The skull does not have to be penetrated for there to be permanent brain damage from a head injury.  Closed head injuries can have lifelong effects and can lead to permanent disability.

Coup and contrecoup brain injuries often occur in car accidents, truck accidents and any other event where the head is hit by a foreign object.  These head injuries are considered to be a form of contusion, which is characterized by damaged or destroyed blood vessels that results in bruising of the brain.

According to, “a coup injury occurs under the site of impact with an object, and a contrecoup injury occurs on the side opposite the area that was impacted.”  Both of these head injuries are similar in that they cause the brain to collide with the inside of the skull.  It is possible for someone to suffer from a coup brain injury and a contrecoup brain injury at the same time.

Coup and contrecoup brain injuries can be life threatening and may lead to permanent brain damage. Some of the repercussions include the following:
  • Speech problems
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Poor coordination
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Paralysis

If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury, you may be able to pursue compensation from the negligent person who caused the accident.  To find out your options and legal rights following a major Southern California accident, contact a Los Angeles brain injury lawyer at Steinberg at (800) 989-6385.  We have successfully represented more than 12,000 injury cases in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County and San Diego County.

Read more about traumatic brain injury symptoms, by visiting the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website.
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