A coup contrecoup brain injury is actually two different brain injuries caused by a single blow to the head. The coup injury occurs when a traumatic blow to the head causes the brain to slam against the inside of the skull at the point of impact. The contrecoup injury happens when the blow causes the brain to rebound against the opposite side of the skull.
Therefore one blow to the head causes the brain to suffer two injuries on opposite sides. This can happen in a car accident where the front of the head impacts the steering wheel causing both the front and the back of the brain to be injured.
The injuries to either side of the brain tend to be localized in that they happen at the spot where the brain impacts the skull as opposed to an injury that happens over a widespread region of the brain. The injuries also tend to be contusions or bruises to the brain.
Because of its serious nature, a coup contrecoup brain injury can have a dramatic impact on a person’s ability to earn a living, function normally, and enjoy life. No one should suffer the life altering consequences of a coup contrecoup brain injury without compensation from the party responsible. This is why it is important to get the advice of a Dana Point injury lawyer.
How Coup Contrecoup Injuries Are Caused
Car Accidents – Coup contrecoup can be caused in car accidents when the head strikes an object inside the car. It can also occur if the head is violently decelerated or accelerated without striking any external object. In this case where no blow to the head occurred, there may be no external injury to the head indicating the presence of coup contrecoup.
Falls – Falls can result in a sharp blow to the head (and thus cause coup contrecoup) when it impacts a hard surface such as a rock or pavement.
Assault And Sports Injuries – Blows to the head or falls caused by an assault or sports incident can induce a coup contrecoup injury.
Shaken Baby Syndrome – This is another example of how coup contrecoup can happen without an external blow to the head. The repeated back and forth shaking causes the brain to slam against opposite sides of the skull.
Coup Contrecoup Symptoms
The symptoms depend on where the damage occurs on the brain. Damage to the frontal lobe can cause the loss of libido, reasoning skills, and the sense of smell. Temporal lobe damage includes diminished language comprehension and changed personality. If damage occurs to the occipital lobe, then symptoms can be seizures, hallucinations, and color vision deficiency.
Recovery from coup contrecoup brain injury depends on a number of factors including its severity. Complete recovery is possible for mild brain injury while severe injuries are often irreversible.
If someone you love has suffered from a brain injury, he or she deserves compensation from the party at fault. Contact us at Silverthorne Attorneys to learn more about your options.