By Desiree Housek, Staff Writer
When you are involved in an auto accident, your injuries can range from mild to severe. Most of us are aware of common serious injuries such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and broken bones. However, nerve damage is a serious injury that is often overlooked.
Nerves play a critical role in the human body, helping people live healthy and normal lives. When nerve damage is sustained, the consequences can be dire. Nerve damage occurs when a nerve feels pressure, stretches, or is cut. Symptoms and treatment are dependent on the type of nerve damage sustained.
There are several different forms of nerve damage, the most common being due to whiplash or lacerations. If you experience any of the following symptoms after an accident you may have nerve damage and should seek medical assistance:
- Numb or tingling sensation in skin or limbs
- Prickling sensation
- Weakness and/or pain in your muscles
- Partial or full paralysis in arms, fingers, legs, and/or toes
- Twitching, spasms, or other uncontrolled muscle movements
- Increased skin sensitivity to cold and warm temperatures
While some forms of nerve damage can be treated through physical therapy, other forms may require intensive surgery, or may be considered permanent. Nerve damage may result in loss of ability to work and earn a living, as well as substantial medical bills due to treatment and rehabilitation.
If you have sustained nerve damage in an accident, you may have a personal injury claim and be entitled to compensation. To find an experienced auto accident attorney near you, visit our directory of qualified lawyers today.