Nerve damage may occur in car accidents, slip and fall incidents, on-the-job injuries, and other types of personal injury cases. Being struck by an object, sudden starting or stopping, cuts, burns, and other events may cause nerve damage and pain. The permanent injuries that many people suffer in car accidents, falls, broken bone cases, burns, and other personal injury incidents often are as a result of nerve damage, and it is frequently the nerve damage that causes them the most pain and suffering in the future. It is important that your personal injury attorney understands the potential severity of nerve damage and injuries. Your nerve damage lawyer at The Sessions Law Firm understands how to prepare your personal injury case to maximize your recovery and account for the future pain and suffering that you may have to endure as a result of nerve damage.
As with almost any type of personal injury, damages to nerves can range in severity. In some cases, nerve damage may be temporary and slight. In other injury cases, nerve damage may be completely debilitating and permanent. In some personal injury cases, nerve damage may be quickly addressed through non-invasive means such as physical therapy. In other cases, nerve damage may require extensive surgical procedures in order to obtain some relief from the symptoms of nerve damage.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain after an injury, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you:
- get an assessment by a qualified doctor or physician that can help determine the source of your nerve pain. It is not always easy to determine why accident victims are experiencing pain. For example, if you have experienced sciatic pain in your leg, the source of that pain may be a bulging or herniated disc impinging on your spinal cord in your lower back. A nerve conduction study may be helpful to identify the source and extent of your never damage injury.
- get treatment from qualified healthcare professionals and experts in their practice area to develop a plan of treatment to improve your condition. It is important that your personal injury lawyer is an advocate for your treatment, particularly when an insurance company is evaluating what is reasonable medical treatment.
- help you understand how your medical treatment will be paid and what options that you have if you do not have health insurance. As the victim in a personal injury, car accident, trip and fall, on-the-job, or other type of accident, you should have to worry about how your medical bills will be paid. A qualified injury attorney can help relieve this stress.
Types of Nerves
People frequently describe or characterize nerves based upon where the nerve is located. However, nerves are usually described based on the function they perform in the body, and those functions are motor, sensory, autonomic or cranial. Nerves serve a critical purpose in the function of our bodies. The nervous system is how the body sends instructions/signals from one part of the body to another. Signals that begin in the central nervous system (usually the brain but sometimes the spinal cord) move toward the periphery to locations such as the limbs or internal organs, and direct the target to do something. In response to nerve impulses, a bicep muscle may contract, the hairs on your legs may stand on end or activity in your intestines may increase. This illustrates why when a person has suffered nerve damage they may have partial paralysis, muscle weakness, prickling, burning, atrophy, and other impairment of their physical motor abilities depending upon the parts of the body in which the damaged nerves are located and the severity of the injury.
Types of Nerve Damage Injuries
The most severe type of nerve injury is an avulsion – where the nerve roots are torn away from the spinal cord. Less severe injuries involve a stretching of the nerve fibers or a rupture – where the nerve is torn into two pieces. Server nerve damage conditions, such as a traumatic brain injury, are often overlooked or misdiagnosed. In the handling of a car accident claim, many car accident lawyers fail to observe the indications that their clients are suffering from severe nerve injuries that may cause permanent and debilitating pain. The problem and difficulty of nerve injuries is that, unlike lacerations of broken bones, they are not visible and many lawyers and law firms simply do not take the time to listen to their clients when they describe what they are experiencing.
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