A Florida car accident victim can suffer from nerve damage or neuropathy but not even know it until days or weeks after the crash. Nerve damage is considered a serious injury because our nerves serve important roles in our body. Nerve damage often lasts longer and requires ongoing medical attention and depending on the severity, it may become debilitating, hindering your ability to work and affecting your overall quality of life. After a car crash, it’s imperative that you seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you don’t feel like you need immediate treatment. Only trained medical professionals can determine the severity of your injuries and the treatment needed.
Common Types of Nerve Damage After a Car Crash
There are several types of nerve damage that can occur when you are involved in Florida car crash, and each one has a different set of symptoms and treatments. The common ways nerves are typically damaged is by pressure, stretching, or the severing of the nerve itself. The most common types of nerve injuries after a car accident include:
Whiplash is the most common injury caused by vehicle accidents. It is caused by the momentum and sudden jerking motion to the head and neck that stretches or pinches the nerves.
Lacerations are deep cuts in the skin. These injuries can sometimes cut so deep that they reach the nerves and sever them in the affected area.
Blunt Force Trauma
When a victim hits their head, legs, arms or another body part on a hard surface, the nerves may become compressed.
After an accident, a ruptured disc can pinch the nerves running down the spine or arm.
Another common injury caused by a crash is a herniated disc which occurs when there is too much pressure on the spine.
Broken or Dislocated Bones
In general, a bone moved out of place may compress or damage any nearby nerves.
Neck Sprain and Strain
Any ligaments or tissues within the neck may be stretched or torn from a car accident.
Common Symptoms of Nerve Damage Caused By a Car Accident
With nerve injuries it’s very common that the victim won’t even notice right away, as adrenaline can mask the pain. Over the next few days, the following symptoms may start to develop:
- Prickling, numbness or tingling sensation
- Weakness or pain in the limbs or muscles
- Full or partial paralysis of the extremities
- Twitching or uncontrollable muscle movements or spasms
- Increased skin sensitivity when in contact with colder or warmer temperature
- Neck pain
- Reduced range of neck motion
- A burning sensation
- Sharp or jabbing sensations
- Sensitivity to being touched
- Loss of coordination
- Bladder and bowel problems
- Limbs falling asleep when compressed
- Difficulty speaking
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should seek medical attention and ask your doctor about the possibility of nerve damage or neuropathy. A medical professional will be able to properly diagnose and treat your nerve damage.
Diagnosing & Treatment for Nerve Damage or Neuropathy
A doctor should run tests to find out the extent of your nerve damage and provide you with the best treatment options. Besides a physical exam and a review of your medical history, your doctor may require you to have a neurological examination, blood tests, imaging tests, nerve function tests, a nerve biopsy or skin biopsy.
Only a medical professional can diagnose what type of nerve damage you have sustained and the treatment that is best for your condition. Depending on the sustained injuries, treatment can include:
- Medication, including over-the-counter pain medications or prescription painkillers, antidepressants or anti-seizure medications for more severe nerve damage.
- Physical therapy.
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.
- Prescribed mobility aides such as walkers, canes, or wheelchairs.
Help from an Experienced Florida Car Accident Attorney
Without question, nerve damage can often result in substantial medical bills not to mention the impact it can have you your daily life and your ability to earn a living. If you have sustained an injury from the negligence of another driver you are entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, expenses related to the accident and your pain and suffering. Attorney Jim Dodson has been successfully settling Florida car accident cases for over 25 years. You can be sure he will put his years of experience to work for you and get the settlement you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, please fill out our online contact form today or give us a call at 727-446-0840. We are here to help.