What Is a Nerve Injury?
Nerve injuries are also known as neuropathies. They occur when the body’s intricate network of nerves is somehow damaged, resulting in the vital communication connections to and from the brain being temporarily or permanently affected.
Nerves are an important part of our anatomy as they carry signals to the brain telling us about heat and cold, pain, and other sensations. For example, if you sprain an ankle, nerves will signal to your brain that your ankle is hurt, and you will feel pain. Nerves also carry signals from the brain to the body, allowing us to function and move our limbs.
Symptoms of Nerve Injuries
You may experience various physical and sensory impairments as a result of a nerve injury, such as:
- Nerve pain
- Pins and needles or tingling
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of motor function
- Muscle spasms
- Loss of coordination
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical attention promptly. Accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment can be essential for managing nerve injuries and improving your chances of recovery.
In cases of nerve injuries resulting from another’s negligence, such as car accidents or medical errors, consult with a personal injury attorney to assess your options for recovering compensation.
Nerve Injury Types
The following types of nerves can be affected by trauma, for example, due to a car accident or fall:
- Motor nerves: These nerves control muscle movement and voluntary muscle actions. They transmit information from the brain to the rest of the body. Damaging motor nerves can lead to muscle weakness or paralysis.
- Sensory nerves: Sensory nerves communicate information about touch, temperature, and pain from the body’s limbs to the brain. Injuries to sensory nerves can cause numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation.
- Autonomic nerves: These nerves are vital for the body’s involuntary functions, including breathing, blood pressure, and digestion. Autonomic nerves are less frequently injured in accidents.
- Cranial nerves: These are a set of 12 nerves in the brain that control sensory and motor functions in the head and neck. Injuries to cranial nerves can result from head trauma and produce various symptoms, such as vision and hearing problems, facial paralysis, and difficulties with speech and swallowing.
- Spinal nerves: Spinal nerves transmit signals between the central nervous system and other regions of the body. Injuries can occur in accidents involving the spine, such as falls, car accidents, or workplace incidents. Spinal nerve damage can cause paralysis, loss of sensation, or pain.
The specific nerves that may be injured in an accident or fall can vary widely based on the severity and location of the trauma.
Causes of Nerve Injuries
Like all types of injuries, nerve injuries can occur for any number of reasons. The law is concerned about nerve injuries that are caused or result from another person’s wrongdoing. Here are some common accidents and incidents that could lead to nerve damage and a right to bring a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries:
- Truck accidents caused by careless drivers
- Slips and falls due to a hazard on another’s property
- Medical malpractice, such as surgical errors
- Workplace accidents, such as plant and pipeline explosions
You could be entitled to damages if you suffered a nerve injury due to another’s negligence, whether a driver, property owner, or employer. A personal injury attorney at the Ammons Law Firm can clarify your rights and could help you get justice.
Determine Whether You Have a Case Today
Nerve injuries can be a serious and sometimes life-altering consequence of an avoidable accident. Those affected may face considerable physical, emotional, and financial challenges that can feel overwhelming.
However, you don’t have to struggle alone. If you or a loved one suffered nerve injuries, a dedicated personal injury attorney at the Ammons Law Firm can help you seek justice, hold responsible parties accountable, and fight tirelessly for the compensation you need to rebuild your life.
Get started now and contact us for a free case review to determine whether you qualify for damages.
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