Out of all of the non-life-threatening injuries you can suffer, nerve damage can be one of the most debilitating. Damage to your nerves can lead to a huge variety of symptoms, from the relatively mundane to the critical. Regardless of the severity of the symptoms, though, nerve damage is very difficult to reverse, leaving the results a constant part of your life.
If you have been victimized by an accident and suffered nerve damage as a result, you need compensation to make you whole, once again. The personal injury attorneys at the Baltimore law office of Gilman & Bedigian can fight for your rights and interests and ensure everything is done to help your cause.
What is Nerve Damage?
There are three different kinds of nerves in your body:
- Autonomic nerves, which control body functions that happen subconsciously, like your heart rate
- Motor nerves, which facilitate your conscious actions by running electrical signals from your brain and your spinal cord down to your muscles
- Sensory nerves, which send electrical signals from your skin and sensory organs, like your eyes, to your spinal cord and brain
Altogether, these nerves comprise your body's nervous system. Everything you do utilizes at least one of these three types of nerves, making them absolutely essential to your life.
When these nerves get frayed or severed, it can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life. Unfortunately, the medical community recognizes more than 100 different types of nerve damage. Some of these are minor and cause symptoms that do not drastically alter how you live. Others, though, can prevent the signals from your brain passing to your muscles, causing paralysis or even a fatal condition.
Causes of Nerve Damage
Because there are so many types of nerve damage, there are also countless injuries that you can suffer that will have an impact on your nerves. Each one of these situations can cause the head, neck, or back injuries that can damage your nervous system.
- Car accidents. If you get into a car accident and suffer an injury to your head or spinal cord, there is a significant likelihood that the trauma from the crash and your resulting injury will implicate the complex webs of nerves that run through the affected area. Even if you do not think that you have suffered serious injuries to your head, neck, or back, you could still have suffered whiplash to your core, a condition that can also include nerve damage, as well.
- Slip and fall injuries. If you slip or trip and fall to the ground, the impact can jerk your head enough that it impacts your nerves and the signals they send from your brain to your muscles. Injuries like these can also cause traumatic brain injuries that implicate the origins of those signals, as well.
- Medical malpractice. However, perhaps the most common and most severe cause of nerve damage is medical malpractice. Surgeons make mistakes during surgical procedures, and even the tiniest slip can severely damage your nervous system.
In many of these cases, you were the one who suffered in the accident but were not the cause of it. Despite being completely innocent – you were merely in the wrong place at the wrong time – you were the one to get hurt. You deserve compensation for your injuries because you were not the one responsible for them.
Compensation for Nerve Damage
If you suffer nerve damage in any one of these kinds of accidents – or even in a less common scenario – you can recover compensation for your losses by filing a personal injury lawsuit. The compensation you can recover if you are successful in one of these cases will go far beyond just the medical expenses you have had to pay to diagnose and try treating these debilitating symptoms. You can also recover for a variety of other losses that you have incurred in the incident:
- Pain and suffering compensation. Two of the most prominent kinds of losses that you incur when you have nerve damage are for your pain and for your suffering. Nerve damage can be incredibly painful, and you deserve to be compensated for this terrible feeling by the person who ultimately caused it. The amount that you have suffered, though, often far surpasses the physical pain you have had to deal with: Nerve damage often keeps you from doing the things you love doing in life, and this can cause immense amounts of mental anguish and suffering.
- Lost wages and ability to earn a living. While you treat nerve damage, you will likely be held out of work as you move along the road towards recovery. However, nerve damage is often still painful or debilitating or even paralyzing after the recovery process has run its course. While you are undergoing treatment, you will likely be unable to make money at your job because of the time required to overcome your injuries. Once treatment is over, though, you may not be completely recovered. If you still feel the effects of your nerve damage – most people who suffer an injury to their nerves do end up feeling long-term repercussions – it can hamper your ability to return to work at the position you were at, before the injury. This can reduce your earning capacity and lower your income, all because of an accident and injury you were not responsible for.
Because these issues, in addition to your medical expenses and other losses, were not your fault, you deserve compensation to reimburse you for what you have had to pay.
Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers at Gilman & Bedigian
The personal injury attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian know that nerve damage can be one of the most difficult and debilitating injuries that you can suffer in an accident. We strive to help those who have suffered these and other injuries in the Baltimore region and will do all we can to ensure you receive the compensation you need and deserve. Contact us online for the legal help you need.