Filing a Claim Over Car Accident Nerve Injuries
Getting in a car accident entails a number of complications to one’s life that involves your health, financial stability, and even psychological state. Not only is a car accident a jarring experience that can come out of nowhere but a car accident can also lead to a number of unpleasant surprises in terms of the injuries they inflict. Motor vehicle collisions have the potential to cause life-threatening and permanently debilitating injuries to those involved. One that can often be overlooked but is no less impactful is nerve damage.
What is Nerve Damage?
Nerve damage involves injury to the nerves of your body which work as receptors for the nervous system of your body responsible for a variety of functions such as sensation, voluntary control of your body’s movement, and automatic bodily functions. Nerve damage can drastically interfere with any of these functions and can present a serious threat to someone’s ability to live a normal life.
There are three types of nerves in the human body
1. Autonomic Nerves
These nerves are responsible for certain body functions that occur on their own. These automatic functions include your heart rate, blood pressure, your digestion, and your body’s temperature regulation. Most involuntary bodily functions will involve these nerves.
2. Motor Nerves
Your movements are controlled by motor nerves. These nerves communicate with your brain and relay commands to your muscles from your brain via the spinal cord. All conscious movement that you control is controlled by these motor nerves.
3. Sensory Nerves
All the sensations that you feel are courtesy of your sensory nerves. These nerves relay complex sensory information from your skin and other tissue to your brain and are responsible for relaying everything from pain to temperature.
How are Nerves Damaged?
Nerves are located all throughout the body and permeate the tissue and flesh right beneath the surface of the skin in many cases. These nerves are typically damaged in a car accident through physical trauma. Nerves are sensitive by nature and as complex organs, they can suffer severe damage through a number of vectors. Nerves can be pinched, scraped, cut, etc. They can also end up suffering damage over time as certain conditions in the body affected by injuries compromise nerves by putting pressure on them. Damage to the body’s nerves typically occur in a few locations much more than others such as:
- The lower back
- The middle back
The back and neck are where the spine is located so damage to this large area can have a pronounced effect on nerves located in these regions as well as the many nerves that rely on this structure to get information to and from the brain. The hands and feet are where a large concentration of nerves are located and are the locations of nerves farthest from the rest of the central nervous system. The hands and feet are also some of the most commonly injured parts of the body in general.
Car Accident Nerve Damage Injuries
Since there are several types of nerves and several different areas and functions that they can affect, nerve damage varies significantly from case to case. This means that treatment, symptoms, and severity of nerve damage can vary greatly as well. Nerve damage is seldom suffered alone and will often accompany other injuries or arise as a result of damage inflicted by other injuries. The following are some of the most common forms of nerve damage injuries suffered in car accidents.
Symptoms of Nerve Damage
One of the most troubling aspects of nerve damage is how it is not as visible of an injury as say, a broken bone. This means that watching out for symptoms is of the utmost importance so that nerve damage can be diagnosed and treated before it becomes permanent or further complications arise. Common nerve damage symptoms include:
- Chest pain
- Problems with sweating
- Dry eyes
- Chronic pain
- Sexual dysfunction
- Difficulty controlling bodily functions or the body in general
- Atrophy of the muscles
Consequences of Nerve Damage
When it comes to nerve damage, the long-term consequences can be extremely debilitating. Nerve damage can often end up being permanent which means the functions those damaged nerves originally carried out will no longer take place. Autonomic nerve damage can create issues with your bodily functions, sometimes to the point that it can threaten your life. Motor nerve damage can mean a restriction of mobility. Sensory nerve damage can either cause extreme pain or a complete lack thereof making life very difficult.
Damage to any of these nerves can affect a person’s ability to work, their relationships, as well as their mental health. This is why those that have suffered nerve damage as a result of a car accident should consider filing a claim to seek compensation for the damages they have suffered. Treating nerve damage is expensive enough but living with it can be even more difficult.
Seek an Experienced Car Accident Injury Attorney
If you have been involved in a car accident that you believe was caused by the negligence of another party, you should speak to a car accident injury attorney about your case. It is often helpful to do this even before speaking to the insurance company as an attorney experienced in car accident cases will not only provide guidance through the insurance claims process but will also be able to help you determine what the value of your damages is and can begin negotiating with the insurance company for a fair settlement.
As a client of Sibley Dolman, you can expect your car accident attorney to be communicative and compassionate when answering questions about your case, and aggressive when representing you during the insurance claims process or the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. We are diligent investigators, comfortable with analyzing crash scenes to determine liability and analyzing potential insurance resources in order to help you to obtain the maximum award available to you.
There is never a convenient time to deal with the aftermath of a car accident; accident injuries can change your way of life and cause significant time away from work. Focus on your recovery and leave the legal process to us. To schedule your free consultation and case review, you can either call our Clearwater office at (727) 451-6900 or fill out a contact form online.
Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 N Belcher Rd
Clearwater, FL 33765