When you are involved in a serious accident, you may find the doctor giving you a laundry list of injuries that you have incurred. From concussions to internal injuries, the one problem you may not pay as much attention to is nerve damage. When you hear about nerve damage, you may associate it with having a pulled muscle or sprained ankle. You assume that eventually the nerves will heal themselves with enough time and rest while you just have to deal with the pain.
However, nerve damage can be a chronic pain that lasts a lifetime. Over 20 million Americans suffer from some form of nerve damage. While causes of this damage may come from certain diseases, nutritional deficiencies or side effects from drugs, you may experience nerve damage after experiencing an accident.
Types of Nerve Damage from Accidents
The most common types of nerve damage are compression and pinched nerves. These issues may occur when the force of the accident causes a part of your body to move in a sudden jerking, whiplash motion. This sudden violent motion can cause the nerves to become pinched. Other times, parts of the body may become forced together in an unnatural way, causing the nerves to become compressed by a bone, muscle or disk.
Nerve damage may also occur when obtaining a laceration across the skin. Shards of glass or sharp metal edges caused from the damage car can cut into your skin. You may have a cut that is deep enough to sever nerves. Lastly, your body may experience such brutal blunt-force trauma against a solid surface that the nerves become severely compressed.
Issues with Nerve Damage
Severe and chronic pain are common issues that you may feel from nerve damage. Yet you also may experience a range of other symptoms. You may lose the sensation of touch or pain, as you won’t feel when your hand has become burned on a hot surface such as a stove. You may also become extra sensitive to hot and cold sensations. Other signs of nerve damage include prickling sensations, numbness, weakness in muscles, paralysis, and twitching.
There can be times where you may experience issues that could be a symptom caused by nerve damage. After being involved in the accident in New York, you may have problems such as lightheadedness, bladder dysfunction, constipation, or sexual dysfunction.
Seeking Immediate Help for Nerve Damage
After you have been in an accident, even a minor one, you should seek out medical attention. You may feel nerve damage immediately, in a few days, in a few weeks, or even in a few months or years from the accident. The medical professional can perform an examination to determine the type of nerve damage you have, the location of the damage, and the severity of the issue. The doctor may order a CT scan, MRI or an electromyography and nerve conduction velocity (EMG/NCV) test.
Nerve damage can be treated, but it is often not completely cured. In addition, the nerve damage may become progressively worse. So it is always a good idea to seek medical help right after the accident or when the pain appears so the problem can be properly diagnosed and treated.
Don’t Wait Before Doing Something About Nerve Damage
Often, you may skip out of seeing a doctor when experiencing pain in your arms, legs, torso, back, neck or other extremities. People assume that the pain is simply due to bruising of the skin, muscles and joints. Unfortunately, the longer you wait, the worse the condition can get. Also, there is a statute of limitations in New York for personal injury cases if you want to receive compensation for your injuries from the liable party.
Another issue about waiting before getting medical attention is that it will be harder to gather evidence that links the accident as the cause for the nerve damage. The liable party can claim that the nerve damage could have been caused by other things and not directly from the accident. You may not be able to get the compensation you desire, or in the requested amount.
Seeking legal representation can allow the attorney to help you determine the appropriate compensation for the nerve damage injury, as well as figure out future compensation for ongoing medical bills. They will be able to gather all the documentation and medical information necessary for your case. If you need legal representation, contact the law offices of Ivan M. Diamond, injury law. We can provide a consultation to review your case and determine the next course of action to take for you to receive compensation for your medical injuries.
Nerve damage from an accident can seriously impact the quality and enjoyment of your live today and for years to come. It can lead to ongoing medical expenses that can cause issues with your personal finances and your ability to work. Call Law Office of Ivan M. Diamond in the Bronx today to receive a free review consultation. Let us help you receive the compensation that you deserve.