A coup-contrecoup injury is one of the most serious types of injuries that someone can sustain in an accident. This is an umbrella term used to describe a range of serious head injuries, such as cerebral contusions and traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage. These types of head injuries specifically include those where the skull is initially impacted and causes brain damage due to forcefully being impinged from the skull’s movement. Coup-contrecoup injuries typically affect the inferior surface of the frontal lobes and temporal poles, although they can also cause traumatic lens dislocation of the eye in rare cases.
A wide range of accidents and incidents can result in brain injuries, including those that are specifically diagnosed as coup-contrecoup injuries. For example, they can result from acts of violence or abuse (such as shaken baby syndrome) or they can result from a serious car accident. One common example of how someone may sustain a coup-contrecoup injury in a car accident is if they hit their head on the steering wheel. This causes an injury at the front of the skull and near the forehead, which is the site of the initial impact and is the coup injury. If the impact is hard enough, it can cause the brain to slam into the back of the skull, which is the second site of impact. This is where the brain injury occurs and is also the contrecoup injury. If a negligent individual is the cause of you or your loved one’s accident, and a tragic coup-contrecoup injury was sustained, you may be able to pursue monetary compensation in a lawsuit.
Because coup-contrecoup injuries cause the brain to slam against the inside of the skull with tremendous force, they sometimes result in additional complications, such as:
- Swelling of the brain
- Skull fragments entering or compressing brain tissue
- Bleeding in the brain
- Disruptions to the flow of cerebrospinal fluid
Brain damage of any kind can be devastating, but because each part of the brain has different roles and functions, coup-contrecoup injuries often result in specific types of impairments. Those who suffer from coup-contrecoup injuries often experience a wide range of cognitive challenges, including the inability to concentrate, paralysis, and sensory changes, in addition to trouble with swallowing, balance, coordination, and memory. Coup-contrecoup injury victims also tend to have issues making decisions, as well as communicating.
A coup-contrecoup injury is apparent when a medical team can confirm that damage has been done to the brain on opposite sides: the side that was initially impacted (coup) and the side that was next impacted (contrecoup).
Once a coup-contrecoup injury has been diagnosed, the next step is to put a treatment plan in place to help stop any additional damage. Depending on the severity of the injury, this may include medications or surgery. Although these treatments are designed to help stop the damage from getting worse, unfortunately, there is usually nothing that can be done to reverse the damage that has already been done.
Sustaining a coup-contrecoup injury is often a devastating, life-altering injury that can permanently affect the way someone goes about their daily activities. When an individual’s negligent actions are the cause of an accident that leads to a coup-contrecoup injury, an entire life can be shattered in an instant, and it’s simply inexcusable when something like this happens because someone made a careless mistake.
Whether you’re pursuing a lawsuit for your own injury or you’re pursuing a lawsuit on a loved one’s behalf, it’s understandable if you have several questions about the settlement process. Like other plaintiffs, you may be eager to see the lawsuit come to a favorable resolution as quickly as possible. Many individuals in these situations are anxious to collect their settlement and move on with their lives for good. While your lawyer does understand your concerns for a quick settlement, remember that a quick settlement may not necessarily be the best settlement. Sometimes, working on a fair settlement amount just takes time, and some cases may take longer than usual.
As your lawyer works hard on your case, it’s important to remember that you do have other options if you need money sooner. Instead of turning to alternatives like loans and credit cards, explore the idea of pre-settlement funding and contact USClaims today. Also known as a lawsuit advance, this service gives plaintiffs with qualifying cases the opportunity to receive money without the wait, and while their cases settle.
Would you like to find out if your coup-contrecoup injury lawsuit is eligible for pre-settlement funding? Whether you’re filing a personal injury lawsuit for your own injuries or pursuing a case on behalf of a loved one, we are happy to help. Contact USClaims today for more information on pre-settlement funding and to find out if your lawsuit qualifies.