Nerve Damage as the Result of a Serious Accident

After you have been involved in a car accident, you might experience pain and numbness in your hands or feet or other signs of muscle weakness. These may all be indications that you have sustained nerve damage.

>Nerve damage, also called peripheral neuropathy, can occur as a result of trauma that involves stretching, pressure or cutting of the nerves, the most serious being cutting. If a nerve has been cut, surgery will be required because the nerve might not be able to repair itself. If pressure or stretching caused the nerve damage, treatment may involve correcting the underlying problem, such as removing a slipped disc. Unfortunately, these are common injuries that may be sustained after a car accident.

Nerve Damage Symptoms

Nerve damage commonly starts in your longest nerves, those that extend to your toes.

  • tingling and numbness that begins in your hands or feet and spreads to your legs or arms;
  • burning pain;
  • sharp, jabbing pain;
  • sensitivity to touching;
  • loss of coordination;
  • paralysis or muscle weakness (when motor nerves are affected); and
  • bladder and bowel problems (when autonomic nerves are affected).
If you have sustained any of these symptoms after a car accident or any other kind of accident, you should consult with an injury lawyer to discuss filing a claim to seek compensation for your medical and other accident expenses.

Nerve Damage Treatment

After any serious accident you should always seek medical treatment.
If you have sustained nerve damage, your treatment may include any of the following:
  • Pain medication Over-the-counter medication may be suitable for mild symptoms. For severe symptoms, your physician may suggest prescription pain relievers.
  • Anti-seizure medication You may be prescribed drugs intended to treat epilepsy, such as Dilantin or Neurontin. These drugs have been effective in treating nerve pain.
  • Lidocaine patch This patch, with a topical anesthetic, can be applied to the area where pain is most severe.
  • Antidepressants Tricyclic antidepressants interfere with chemical processes in the brain to relieve the pain of nerve damage.
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation Electrodes placed on your skin deliver a gentle current of electricity. Patients have reported that this eases their nerve damage symptoms.
In addition, surgery may be required in severe cases of nerve damage. Nerve damage can be very debilitating. Since you might be forced to take time off from work while you recover, it would be beneficial to consult with a lawyer to learn about your legal options for seeking accident compensation.

Contacting an Attorney

After an accident you should be able to spend your time focusing on your recovery, not dealing with insurance adjusters, never-ending paperwork and complicated legalese. Davis Levin Livingston will fight for your rights while you focus on healing. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – 1-866-806-4349.
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