Posted on Friday, December 15th, 2017 at 12:20 am
When we think about car accidents, we usually think about injuries that are easily identifiable such as broken bones, lacerations, head injuries, and back injuries. However, traffic accidents cause a wide range of injuries, including nerve damage. Nerve damage is not always easily identifiable, and many people may not consider their symptoms as injuries from the car accident.
It is extremely important that you seek medical attention after an accident to determine the extent of your injuries. You need medical attention for your health and so that you can document the injuries to file an accident claim against the other driver. Nerve damage in an injury that can cause long-term damage and permanent disability. Our Sacramento car accident attorneys can help you document your injuries and losses to increase the chance you will recover maximum compensation for your accident claim.
How Does Nerve Damage Impact My Life?
Unfortunately, you may not recognize the numbness and tingling that occurs several days or weeks after the accident as being caused by the accident. However, it is important to “listen” to your body in the weeks after an accident because you may experience one or more unexplained symptoms that could be an indication of a severe injury. Therefore, if you experience tingling, burning, numbness, or other symptoms of nerve damage, it is important that you see a doctor immediately.
Nerve damage can cause long-term conditions and permanent disabilities. Some of the potential consequences of nerve damage sustained in a car wreck include:
- Paralysis and weakness — When nerves are damaged, you can suffer from paralysis or weakness in your hands, feet, and limbs. Paralysis is a life-altering condition that might require changes to your home and work environments.
- Muscle atrophy — Nerve damage can result in muscle atrophy if the nerve damage prevents you from moving and exercising to keep muscles toned and healthy.
- Pain and burning — Pain and burning are common symptoms of damage to the nerves. However, if these symptoms become severe and long-term, they can substantially impact a person’s ability to perform daily tasks.
- Bowel and bladder problems — Incontinence and constipation can be common conditions for someone who suffers nerve damage.
The above conditions are just a few of the consequences of this type of injury. Nerve damage can result in debilitating conditions like those above preventing an injury victim from returning to work to earn a living or performing daily tasks to care for himself and his family.
How is Nerve Damage Diagnosed?
In many cases, you are referred to a specialist like a neurologist who will perform tests to determine the extent of the damage. However, a family doctor might treat the symptoms of nerve damage without realizing that the condition is much more serious. Therefore, if you have been involved in a traffic accident, let your doctor know that you were in the accident, so he or she can refer to you a specialist for further testing.
Sacramento Personal Injury Attorneys for Traffic Accidents
For a free legal consultation with a Sacramento personal injury attorney, call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or visit our website. Our law firm serves clients in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, El Dorado Hills and other communities in the greater Sacramento area.