More obvious injuries like fractures and dislocations get more attention, but millions of Americans suffer from nerve damage caused by car accidents, falls, sports accidents, and construction accidents. Nerve damage can happen on its own or alongside other serious injuries such as fractures, brain damage, and amputations. Nerve damage can be painful, cause extended or permanent disability, and reduce the ability to carry out the normal functions of daily life. Victims of nerve damage have reduced incomes, and pain and reductions in function impair their ability to enjoy time with family and recreational activities.
When you’re suffering from nerve damage due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional act of another person, it’s possible to collect a substantial amount of compensation. An experienced Orange County nerve damage injury lawyer can help you collect money for medical expenses, current and future lost earnings, pain, suffering, and mental distress. Call the personal injury attorneys at the Crockett Law Group today to schedule your free consultation and learn more.
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What Is Nerve Damage?
Nerve damage, also called peripheral neuropathy, can cause weakness, numbness, and pain in virtually any part of the body. Trauma from a car crash, truck accident, head-on collision, T-bone accident, bus accident, pedestrian knockdown, construction accident, or slip and fall, can damage nerves. Nerve damage can come from compression of the nerves, movement of the nerves, or from a partial or complete severance of their connections.
Nerve damage can produce long-lasting symptoms such as stabbing, burning, or tingling pain in the legs, arms, torso, neck, shoulders, and other body parts. Damage to nerves is difficult to pinpoint with objective testing and depends greatly on the skill of a practitioner for an accurate diagnosis as many of the symptoms of nerve damage overlap with other conditions.
What Are the Symptoms of Nerve Damage?
There are three basic types of nerves, with symptoms depending on the nerves that are affected:
- Sensory Nerves: Receive messages such as pain, vibration, touch, and temperature.
- Motor nerves: Control the movement of muscles.
- Autonomic nerves: Control blood pressure, heart rate, bladder, and digestion.
Common symptoms of nerve damage include the following:
- Numbness, prickling, or tingling
- Sharp, burning, throbbing, or jabbing pain
- Sensitivity to touch
- Lack of coordination
- Weak muscles
- Heat intolerance
- Excessive sweating
- Bowel and bladder problems
- Difficulty with digestion
- Dizziness due to changes in blood pressure
How Do Nerves Get Damaged?
There are many types of diseases and conditions that can cause nerve damage, such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases, infections, and tumors. Trauma can also damage nerves, and high impact trauma can sever peripheral nerves. Nerve damage can also occur as a result of repetitive motions such as using crutches or a computer keyboard.
It is not always possible to determine the cause of nerve damage. Certain conditions can make people more vulnerable to nerve damages such as diabetes, alcohol abuse, vitamin deficiencies, infections, kidney, liver, or thyroid disorders, exposure to toxins, and a family history of neuropathy.
How Do You Treat Nerve Damage?
If symptoms of nerve damage occur after an accident, it’s important to seek a medical evaluation with a neurologist. An experienced neurologist has many tests available to determine the type of nerve damage sustained so that treatment can be properly tailored. The initial evaluation will focus on testing sensory and motor functions to isolate the nerves that are impacted.
Once the nerves are isolated, nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG) studies can be narrowly targeted to determine the extent of localized damage. Physical therapy is usually the first modality to be employed and often brings relief after several months. In some cases, medications may be used to reduce inflammation that is causing pressure on the nerves. When physical therapy and medication cannot reduce symptoms enough, surgery can be considered. Surgical nerve repair begins with exploring the injured nerve so that a plan can be developed to remove injured tissue or scar tissue from the nerve endings.
It is sometimes possible to reconnect a severed nerve in order to relieve symptoms and increase function. These repairs are usually done with the assistance of a microscope. Nerve grafting, where a non-essential nerve is taken from another part of the body to be inserted in the area that’s damaged, is becoming much more common. State-of-the-art techniques are using nerve graft substitutes instead of grafts in appropriate patients.
How Long Does It Take for Nerves to Heal?
In some cases, nerve damage heals on its own or with the assistance of physical therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. That’s why surgery is often not considered until months, or even years, after the nerve damage injury has been given time to heal.
Nerve damage surgery is always followed by a long course of physical therapy to help restore sensation, reduce pain, and retrain the nerves to promote better function. It’s not unusual for more than one surgery to be needed to repair nerve damage injuries. This means that the healing period can sometimes take many years, and pain and loss of function may be permanent even with every available treatment employed.
Get Help From Our Orange County Nerve Damage Injury Lawyers
Nerve damage can cause permanent deficits that impact the rest of your life. That’s why you need to hire the best Orange County nerve damage lawyers to collect the largest amount of money possible to pay for medical treatment, reimburse you for your lost earnings, and compensate you for your pain, suffering, and mental anguish.
You can count on our attorneys at the Crockett Law Group. We’ll launch a thorough investigation of your case, ensuring that we have the evidence to present a strong case on your behalf. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and our legal strategy so you will have a complete understanding of all issues. Please call (800) 900-9393 today to make an appointment.