Understanding Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injuries and How to Recognize the Signs

Car accidents account for 20% of TBIs and are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury hospitalization after falls.

Traumatic brain injuries are among the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. The number of TBI-related emergencies, hospitalization, and death increased by over 50% from 2006 to 2014. Car accidents account for 20% of TBIs and are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury hospitalization after falls.

While most blows to the head leave a visible mark that tells the victim that something is wrong, one type of injury may go unnoticed after a car crash. The consequences, however, can be devastating.

We are talking about coup-contrecoup brain injuries. Here’s what they are, how to recognize them, and how a St. Louis auto accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you are legally entitled to.

Understanding Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injuries

Imagine a person during a car collision. Their bodies are held in place by the seat belt, but the head moves forward forcefully until it’s stopped by the neck. This rapid movement can injure the front part of the brain as it hits the front inside surface of the skull. Then, the gravitational forces pull the head back until it hits the headrest or it’s stopped by the neck. Again, the brain hits the back of the skull which hurts the back portion.

However, because the head didn’t hit a hard object and there is no visible damage, the victim may be unaware that he is hurt. It may take a few hours or even days for the bruising and swelling within the brain to show any concerning signs.

If the head hits the steering wheel during impact, then the doctor may diagnose this injury, but overlook the damage on the opposite side.

Recognizing the Signs of Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injuries

The symptoms of coup-contrecoup injuries largely depend on the side of the brain that has been affected the most. However, the most common songs include:

  • Headaches on the opposite sides of the brain
  • Confusion
  • Mood swings
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Insomnia

If you notice any of these signs or if you feel like something is not right, go to the emergency room right away. Coup-contrecoup brain injuries can take a turn for the worse fast, and you need specialized help.

Speak With a Car Accident Attorney

If you or a family member have suffered a traumatic brain injury after a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. These types of injuries take time to heal and require extensive medical care. They can also leave you incapacitated and unable to provide for yourself or your family. A St. Louis car accident attorney will take all these factors into account and work to protect your rights and get the compensation you are entitled to. They can also help you estimate the cost of all medical expenses, present, and future. That way, you can focus on your recovery instead of worrying about the legal battle.

For a FREE case evaluation, call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. 24/7 at (314) 361-4242.

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