Nerve damage can result from a variety of accidents, including workplace injuries, dog bites, motor vehicle accidents, and medical malpractice. Auto accidents account for almost half of nerve damage injuries, 10% of which are motorcycle accidents. It can be hard for accident victims to differentiate discomfort from a muscle strain from nerve damage symptoms, which is why it is important to seek medical help and document any discomfort you feel after an accident. It is also important to document the scene of the incident, including reasons to believe someone else was at fault or negligent. Keep records and photographs of any symptoms or injuries sustained, including those that may heal quickly, such cuts or bruises. This may help in getting better nerve damage treatment and compensation.
The nervous system controls all voluntary and involuntary actions in your body. So, while nerve damage can result in symptoms around the site of the surface injury, such as burning or tingling, more serious symptoms such as lightheadedness and dry mouth or eyes can also result depending on the severity and location of the damage.
There are three types of nerve damage that can occur: Sensory nerve damage, motor nerve damage, and autonomic nerve damage. Damage to sensory nerves can affect sensations such as temperature, pain, and touch. Motor nerve damage affects muscle movement, such as use of an arm or leg. Damage to autonomic nerves, which control bodily functions, can have effects on areas such as blood pressure, heart rate, and the bladder.
Both for your own health and to determine the severity of injury for your case, it is important to document any symptoms you experience. Symptoms can take hours or days to materialize, which is why it is important to immediately seek medical help after an injury and record any physical discomfort you feel to potentially get nerve damage compensation. Common signs of nerve damage include:
- Burning or tingling
- Dry mouth or eyes
- Heavy sweating or inability to sweat
- Lack of bladder control
- Muscle atrophy
- Pain or weakness
- Positional awareness problems
- Sexual dysfunction
The severity of nerve damage injuries ranges from minor damage and full patient recovery to severe damage and paralysis such as quadriplegia and tetraplegia. The types of nerve damage are:
- Neurapraxia, where the structure of the nerve remains intact, usually results in full recovery.
- Axonotmesis, a more severe type of nerve injury, typically results in long-term or permanent paralysis.
- Neurotmesis, where the actual nerve is severed, is the most severe type of nerve injury and results in permanent damage.
Nerve damage injuries can result in long periods of recovery and rehabilitation. Nerve damage treatment depends on the severity of the injury, and more extreme cases can require extended rounds of physical therapy, nerve grafts and transfers, and medication. Even with treatment, severe cases of nerve damage can result in the need for lifelong care.
If you or a loved one has suffered a nerve damage injury due to someone else’s negligence, Dugan & Associates personal Injury lawyers will work to pursue fair and just compensation for loss of earnings, damages, medical expenses, and home aid such as a care giver or nurse. Contact us today online or by telephone at 412-353-3572 to speak with a knowledgeable Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer to get the nerve damage treatment and compensation you deserve.