rear ended by a distracted driver. Both husband and wife suffered herniated discs as a result of this accident which resulted in 4 spinal surgeries. The at fault party’s insurance carrier asserted a low impact defense, and asserted that our client suffered from these injuries prior to the accident. After protracted litigation, and just 2 months prior to trial, Roman & Gaynor secured a $836,000 settlement in favor of this couple.
  • $820,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    After a year of litigating a case the Defendant never took seriously, Roman & Gaynor negotiated this settlement just to days before trial for a young lady with a spine injury. In this case, a relatively low impact collision led to more than one spinal surgery, including fusion.
  • $600,000.00 Jury Verdict for Accident Victim
    A St. Petersburg woman received a verdict of more than $600,000 for multiple injuries sustained in a car accident including a broken pelvis. We received the verdict at the end of a three-day trial. The Defendant was the driver of a truck who ran a red light.
  • $520,000.00 Settlement in Auto Accident
    A husband and wife were traveling 55 mph in the middle lane when they were suddenly side-swiped. Their vehicle sustained tremendous property damage to the driver’s side and the mirror had even ripped off the door. The at-fault driver fled the scene, but was later charged and arrested for a DUI. The insurance adjuster initially offered to settle the claim for a very minimal amount. The wife underwent neck surgery and the husband had back surgery. After operative reports were submitted to the adjuster, the policy limits of the at-fault party were tendered along with two underinsured motorist policies in this case for a total resolution of $520,000.
  • $425,000.00 Settlement After Semi Tractor Trailor Runs Client Off Road
    Roman and Gaynor's client was driving on US-19 in Louisiana behind a Semi-truck with a trailer attached. After clipping the side of the clients car, the trailer came completely unhinged, causing a devastating collision, resulting in closed head injury. After protracted litigation, settlement was reached in the amount of $425,000.

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