San Diego Nerve Injury Attorneys
Our bodies are made up of a series of nerves that connect every part of our body back to our spine and brain, allowing us to feel pain, sense our environment, and move. Nerves are extremely small and heavily protected by layers of skin, fat, muscle, and bone. However, in serious accidents, such as traffic collisions, fires, assaults, and falls, our nerves can become stretched, bruises, or even torn, resulting in a loss of feeling, chronic pain, or even paralysis.
Recovering from nerve damage is difficult and costly, resulting in a great deal of pain and suffering to regain control of the affected body part, if you regain control at all. But you shouldn’t be buried under medical bills because of someone else’s negligence. Instead, contact a San Diego nerve injury attorney at jD LAW if you suffered nerve damage in an accident that was not your fault. Call us at (760) 630-2000 to discover what legal options are available for you and if you can pursue compensation.
Because of how small nerves are, they can be damaged in a variety of ways during an accident. The three most common forms of nerve damage are:
- Bruises, pressured, or pinched nerves
- Stretched nerves that are torn but still intact
- Severed nerves
Pinches nerves present themselves through pain, discomfort, and difficulty fully moving a body part properly, but can be treated with the application of hot and cold compresses. However, if the nerve is bruised or was placed under a lot of pressure, such as in a construction accident, the structure of the nerve may become damaged. You may still be able to feel with the nerve, but you will also experience a hot pain, numbness, and tingling in your skin or muscles. If not properly treated through physical therapy, the damage to the nerve can be permanent.
Stretched nerves may still be intact but can have limited functions and can lead to neurapraxia. Because the structure surrounding the nerve cells are damaged, it will be more difficult to sense or move that part of the body, leading to similar symptoms to bruises or pressured nerves. The nerves will have difficulty sending and receiving signals, which may lead to temporary paralysis or numbness, alongside pain and discomfort.
The most serious scenario is when a nerve is severed. Doctors will have to perform surgery to access the damage and reconnect the nerve. If not done quickly, you will lose all feeling in that area and the nerve may not be able to repair itself on its own. Worst case scenario, you could be paralyzed if the nerves in your spinal cord are damaged, resulting in either paraplegia or tetraplegia.
Whether minor or serious, a nerve injury can have a lasting impact on your life. In addition to dealing with your medical condition, the damage may affect your ability to work comfortably and hold a job. While you may expect an insurance company to treat nerve injuries as catastrophic events, the opposite is far more likely. They may attempt to discredit your injuries by arguing that they were not caused by the accident or ask for a second opinion, often from a doctor who will disregard your symptoms.
Rather than trusting insurance companies to do right by you, your best option at receiving fair compensation for a nerve injury is to contact an attorney and learn what options are available to you. Most people do not realize that their personal injury claim can include more than ER bills, but also:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and earning capacity if you have to change careers
- Household expenses, such as adjustments to your home if you are disabled
- Assisted living equipment
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
To ensure you receive every cent that is owed to you after an accident, it is paramount that you secure sound legal guidance after an accident that leads to a nerve injury.
Moving on after nerve damage can be extremely difficult, especially if you are still dealing with the costs of your accident. You may find it hard to schedule medical appointments, surgeries, and therapy all while trying to adjust to your job or looking for new work, if you have to change careers. The stress of filing a personal injury claim can be hard to bear, but you do not have to do it alone.
At jD LAW, our legal team can evaluate your case and work with you to develop a legal game plan. When we take on a client, we focus on handling all the legal matters, including:
- Reviewing liability insurance policies
- Evaluating and collecting evidence of negligence
- Calculating the costs of your injuries and watch damages you can recover
- Negotiating with insurance adjusters
- Fighting for compensation at trial, if it comes to that
Your primary focus should be on getting medical treatment and recovering. Let us handle the legal matters of your claim. Call us at (760) 630-2000 to schedule a free consultation with a San Diego personal injury attorney.
- Peripheral Neuropathy: MedlinePlus
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- Nerves - Merck Manual
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When you have been injured, or a loved one has been killed due to the negligence of another, you need legal help. Contact jD LAW, today to get the justice you deserve.