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Defining Traumatic Brain Injury In South Carolina

Burriss & Ridgeway | May 4, 2014

brainThe brain is involved in everything we think, everything we do, and everything we feel. It acts as an information highway, delivering messages from the brain to different parts of your body. When someone experiences a brain injury, however, the brain functions are disrupted. What someone used to be able to perform with ease may now be more difficult or even impossible to carry out.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is sudden physical damage to the brain. In TBIs, some force causes the brain to collide with the skull. A coup or contracoup injury is a common injury among motor vehicle accident patients, and they are both considered TBIs. A coup injury occurs when there is a sudden, violent stop that causes the brain to hit the side of the skull. Countracoup injuries also occurs when there’s an unexpected stop that causes the brain to hit off one side of the skull, and then bounce off the other side of the skull. Brain damage occurs in both cases because the brain rubs against the inner ridges of the skull.

When two or more large, heavy metal objects strike each other, the risk of brain injury is always a concern. The interior of a car has many hard surfaces that can be deadly if your head hits any of them. Coup or contracoup injuries can result from an individual’s head striking the interior door frame or seatbelt anchor, dashboard, or any other hard object within the interior of the car. Contracoup injuries may also result in brain contusions, where the trauma causes bleeding into the brain. A contusion is a bruise to the brain tissue.

If you, a family member or friend has been injured and suspects that a traumatic brain injury may be involved and would like to talk about the available options, Hank Burriss and Wayne Ridgeway look forward to discussing the case. With offices in Columbia, Orangeburg and Lexington, Burriss and Ridgeway services clients across the State of South Carolina. Visit or call (803) 451‑4000 to learn more or schedule a free consultation.