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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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On March 15, a man described by police as being in his 50s suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a car. The accident occurred at about 6:15 a.m. at the Sacramento Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard intersection in West Sacramento.

The driver fled from the scene of the accident, but a witness was able to give the authorities a description of the vehicle. Authorities found the vehicle, which had sustained major damage to its windshield, at a nearby intersection. The driver, a 25-year-old woman, was subsequently found and taken into custody.

The injured pedestrian was taken to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. The driver was booked and charged with hit and run that resulted in serious injuries, driving under the influence and possession of methamphetamine. At the time of the initial report, the pedestrian’s identity had not been released and authorities were still attempting to determine what actually caused the crash.

Pedestrian accidents can lead to serious injuries. Depending on the circumstances, such as how fast the driver was driving and the type of vehicle involved, the pedestrian could be seriously harmed. Medical expenses can be high, and many injured victims will be unable to return to work for prolonged periods, further worsening their financial situation.

People who have been injured in this manner may want the assistance of an attorney in order to determine whether the vehicle driver should bear financial responsibility. An attorney representing a victim could review the police report and obtain the testimony of eyewitnesses to determine whether the driver of the car was distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent at the time of the incident.

Source: CBS Local, “Police Arrest Suspect in West Sacramento Hit-And-Run Crash”, Sean Bennett, March 15, 2016

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Halloween is enjoyed by many Sacramento residents, both young and old. This is especially true when the spooky holiday falls on a Saturday, like it does this year. But before you put on your costume and head out the door to celebrate, the California Highway Patrol has some safety tips to remind you of:

Use added caution when driving. There will be many trick-or-treaters out-and-about, especially between the hours of 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Follow the posted speed limits, and consider going even slower to watch for kids darting out into the roadway.

Put away all distractions. Whether you are driving or walking, it’s important to put away all electronic devices and focus on getting to where you are going safely. You will have time for a “selfie” in your Halloween costume once you arrive at your destination.

Use caution when trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, there will be many drunk drivers on the roadways Halloween night, so it’s more important than ever to be a cautious pedestrian. That means making eye-contact with drivers before crossing the street and only crossing at designated crosswalks and intersections.

Children should wear costumes that are safe. Instead of a mask that makes it difficult to see, encourage your child to opt for face paint instead. Costumes should also not be dragging on the ground or pose tripping hazards. Reflective tape and flashlights can make trick-or-treaters more visible to motorists.

Adults should chaperone children under 12. Although it may seem safe to send younger kids out in their own neighborhoods, safety officials say children 11 and younger should be accompanied by a responsible adult. In other words, not your 18-year-old nephew who may get into mischief himself.

With all of that said, have a fun and safe Halloween. Remember, if an accident should occur, the first call you make should be to 911. The second call you make should be to an experienced personal injury lawyer who can protect your legal rights and interests.

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It may seem hard to believe, but summer has nearly come to an end. For students across California, that means an end to summer vacation and the start of a new school year. For drivers in the Sacramento area and beyond, back-to-school time means stricter enforcement of traffic laws and an increased risk of pedestrian accidents.

The American Automobile Association, better known as AAA, is already issuing press releases warning drivers that school zones and residential neighborhoods are going to be buzzing with pedestrians very soon. And with an increase in pedestrian activity comes an increased risk of a serious accident.

According to AAA, in 2013 alone, pedestrian accidents involving children resulted in 330 deaths and 13,000 injuries. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety notes that in the past 10 years, approximately one-third of child pedestrian deaths occurred between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. (the after-school hours).

If you live near a school, you may have gotten used to summer speed limits. But when school is back in session, police will be enforcing school-zone speed limits, which are generally at least 10 mph slower than in other areas. Those slower speeds make a difference. Even if a pedestrian accident does occur, the victim is about 66 percent less likely to be killed if struck at 25 mph than if struck at 35 mph.

Even if you are an experienced and conscientious driver, safety cannot be taken for granted when it comes to children. Their movements are often unpredictable and unintentionally dangerous. Therefore, it’s up to the rest of us to ensure that we are extra vigilant when driving near schools.

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Superhero movies are all the rage these days. We suspect that one reason that so many people enjoy rooting for Iron Man and the Hulk on the big screen is that they seem to be nearly invulnerable, at least to ordinary injuries. For instance, it is unlikely the Hulk would worry too much about whether a motorist will go through a red light while he is crossing the street.

Of course, superheroes are just fantasy. Real-life human beings are all too vulnerable to the actions of drivers, especially negligent or reckless ones. Motorists are piloting a large, heavy steel vehicle that can reach high speeds. When they are not sufficiently careful and hit a pedestrian, the victim often gets badly hurt.

Common injuries among victims of pedestrian accidents include spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and broken bones. Any one of these can last the rest of the victim’s life, if he or she survives. Even if he or she is not permanently disabled, it may take months or years of rehabilitation and physical therapy to recover, to say nothing of any emotional trauma that the accident caused.

This is where personal injury litigation comes in. A lawsuit against the driver can help the victim be made financially whole again, so that he or she is not on the hook for hospital and rehab bills.

Though every case is different, the best thing you can do to maximize your chances of full recovery is to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.

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