Brain injuries are a very a serious and common occurrence in car accidents and falls. These injuries can occur from either a direct blow to the head or from severe motion of the head. The latter is called a coup and contra coup injury. The coup happens when the head experiences a sudden violent stop and the brain continues its motion and impacts the inside portion of the hard scull. The contra occurs when the brain rebounds from a “coup” and contacts the opposite side of the brain.
These injuries are diagnosed by medical imaging techniques such as CAT scans, MRI and PET scans. In the absence of objective imaging studies, a qualified neuropsychologist and neuropsychiatrist can detect brain injuries through a series of tests, examinations and interviews. However, often mild or even moderate brain injury is missed because of the absence of objective imaging.
Do not ignore brain injury symptoms following an accident such as headaches, confusion, memory loss, agitation, or changes in personality, as these may be signs of a traumatic brain injury. It is important in evaluating any head injury case, to be seen and examine by the appropriate medical specialists.
If you or a loved one has have sustained brain injuries as a result of an accident contact the Halpern Law Firm at (818) 785-5999 for a free consultation to get you the help you need.