There are hundreds of different types of brain injuries that individuals may suffer after a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, or other type of personal injury incident. Coup-contrecoup brain injuries are commonly seen in these legal claims. Coup-contrecoup brain injuries may result in serious, permanent disabilities.
The Definition of Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injuries
The terms “coup” and “contrecoup” actually refer to two different types of traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are those that are caused by blows or some other type of physical force.
With a coup brain injury, the brain is damaged at the point of impact. With a contrecoup injury, brain damage is noted on the opposite side of the brain instead of at the point of impact. Therefore, a coup-contrecoup brain injury indicates trauma at both the site of impact and the side of the brain opposite from the site of impact.
What Causes Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injuries?
Coup-contrecoup brain injuries occur when one suffers a blow to the skull. The brain is damaged at the initial point of impact, and then as the skull is jolted due to the force of impact, the brain hits the skull in the opposite direction.
Coup-contrecoup brain injuries may cause serious brain damage. Bleeding, bruising and swelling are commonly seen in coup-contrecoup brain injuries. The flow of cerebrospinal fluid may also be interrupted due to a coup-contrecoup brain injury.
Coup-contrecoup brain injuries are frequently seen after motor vehicle accidents due to the tremendous amount of force involved in these crashes. They may also be caused by truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, bicycle accidents, or pedestrian accidents.
Brain Damage Caused by Coup-Contrecoup Injuries
Coup-contrecoup brain injuries often occur at the frontal lobe and at the temporal lobes. Damage to these areas of the brain may result in an inability to make decisions, as well as language and speech difficulties. In addition, the injured victim may suffer from memory loss, have trouble concentrating, experience a lack of coordination and balance, or even suffer from paralysis.
Those who suffer coup-contrecoup brain injuries are at an especially high risk of suffering permanent brain damage; generally, the site of impact is the primary focus of treatment after a head injury. Therefore, damage to the opposite side of the brain may not be detected right away.
My Motor Vehicle Accident Caused My Brain Injury, What Do I Do?
If you were injured in an accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury, you need to speak with an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure your legal rights are protected. You should take all of the medical records that you have to your initial consultation so that your attorney may discuss your legal options with you.
Until you have met with your attorney, you should not discuss the case with any insurance adjusters that are calling you. Insurance adjusters will attempt to settle the case for as little money as possible, regardless of whether it fairly compensates you for your injuries.
Once you sign an agreement to settle your claim with the insurance company, it is almost always impossible to obtain additional compensation for your injuries.
When you hire a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney, your attorney takes over all discussions with the insurance company. Your attorney knows what type of evidence to present to the insurance company to maximize the value of your claim. Additionally, if necessary, your attorney will represent you in court against the insurance company in a trial.
Call Solnick & Associates, LLC Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
The attorneys at Solnick & Associates, LLC are experienced in all types of personal injury claims, including those that involvetraumatic brain injuries. We are proud to serve Jenkintown, Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas. To schedule a free consultation with our firm, call 215-481-9979.