Peripheral nerves are a vital part of the nervous symptom. These nerves communicate messages from the brain to the rest of the body, allowing muscle movement and sending sensory information to the nervous system. In car accidents, nerves are damaged when compressed, stretched, or cut based on the blunt force of the accident. For example, in rear-end accidents, whiplash often results in nerve damage because nerves are stretched when the neck is thrown back and forward. Additionally, if your arms, legs, or other body parts are struck in the accident, nerves may compress and be damaged. Nerves are similarly damaged in serious slip and falls. Nerve damage impacts your body’s ability to talk to your muscles and organs, and therefore, can be painful and debilitating.
Nerve injuries typically affect more than one nerve fiber. As such, you may experience a wide range of symptoms. If you experience the above symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention. In order to prevent worsening of symptoms or permanent damage, nerve damage must be treated early.
Treatment for nerve damage depends on the severity of injury. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and restore function. Generally, if your nerve is not severed, it will likely heal. Your physician will likely recommend physical therapy, electrical stimulation, and a brace or splint to restore muscle function. If the nerve damage is severe, surgery may be necessary. However, some nerve damage is so severe that it tragically results in permanent disability in the affected body part.
Nerve damage clearly results in lengthy medical treatment, large medical expenses, and lost income. Regardless of the severity, nerve damage can be painful and particularly traumatic in cases of permanent disability. This is but another reason to retain an experienced nerve damage attorney, who will fight to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Slatter Law Firm are lawyers, not physicians. All content is based on our experience and not on medical education. If you are experiencing any physical injury, please consult with a doctor.