Nerve Damage

Nerve Damage

INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO

As humans, the nervous system controls all of our bodies major functions. Nerves allow us to move, feel, and perform our daily tasks. When damage occurs to the nervous system, the injured may have difficulty moving, breathing, and using their senses, leading to a serious decline in their quality of life. The damage can occur through an intense pressure to the nervous system, an unexpected stretching of the bodies nerves, or lacerations to body which sever their connection to the nervous system. A typical situation where nerve damage occurs is during a car accident. The sudden, whiplash motion from the force of the accident stretches and puts an intense amount of pressure on the nervous system. Additionally,  nerves can be damaged from your body hitting the steering wheel, the seatbelt constricting your body’s natural movements causing extreme strain on the nervous system, or lacerations severing the connection between the nerve and the body.

What Are The Types of Nerves In Your Body?

Autonomic nerves

  • These nerves control the involuntary activities of your body
Motor nerves
  • Motor Nerves control your voluntary movements and actions
Sensory Nerves
  • They relay pain, and other sensations, from your skin and muscles to your spinal cord and brain

Following an accident, any of the three types of nerves may be adversely affected leading to a detrimental quality of life for the victim.


Symptoms

The following is a list of the common symptoms found for each particular nerve group. 

Autonomic Nerve Damage

  • Chest pain
  • Sweating
  • Dry eyes and mouth
  • Constipation
  • Bladder disfunction
  • Sexual Disfunction
Motor Nerve Damage
  • Weakness
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Twitching
  • Paralysis
Sensory Nerve Damage
  • Pain
  • Sensitivity
  • Numbness
  • Tingling or prickling
  • Burning
  • Problems with positional awareness
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Causes

  • Cancer
  • Compression/ Trauma
  • Diabetes
  • Drug side effects and toxic substances
  • Motor Neuron Diseases
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Infectious disease

Treatment

 
  • Seeking professional consultation is the first step in repairing damaged nerves. There is both surgical and non-surgical approaches that may be taken to repair the damaged nerves, however nerve damage is serious and rarely is the victim’s condition completely repaired to the pre-accident condition.
  • Non-Surgical
    • Using over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen, painkilling creams and ointments, painkilling sprays, and other gels.
    • If over the counter painkillers is not successful, then prescription medication may be the next step.
    • Natural Treatments for nerve pain such as massages, acupuncture, and increasing vitamin deficiencies. 
  • Surgical Treatment
    • Surgical treatment for damaged nerves is not ordinally practiced, however if following a high velocity crash the brachial plexus is affected, surgery may be appropriate. In this situation surgery can alleviate the long lasting, severe pain and disability that would occur if not treated. 

How Can We Help?

If you have been injured in an accident caused by another party and resulting in nerve damage, you may be able to recover compensation from the responsible party. However, in order to ensure compensation, you must prove that the other party was at fault for the accident that caused your injury. The experienced team of attorneys at the Murphy law firm can help you gather the evidence required to prove that your injuries are the result of an accident and that the accident was caused by another person or entity. Don’t be a victim twice and let us advocate on your behalf.

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