Seattle Nerve Damage Attorneys
Car accidents cause all kinds of injuries, and many are immediately visible, such as cuts, scrapes, burns, and broken bones. Other wounds, such as nerve damage, are not as obvious and may not show up until days or weeks after an accident. Nerve damage is a very serious injury, however. It will often last longer than other injuries and require ongoing medical care. Depending on the severity, nerve injuries can be debilitating and affect your ability to work and maintain your quality of life.
Nerve pain and damage can result from the trauma or compression that occurs during the impact of a car accident. Nerves are crucial to the proper function of your body, so any harm done to them should always be taken seriously and treated by appropriate medical specialists to ensure maximum recovery.
If you have nerve damage from a car accident caused by a negligent party, you should pursue the financial recovery you need with the help of an experienced attorney at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee. We will take care of gathering the proof needed to secure maximum compensation, so that you can focus on healing. Call us today at (206) 899-5415 to schedule your free consultation.
What Is Nerve Damage?
Nerves are tissues that connect our organs to the nervous system and conduct nerve impulses. The nervous system is involved in every function of the body, such as sensing hot and cold, controlling muscles, and regulating breathing. Nerves are divided into three categories:
- Autonomic nerves control the involuntary or partially voluntary activities of your body, including blood pressure, digestion, heart rate, and temperature regulation.
- Motor nerves control movements and actions. They pass signals from your brain and spinal cord to your muscles.
- Sensory nerves relay information from your skin and muscles back to your spinal cord and brain. This is how you feel pain and other sensations.
When nerves are healthy, your brain receives the information it needs for pain awareness, the proper function of internal organs, and muscle movement. When nerves are impaired, the brain may not receive all the information it needs, and you can experience pain, or your muscles may not move properly.
How Nerve Damage Happens
The force of sudden movement or impact to the body during a car accident can compress nerves in the back or spinal cord and interfere with how they transmit signals. The following conditions are examples of how nerve damage occurs.
- Lacerations can sever nerve tissue.
- Pinched Nerve: A bone spur or ruptured disc can pinch the nerves that run down the arm or spine or arm.
- Broken or Dislocated Bones: A bone that gets moved out of place can compress or damage the nerves located nearby.
- Whiplash: When your head and neck are jolted back and forth, extra pressure is placed on nerves in your spine or neck.
Symptoms of Nerve Damage
Not all injuries are apparent immediately following a car accident, so you might not realize you have nerve damage until later. The first signs of nerve damage might frighten you when you realize you cut yourself but didn’t feel any pain, or you experience intense pain for no known reason. Various symptoms come with damage to your nerves, and they depend on which type of nerve has been distressed.
Autonomic nerve damage symptoms may include:
- Excessive sweating or the inability to sweat
- Dry eyes or mouth
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting
- Digestive issues, such as loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal bloating, nausea, vomiting
- Bladder or sexual dysfunction
- Difficulty with pupils adjusting from light to dark
Motor nerve damage symptoms may include:
- Loss of muscle mass
- Muscle twitching
Sensory nerve damage symptoms may include:
- Burning, tingling, or prickling
- Lack of coordination/clumsiness
- Problems recognizing positional awareness (up/down, under/over)
It is possible to have damage to two or three types of nerves. For example, you could experience both tingling and weakness in your arm.
Treatment for Nerve Damage
Most cases of nerve damage become worse over time, so it is crucial to be diagnosed and treated promptly before it progresses to the point of permanent impairment. If another injury has caused or is contributing to your nerve condition, treatment may start with addressing that underlying cause. You may also require surgery to repair damaged nerves. Recovery can be a long process, taking weeks, months, or even longer, but treatment is available to prevent complications and help alleviate symptoms. You may be prescribed medications such as these:
- Pain relievers
- Certain anti-seizure drugs
- Capsaicin cream
Other approaches may be used along with medication to help with nerve pain and discomfort, including:
- Physical therapy
- Antioxidant vitamins
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), a small, battery-operated device placed on the affected area
Sometimes nerve damage is so severe that it never completely heals, so treatment focuses on managing the symptoms and improving functionality and quality of life. Treatment for nerve damage can leave you with extensive medical bills, and you may lose your income if you are unable to work during your recovery.
Getting Compensation for Nerve Damage from Car Accidents
If a car accident has left you with sustained nerve damage, you may be eligible to receive compensation and should not miss out on the financial assistance you deserve. Document your symptoms and the impact they have on your ability to work and perform daily tasks and reach out to The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee. After reviewing your case, we can estimate damages for your situation and may be able to get compensation for your medical bills and the impact the injury has had on your life. A financial sum may not fix everything, but it can help you deal with some of the consequences of the accident.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee provides experienced legal counsel to people who have suffered injuries from car accidents in Seattle and throughout Washington. We’ll take on the most challenging nerve damage cases without any upfront fees. You will only pay us if we recover compensation for you. Call (206) 899-5415 today and speak to a car accident attorney at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee, who will work to get you the reimbursement you deserve.