As a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury lawyer, I know that there are many serious injuries which can be suffered by victims of car wrecks, truck accidents, and motorcycle collisions. However, one of the most serious injuries is that of nerve damage. Oftener referred to as “peripheral neuropathy,” nerve damage is a common result of the trauma suffered in an automobile crash.
Any time that a nerve is compressed, stretched, severed, pinched or otherwise injured, it can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from tingling pain to permanent paralysis depending on the specific type of nerve which has been damaged. If you or a member of your family has suffered any kind of nerve pain or nerve damage in a traffic wreck which was the fault of someone else’s negligence, it is important that you consult with a board certified Fort Worth personal injury attorney as you may be entitled to significant compensation.
Different Types of Peripheral Neuropathy Explained
There are three distinct groups of nerve types in your body, each having their own function:
Autonomic nerves control the basic, constant functions which keep you alive; things like breathing, sweating, and your heartbeat. Damage to autonomic nerves can result in blood pressure and digestive problems, inability to feel or sense pain (including chest pain, or to detect a heart attack), constipation, bladder dysfunction, lightheadedness, dry eyes/mouth, and sexual dysfunction.
Sensory nerves are responsible for detecting environmental stimuli such as heat or pain. In addition to your inability to experience various types of stimuli which can in itself result in subsequent injuries, damage to sensory nerves can also result in problems with positional awareness.
Motor nerves control all your voluntary movements and actions. Damage to motor nerves can result in pain and weakness, as well as muscle atrophy, twitching, fasciculation, and paralysis. Carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve entrapment (the nerve located along your “funny bone”) are specific forms of motor nerve damage.
Permanent Nerve Damage is Extremely Dangerous
Many car wreck and accident victims often have nerve damage, are aware of the damage, but dismiss the injury as temporary or they try to take over-the-counter medication as treatment. However, unlike visible injuries such as scratches or scars, injuries to the human nervous system do not always heal by themselves and often times need the intervention of medical doctors and surgery. As stated in this article, the nervous system is one of the most important features of the human body, and failure to treat damaged nerves immediately could mean that in the long-run could be too late. Some consequences of treating damaged nervous can include loss of daily function, loss of operative function, and the inability to do activities of daily living. This means that all of the normal tasks that people take for granted, such as walking, sitting, and even raising a phone to speak with a loved one, could all be threatened by nerve damage and could be performed by a caregiver. It is important for injured accident victims to identify the problem, get the injury treated, and follow the series of recommendations recommended by a doctor.
Furthermore, many injured victims believe that a treatment plan or even visiting a doctor to check their injuries is time-consuming and expensive. Regarding the task being time-consuming, it is important to place one's health in importance. A simple visit to the doctor can save countless amounts of visits in the future. In addition, if an injured victim is required to get medical treatment, there is compensation available that can be acquired by hiring a personal injury attorney. The personal injury attorney can represent the injured victim and win compensation from the at-fault driver's insurance company. If you were injured because of the wrongdoing of another driver, you do not have to suffer because of the medical expenses involved. There is compensation available that can cover for medical treatment, time taking off work to treat your injuries, and lost wages because of medical treatment.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Nerve Pain and Nerve Damage
Doctors are able to diagnose and determine nerve damage through nerve conduction tests such as an EMG or electromyography test. In milder cases, treatment is available and nerves may heal with appropriate rest, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and exercise. According to WebMD, complementary and alternative forms of care are also often recommended for nerve damage patients. These include acupuncture, hypnosis, meditation, and bio-feedback.
In many cases, unfortunately, damage done to nerves is permanent and nothing can be done to reverse it. If a nerve is cut or severed, there is nothing which can be done to fix it – meaning that the victim will suffer the consequences for the rest of their life.
Even in cases of non-permanent nerve damage, however, the pain and damage caused can seriously affect your quality of life.
Any time that you or someone you love has been injured in a car wreck or any other accident which was not your fault, it is important that you consult with a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer in order to determine your legal rights and options. If someone else was at fault, then you are probably entitled to make a claim for compensation against their insurance.
To discuss your case with a board certified Fort Worth personal injury lawyer today, please call the Anderson Law Firm toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.
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