Were you involved in a motor vehicle accident? If you were in a crash and you are dealing with tingling, numbness, or pain, you may have suffered nerve damage. It is a common yet underappreciated car accident injury. While bumps, bruises, lacerations, and broken bones are usually visible in the immediate aftermath of a crash, nerve damage is often far less obvious.
Nerves are a bundle of fibers known as neurons that are responsible for sending electrical and chemical signals/impulses throughout the human body.
- Motor Nerves: Motor nerves control movement. Damage to motor neurons could impair your ability to move arms, legs, or muscles.
- Sensory Nerves: Sensory nerves send impulses from the muscle to the spinal cord/brain—allowing the body to feel sensation.
- Autonomic Nerves: Autonomic nerves control many essential bodily functions, including digestion, blood pressure, and heart rate.
Common Symptoms of Nerve Damage
How nerve damage will manifest depends entirely on the nature and severity of the injury. For this and other reasons. nerve damage can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint after an injury. The most common initial symptom of nerve damage are:
- Shooting pain;
- Radiating pain;
- Tingling, especially in extremities;
- A prickly sensation; and
- Muscle weakness.
Nerve Damage Requires Professional Medical Attention
If you are showing signs of nerve damage after a motor vehicle collision, it is crucial that you get yourself evaluated by an experienced medical professional. The sooner nerve damage is identified, the best position you will be in to reach maximum medical improvement. Only when a diagnosis is provided will a physician be able to create a comprehensive, individual treatment plan that is well-designed for your specific medical needs.
You Need Compensation for Medical Bills and Pain and Suffering
If you sustained significant nerve damage in a car accident, the recovery process can be long and daunting. In California, you have the right to seek financial assistance for the full value of your damages, including for both out-of-pocket costs and non-economic losses. Even when you prove liability, it can still be challenging to get the full and fair financial support that you rightfully deserve under the law. A San Jose car accident lawyer with experience handling nerve damage claims can help you maximize your financial recovery, including seeking compensation for:
- Motor vehicle repairs;
- Emergency room care;
- Hospital bills;
- Visits to specialists;
- Medical equipment;
- Rehabilitative care;
- Lost wages;
- Diminished earning potential;
- Pain and suffering;
- Long-term physical disability; and
- Loss of life enjoyment.
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