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Coup and Contrecoup Injuries

With a head injury, a coup injury to the brain occurs under the site of impact with an object, and a contrecoup injury occurs when the side opposite the coup injury was impacted. Coup and contrecoup injury is associated with a brain contusion and is a type of traumatic brain injury in which the brain is bruised in an impact, most frequently a car or trucking accident. When a moving object such as the materials of a car impacts the stationary skull, coup injuries are typical, while contrecoup injuries are produced when the moving head strikes a stationary object. In a coup injury, the head stops abruptly and the brain collides with the inside of the skull.

The coup injury may be caused when, during an automobile collision, the skull is temporarily bent inward, and impacts the brain. When the skull bends inward, it may set the brain into motion, causing it to collide with the skull opposite side and resulting in a contrecoup injury. The injuries can also be caused by acceleration or deceleration alone, in the absence of an impact. In injuries associated with acceleration or deceleration but with no impact, the brain is thought to bounce off the inside of the skull and hit the opposite side

The Brain Injury Lawyers at McAleer Law provide detailed information about coup and contrecoup brain injury accidents. Call McAleer Law at 404.MCALEER.

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