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Brain-Injury-Attorney-CaliforniaWhat are coup and contrecoup brain injuries? Head injuries can be some of the most devastating types of injuries that people might suffer in California. Traumatic events that injure the head may cause coup and contrecoup brain injuries. These types of injuries may cause lifelong disability or lead to death. If you or your loved one has suffered a coup or contrecoup brain injury because of the negligent or wrongful acts of other people or entities, you might want to seek help from an experienced brain injury lawyer in Los Angeles.

Overview of a Coup and Contrecoup Brain Injury

Blows to the head may cause brain contusions, which are bruises to the brain. A coup brain injury happens on the side of the head that was hit while a contrecoup injury occurs to the brain on the opposite side of the impact. These injuries often happen together when a forceful blow causes the brain to collide into the skull, causing a traumatic brain injury. Contrecoup injuries may happen in motor vehicle accidents sometimes result in diffuse axonal traumatic brain injury, leading to permanent disabilities.

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Brain-Injury-Attorney-CaliforniaPeople who are injured in accidents and who are already are injured may be able to recover damages for the aggravation of their preexisting conditions or injuries. In M.C. v. Victor Matthews, Los Angeles Superior Court case number BC557692, the jury returned a substantial verdict to a child with a learning disability who suffered a traumatic brain injury in an automobile accident, illustrating how California courts treat cases in which a preexisting condition is worsened by injuries in accidents.

Factual background of the case

The plaintiff was a 10-year-old girl who was riding as a passenger in a vehicle that was struck by the defendant. The girl was sitting in the backseat behind the driver when the car in which she was riding was rear-ended. She suffered fractures and claimed that she also received a traumatic brain injury.

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Brain Injury, Attorney, California
Brain injuries have been found to be a leading cause of many deaths in the United States. However, the state of California is recorded to have the most cases of brain injury death cases. According to the Center of Disease Control, there were 35,000 people who acquired brain injuries over a six year period specially 2004 to 2010. These numbers are evident that brain injuries can cause extensive damage to a person’s well-being.

Causes of Brain Injury

There are several ways a traumatic brain injury can occur. Some of the most common ways include:

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