Nerve Damage Caused by Vehicle Accidents
Unfortunately, vehicle accidents sometimes result in very serious injuries, such as nerve damage. These injuries can result in long-term chronic nerve pain, diminished functioning of limbs and organs, and psychological issues such as depression. Nerve damage can cause some of the worst physical pain imaginable, as well as permanent disability in some cases.
Symptoms of Nerve Damage
Vehicle accident victims suffering from nerve damage should seek immediate medical attention. Common nerve damage symptoms include:
- Muscle weakness or pain
- Partial or complete paralysis of limbs and digits
- Increased skin sensitivity when exposed to hot and cold temperatures
- Prickling, numbness, or tingling of the skin
- Muscle twitching
Nerve Damage Treatment
When you’ve sustained nerve damage, your treatment may include:
- Antidepressants. Antidepressants block chemical processes in the brain to relieve the pain caused by nerve damage.
- Pain relievers. Over-the-counter medication may suffice for mild pain, but your doctor can prescribe more powerful pain relievers for severe symptoms. Lidocaine patches contain a topical anesthetic, and they can be applied directly to those areas where the pain is at its worst.
- Anti-seizure medication. Your doctor may prescribe drugs such as Dilantin or Neurontin which have been proven effective in the treatment of nerve pain.
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Patients suffering from severe pain due to nerve damage may benefit from electrical nerve stimulation. Electrodes applied to the skin provide a gentle current of electricity, which can sometimes alleviate pain from nerve damage.
Damages for pain and suffering are frequently substantial, and often include compensation for physical, mental, and emotional pain. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to assign an exact dollar value to the pain and suffering caused by nerve damage. Settlement negotiations can be complicated, and generally rely on making an educated guess based on previous verdicts in similar cases. Should the case go to trial, a jury will determine compensation based upon the evidence presented, including testimony from the plaintiff and medical experts.
You Need an Attorney
If you’ve suffered nerve damage resulting from a vehicle accident, you’re entitled to compensation for your injuries. You need an experienced attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., by clicking the Live Chat button on this page.