Crash-related injuries can sometimes go beyond broken bones, head trauma, or neck and back injuries. The consequences of nerve damage can be painful and permanent.
According to WebMD, there are several causes of nerve damage. One cause that particularly relates to traffic collisions is compression and trauma to the nerves. This occurs when nerves get pinched or compressed due to spinal injuries. Nerve damage can also be linked to damage to the neurons in the brain after a traumatic brain injury.
There are a number of ways this can happen in a crash:
- T-bone or side-impact crashes
- Rear-end collisions (often impacts the neck and spine)
- Head-on collisions
- Pedestrian or bicyclist hit by a car
What are the symptoms of nerve damage?
There are three types of nerves in the body:
- Automatic nerves: These nerves are responsible for involuntary or partially voluntary functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and temperature regulation. Damage to automatic nerves can cause increases in sweating, dizziness, constipation, bladder dysfunction and inability to sense symptoms of a heart attack.
- Motor nerves: These nerves are responsible for your movements. They pass information from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles. Damage to the motor nerves can cause muscle weakness, muscle atrophy, paralysis and twitching.
- Sensory nerves: These nerves are responsible for relaying information from the skin and muscles to the spinal cord and brain. Sensory nerves often relay pain and other sensations. Damage to these nerves can result in pain, burning, tingling, numbness, hypersensitivity and complications with positional awareness.
Treatment for nerve damage
If you sustained nerve damage after a crash, even after recovering from other injuries, there may be no cure for your condition. The pain, discomfort and other symptoms of nerve damage can be managed, however.
According to WebMD, treatments often include:
- Surgery to reduce compression and trauma to nerves
- Physical therapy
- Pain medication
- Capsaicin cream
- Holistic treatments, such as acupuncture
How can a Florida car accident attorney help me get compensated?
Depending on the extent of your nerve damage, your life may never be the same again. You may not be able to perform certain activities or job duties. In addition, you may be experiencing long-term or permanent physical pain, emotional trauma and loss of enjoyment of life.
You may also be facing mounting medical expenses and may not be able to make ends meet if you can't work. That's why the Law Offices of Scott M. Miller, PLLC is dedicated to helping crash victims who endure long-term pain and suffering as a result of someone else's negligence. You didn't deserve the injuries you sustained, but you do deserve justice.
Our Florida attorneys will fight to help you get compensated for every penny owed to you. We'll deal with the insurance companies and fight for a fair settlement on your behalf. We serve clients in Longwood and the greater Orlando area. Contact us online and schedule your free legal consultation with our legal team.