The nervous system is essentially the body’s electrical wiring. Nerves transmit signals throughout the entire body, instructing the body to execute various functions. Neuropathic damage can prove debilitating in terms of overall health, as well as in the ability to enjoy day-to-day life.
In a car crash, the nerves can be severed, stretched, crushed, or compressed. Nerve damage can be secondary to other injuries, such as broken bones or head trauma, but it can be just as debilitating. Some nerve damage can lead to excruciating pain (acute or chronic), whereas other types may leave you feeling numb. If the damage is permanent, it could affect your mobility, your ability to work, or your ability to feel.
Indications of nerve damage after a car crash
It is important to see a doctor immediately after you have been involved in any type of car crash, but especially if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Loss of motor control
- Trouble speaking properly
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Numbness or tingling in the feet, hands, legs, arms, or digits
- Loss of sensation or weakness in the extremities
- Abnormal sensitivity or pain
Nerve damage can vary in its severity. Treatment will vary based on the severity diagnosed by a doctor. In some cases rest and pain medication is the prescription, along with some physical therapy. In other cases, surgery is required to repair damaged nerves and other assistive devices may be required for long-term or permanent use, such as a walker or a cane.
How nerve damage from a crash can affect your life
Sustaining nerve damage in a crash can significantly and in some cases permanently change the course of an individual’s life. In some cases, very costly treatment and therapy is involved to help the individual regain comfort and control. The medical expenses involved can lead to insurmountable medical bills. In addition, you may be unable to continue your employment for a lengthy period of time or have difficulty going back into your previous line of work. This is all added on top of the physical pain and emotional strain resulting from the injury itself.
The silver lining is that you do have options to pursue compensation for your losses. By working with a Huntsville injury attorney, you may be able to recoup compensation for your medical bills, your lost wages (current and future), and your pain and suffering. While money cannot give you back all you have lost, it can alleviate the financial burdens you face, and help ensure that your family is protected for the future.
The Huntsville and Decatur car crash attorneys at Martin & Helms are here to support you after your car accident. We can help you find out about your eligibility to obtain compensation for your injuries and losses. Our team is on your side from start to finish. To set up a free consultation, call us today at 256.539.1990, or complete our contact form. We proudly represent clients in Huntsville, Decatur, Athens, Madison, and throughout the Tennessee Valley.