You were driving on I-635 on your way to work when the unthinkable happened—you were involved in a serious MO car accident. A car lost control and caused a head-on collision. Although your air bags deployed, you still experienced a forceful blow to the front of your head. The doctors believe you have coup-contrecoup, a traumatic brain injury that can cause severe problems for the rest of your life. Here’s what you need to know about the condition.
Coup-contrecoup often occurs when the head hits an object with extreme force. Those with the injury experience contusions that are both at the site of impact and on the complete opposite side of the brain. The initial contusion is often caused by the head hitting the object, and the second is caused from the brain hitting the other side of the head so hard it causes damage.
Those with coup-contrecoup often experience symptoms that are related to the way they think, speak, move, and behave. For instance, trouble talking, character changes, difficulty performing tasks, the inability to remember things, and paralysis are a few of the symptoms those with this injury may suffer from.
Unfortunately, the damage caused by coup-contrecoup is typically irreversible. However, doctors may perform surgery to reduce the swelling or bleeding in the brain.
If you or a family member experienced coup-contrecoup because of a MO car accident, you may be able to receive compensation that could help pay for the medical bills that you will likely face for the rest of your life.
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