Contrecoup injuries classically occur when the moving head (brain) strikes a stationary object; whereas, a coup injury is associated with a moving object impacting a stationary head. A coup injury occurs on the brain, right under the point of impact. In a contrecoup injury, the injury to the brain occurs on the opposite side of the impact. Both of these traumatic brain injuries cause bruising on the brain, which can lead to debilitating side effects.
A brain injury can happen in several types of accidents, including a car accident, truck accident, medical malpractice, and more. When an accident is caused due to the negligence of another person, you have every right to seek compensation for their recklessness. Traumatic brain injuries such as coup and contrecoup can require medical treatment for life, which can bring financial hardship on an innocent victim.
How Do Coup and Contrecoup Injuries Occur?
These injuries are considered non penetrating injuries. Bullets, knives, and even concrete are all penetrating injuries as they break through the skull and injure the brain directly. Coup and contrecoup injuries are different, and most commonly occur due slip and falls, blunt force trauma, injuries from contact sports, or the force associated with a motor vehicle accident.
No matter how the coup or contrecoup injury occurred, the injury is caused by bruising to the brain, and happened due to the force of an external object. Although there are many different ways that these injuries can occur, they are often irreversible and cause permanent damage to the brain and certain motor and cognitive functions.
What Are The Treatments for Coup and Contrecoup Injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries often require extensive rehabilitation and treatment. These injuries are typically unable to be cured, and need to be treated immediately in order to prevent further degeneration of brain cells and brain tissue. If you find yourself in a situation where you believe you’ve suffered a coup or contrecoup injury, it’s crucial that you seek medical attention immediately. The sooner you get medical care, the sooner you can be treated for the bruising on your brain.
In more mild traumatic brain injury cases, doctors may encourage rest, prescription medication, and supervision. In more severe traumatic brain injury cases, the patient may need to undergo surgery to treat the direct bruising on the brain and to decrease the subsequent bleeding and swelling.
Both coup and contrecoup injuries have the potential to be life-threatening and severe. Treatments will vary on a case by case basis, but cases that are more extreme will require more extensive treatment, which could put financial hardship on the injured.
How Much Does It Cost To Treat A Traumatic Brain Injury?
In especially debilitating cases, a traumatic brain injury can cost a victim millions of dollars worth of treatment over a lifetime. As previously mentioned, some cases require surgery, or even years of physical and occupational therapy to recover from the damage. You may require prescription medication, frequent visits to see doctors and specialists, and will need to take time off of work to focus on your health.
Some traumatic brain injuries leave injured victims permanently disabled, as they are unable to work as they once could. When you lose your job due to an accident that leaves you brain damaged, you miss out on a lifetime of income. With the help of an attorney, you can seek compensation for these future lost wages.
Personal injury claims seek to compensate accident victims for what they’ve suffered, reimbursing them for the expenses they’ve accrued as a result of their coup or contrecoup injuries. The amount of compensation you can get for your traumatic brain injury case may depend on what areas of your life your brain injury has affected.
Schedule A Free Consultation With The Law Office of Glenn C. McGovern To File A Traumatic Brain Injury Claim In Louisiana
If you or someone you loved are a victim of an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for the damages that person caused. This extends to traumatic brain injuries like coup and contrecoup. No one should have to pay the price for someone else’s carelessness and, if your life has been irreversibly affected due to their actions, it’s your right to hold them accountable.
At The Law Office of Glenn C. McGovern, we offer a free, in-depth analysis for any coup or contrecoup victim who needs help paying their medical bills after an accident. Schedule your consultation with one of our trusted, compassionate Louisiana personal injury lawyers today.