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05 May 2017



Personal Injury Attorneys Explain Nerve Damage Due to Catastrophic Injuries

Nerves are very important in the daily functioning of the body. They send signals instructing muscles to move and send signals from muscles back to the brain for processing. Nerves also sense temperature, regulate breathing and heart rate, and are involved in sight. Damage to nerves can have catastrophic results and alter your life in more ways than imaginable. If you or a loved one had been injured and suffered nerve damage, contact your local injury attorneys to discuss your legal options.

Nerve damage can have consequences that change an individual’s life permanently. The damage can be done in just a moment and may never be recovered.

There are three main types of nerves:

  • Motor nerves: these nerves control movement by sending signals from the brain to the muscles.
  • Sensory nerves: these nerves help us with our senses. There are many nerves in your skin that can feel pressure, temperature, pain, etc.
  • Autonomic nerves: these nerves have to do with the automatic things your body does to keep you alive. This includes regulating your heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, body temperature, digestion, etc.

There are many ways these nerves can become damaged:

  • Trauma – Damage can be done to nerves through intense physical injury. Nerves can be impacted, pinched, or compressed during a slip and fall incident or a car collision.
  • Medical errors – Surgery that comes close to a nerve has the possibility of cutting or damaging this nerve. Nerves are integrated throughout the body and sometimes prove as obstacles during invasive surgery. Many powerful medications can cause nerve damage. A prescription incorrectly managed can hurt a person’s nerves. These medications include treatment for HIV and cancer, as well as others.
  • Cancer – Large tumors can press up against or even crush nerves. This can result in nerve pain or damage.
  • Defective products – Products that don’t work as they are intended or advertised can result in nerve damage.
  • Dog bites – Severe injuries due to dog bites can result in nerve injuries.

Any type of injury can cause nerve damage and is often the result of someone else’s negligence. If you are a victim of nerve damage, you must speak with accident lawyers who can fight for your justice and the compensation you deserve for any pain and suffering.

Nerve Damage Symptoms

As there are several types of nerves, there are several ways in which nerve damage can manifest. Nerves are integrated throughout the body, and thus symptoms can vary widely. The type of nerve and the location of the damage can have significant effects on the symptoms and severity.

  • Damage to motor nerves – twitching, muscle deterioration, or paralysis
  • Sensory nerves – numbness, sensitivity, burning, tingling, or problems understanding where you are in space
  • Autonomic nerves – lightheadedness, sexual dysfunction, bladder dysfunction, constipation, or inability to feel chest pain
  • Multiple nerves – it is possible for an individual to have injuries to several types of injuries. These unfortunate situations can result in symptoms from all types of nerve damage.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these types of symptoms after an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Personal injury lawyers have the skills and resources to provide the legal assistance you need.

Treatment for Nerve Damage

Nerve damage is often not repairable. There is a lot of ongoing research trying to resolve this problem, but as of right now, a lot of nerve injuries simply can’t be resolved. There are several treatments doctors can use to try to limit the symptoms. Nerve damage is often progressive and gets worse over time. It’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as you suspect nerve damage so they may stop it early. Early diagnosis and treatment can have a significant effect on the final damage and may prevent paralysis. Medical practitioners may use any of the following treatments for nerve damage:

  • Underlying cause – nerve damage may be caused by a medical problem, such as a tumor or improper medication. Treating the underlying cause of nerve injuries can make a big difference on symptoms. Solving the underlying problem early can make a big difference on final damage.
  • Surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain management

The Cost of Treatment

  • Medical treatment – Treatment for nerve damage can be very expensive. As nerve damage often doesn’t recover fully, individuals can be in treatment or therapy for many years. Physical therapy and pain management may also last a long time and be quite costly.
  • Loss of wages – Some individuals are not able to return to work due to the severity of their injury or the subsequent pain. This means they lose wages while they are recovering and lose future wages as they aren’t able to return to work. They may have to change careers, and make less money.
  • Pain and suffering – Nerve damage can be very painful, to the point of distraction and inability to go about one’s daily life. Due to pain and possibly a change in lifestyle, the quality of life for a person who has experienced nerve damage may decrease.

Because the cost of treatment can be so high and go beyond financials, it’s important you contact injury lawyers and fight for the compensation you deserve. Sometimes people have nerve damage due to someone else’s negligence. Whether the damage was done in a car collision, slip or trip and fall accident, or in some other way, if someone caused this damage, there is legal action that can be taken.

If you or a loved one has had nerve damage in one such accident, it is important to seek legal representation through accident attorneys as soon as possible, even if you’re unsure there is a case for negligence. Damages may be sought from the negligent party to cover medical costs and to compensation for pain and suffering and a loss of quality of life. An experienced law office can help you through a complicated process and will fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.

Speak With An Attorney About Your Nerve Damage or Other Catastrophic Injury

Our accident lawyers have over 20 years of experience handling personal injury claims of all sorts. Whether you were in a car accident, a slip and fall accident, a dog bite or any other type of accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Give us a call now for a free consultation.


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