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3 Ways a Coup-Contrecoup TBI in Staten Island Can Happen in an Accident

11.16.2022 Brian O'Connor Category: Personal Injury

The What and How of a Coup-Contrecoup TBI in Staten Island: Explained by Our Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

One of the most catastrophic types of personal injuries that can be caused in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, or a construction accident is a traumatic brain injury. Also known as a TBI, a traumatic brain injury can cause short-term, long-term, permanent, and even fatal complications for a victim. Although there are many different types of TBIs, one of the most common types is a coup-contrecoup TBI in Staten Island. This type of TBI is very dangerous because it can cause injury to the brain on two opposite sides, often resulting in catastrophic and potentially deadly swelling. Victims who suffer this type of TBI should call our experienced personal injury lawyer in Staten Island for help.

Here at the O’Connor Law Firm, our experienced personal injury lawyers can help victims and their families recovery the compensation that they deserve for a coup-contrecoup TBI in Staten Island. We offer FREE consultations and, if we accept your case, we will conduct a full investigation and case review at no upfront cost to you. In fact, we also pay the upfront costs and disbursements of your case. These costs and our legal fees are only paid after we recover compensation for you, and only from a percentage of what we recover. That means there is no upfront cost and no risk to work with our experienced TBI lawyers when you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic or disabling coup-contrecoup TBI in Staten Island.

What is a Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injury?

TBI after car accident, staten island car accident lawyer, staten island brain injury lawyer, SCI, spinal cord injury, spinal cord injury lawyer Coup-Contrecoup TBI in Staten Island A coup-contrecoup TBI is a type of brain injury which is caused by a whiplash motion. The brain sits in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) which cushions the brain and may hydrate it (doctors disagree on this last function). That means that the brain can move or slid inside of the skull, which is meant to help the brain absorb an impact. However, if an impact is too violent and strong, the brain can slide too fast or powerfully inside of the skull.

As a result, the brain could suffer an impact injury in the skull. The first impact is often the side opposite of the crash which pushes the brain in the opposite direction. The second impact is often the same side of the crash, as the brain will whip backwards. It is this sliding forward and back that causes a coup-contrecoup injury. That means that the injury is on two opposite sides of the brain, which creates a serious risk of brain swelling.

3 Ways that a Coup-Contrecoup TBI Can Be Caused

Although a coup-contrecoup TBI could be caused in many different ways, there are some very common ways that it could be caused. It is important to remember, however, that a coup-contrecoup TBI can be caused even if the head is not impacted or struck in an accident. That means that the head may only suffer a whiplash motion and no impact, but still suffer a disabling, catastrophic, and potentially deadly coup-contrecoup TBI.

The most common 3 ways that a coup-contrecoup TBI can be caused in a motor vehicle accident include the following:

Motor Vehicle Accidents 

One of the most common ways of a TBI is a motor vehicle accident. This is obvious given the strong impact and forces in a crash. Examples of some types of motor vehicle accidents which can cause a coup-contrecoup TBI include the following:

  • Car crashes
  • Trucking wrecks
  • Bicycle collisions
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • SUV rollovers
  • Delivery van accidents
  • Box truck crashes
  • Pedestrian hit by a car
  • Emergency vehicle crashes, and
  • Other types of serious of high-impact crashes in NYC, including Staten Island.

Slip and Falls or Trip and Falls

Although most people think that motor vehicle accidents are the most common way to get a TBI, and they may be the most common way to get a coup-contrecoup brain injury, falls are actually the leading cause of all brain injuries in the United States. Thus, slip and falls or trip and falls are the most common way that a victim could suffer a TBI and are one of the most common ways that a victim could suffer a coup-contrecoup TBI in Staten Island.

Construction Accidents

Another common way that coup-contrecoup TBIs in Staten Island are caused is by construction accidents. These include all types of construction accidents involving the “fatal four” – the most common accidents such as falls, struck-by an object, caught in/between, and electrocutions – as well as other accidents involving tools, trucks, or other building materials. Some of the most common causes of TBIs in construction accidents include the following:

  • Falls
  • Struck by an object
  • Crane accidents
  • Power tool accidents
  • Hit by a falling object
  • Construction truck accidents
  • Explosions
  • Electrocutions
  • Crushing accidents or caught in/betweens, and
  • Other types of construction accidents in Staten Island.

Did You Suffer a Coup-Contrecoup TBI in Staten Island? We Can Help  

If you suffered any type of TBI, especially a coup-contrecoup TBI in New York, especially right here in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Long Island, and in surrounding areas, we can help.  Call to schedule a FREE consultation with our experienced personal injury lawyers at the O’Connor Law Firm by dialing (718) 948-3500 or using our “Contact Us” box available here.