Nerve Damage Lawyer
Nerve damage injuries affect the back, neck, arms and legs and can cause debilitating pain that can cause victims to be unable to work or to live normal lives. Bulging discs can pinch or impinge on nerves resulting in chronic pain. More serious nerve damage injuries can lead to partial or total paralysis.
Nerves branch out from the spinal court down to the arms and legs, with those coming out from the top of the spine or neck area affecting shoulders, arms and hands. Nerves from the lumbar spine affect the buttocks, legs and feet.
Almost any kind of accident can lead to nerve damage. Motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, animal attacks or dog bites and construction accidents are all major causes. If you have nerve damage from an accident, contact a nerve damage lawyer to have your case evaluated.
Common Nerve Damage Injuries
Motor vehicle accidents often lead to whiplash type injuries where the neck and back are thrown violently backward and then forward, leading to nerve damage that may last days, months or longer. Other types of nerve damages injuries concern the following:
- Back Injuries: Damage to nerves affecting your back can affect feeling in your legs and arms, leading to disability and severe pain. In some cases, the victim may experience loss of bladder control.
- Neck Injuries: Bulging discs in your neck caused by an accident or a combination of trauma and the degenerative process can pinch or impinge nerves and cause considerable discomfort. Pain from a disc impinging a nerve, called radiculopathy, can cause shooting pain into other parts of your body.
- Fibromyalgia: Inflammation or overactive nerves can be caused by trauma leading to pain over wide areas of the body along with headaches and fatigue leading to depression and other emotional problems.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: Among the most frightening injuries is severe damage to the spinal cord that can result in severing the cord or nerves and resulting in partial or total paralysis.
- Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD): Damage to your peripheral and central nervous system can disrupt the signals emanating from your brain and spinal cord. This can be caused by trauma such as fractures, sprains/strains or burns or cuts. Pain in CRSP victims can be constant and produce a burning or squeezing sensation. For some victims, they may be left with crippling pain that is irreversible. For those with RSD, characterized by tenderness, burning and swelling of an extremity along with sweating, flushing and discoloration, they may also suffer unremitting pain for long periods of time.
Compensation for Your Nerve Damage Injury
Many sufferers of nerve damage encounter skepticism from insurers, especially those who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, CRPS or RSD, since there is no medical consensus on these conditions regarding cause and the extent of the injury and pain may be largely subjective. It is essential in these cases that you have a health care provider who is familiar with these conditions and who can fully document your symptoms and medical history and relate them to a particular diagnosis. A nerve injury lawyer can monitor your treatment and determine if a particular specialist might be better suited for your type of injury and work with your current physician to see if a referral is appropriate.
If you or a loved one was injured by the negligent conduct of a third party in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall or other mishap caused by someone else’s carelessness or failure to act, you can bring a claim for compensation. Your damages may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future income loss
- Pain and suffering
- Expenses for vocational rehabilitation
- Expenses for physical therapy
- Spousal claim for loss of consortium
Your claim for damages may be limited by the amount of liability insurance carried by the defendant and your underinsured coverage. If you are unable to work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.
Contact Burns & Jain, a Boston Nerve Damage Law Firm
Getting compensation for your nerve damage from a car accident lawyer or personal injury attorney is your right. Nerve damage cases may require that your attorney use his or her professional experience and knowledge in such matters because of the uncertainty and skeptical attitudes of defense insurers who will try to minimize your damages or call your allegations into question. Call Burns & Jain today for a free assessment of your injury claim.