Burlington Nerve Injury Lawyers
Following a car accident, victims often suffer from severe aches, broken bones, and even head trauma. But the most devastating injuries are often microscopic: nerve injuries. These injuries occur when nerves in the body are stretched, severed, or put under pressure in an accident, leading to excruciating pain or a lack of feeling. Sometimes, victims are left disabled because of the damage.
Moving on after a nerve injury can be difficult, often involving high medical bills and extensive costs to your daily life. If you or someone you loved suffered a nerve injury because of someone else’s reckless behavior, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses in a personal injury claim. But going up against a large insurance company can be extremely stressful on your own, which is why you should not hesitate to contact DiBella Law Offices, P.C. Our Burlington nerve injury attorney can review your case to determine if you have a claim in a free consultation. Call us at (781) 262-3338 to learn what options are available to you.
Our bodies are covered in nerve cells that allow us to feel the world around us and move about our lives. When these microscopic cells are damaged, we can lose the ability to feel in the affected area and even control our muscles. In other cases, minor movements can be extremely painful.
During an accident, our nerves can become damaged through:
- Stretching: In a car accident or fall, our nerves can be stretched, damaging the protective structure of the cells. This can make it difficult for the nerves to send and receive information to the brain and spinal column. The common form of this is whiplash, which occurs when the neck is jerked back and forth, weakening the nerves in the neck.
- Pressure: In contrast to stretching, nerves can become “pinched” when too much pressure is applied to the cells. This also damages the protective layer of the nerves and can lead to a tingling sensation in the affected area.
- Lacerations: In the most extreme cases, nerves can become severed in an accident or assault. To effectively treat a severed nerve, surgery may be required to reconnect the nerve and restore total function—although this is not guaranteed.
Because of how extensive our nervous systems are, accident victims can experience nerve damage all across their bodies. The most common areas include the neck, back, and shoulders, which bear the brunt of the trauma in an accident, as well as the arms and legs if they are damaged extensively.
Blunt force trauma and cuts are the most common reasons behind nerve damage, but it will vary depending on the accident. In some cases, the nerves can remain fully intact following a car crash or bad fall. Any pain the victim feels may only be related to a fractured bone or soft tissue damage. However, other accidents can severely impact the nerves, resulting in pain, numbness, or paralysis.
Incidents that can lead to nerve damage include:
- Car accidents, primarily in the neck, back, and shoulders
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents, mainly affecting the arms and legs
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and falls, often leading to pinched nerves
- Dog bites, if the wound becomes infected or if the bite severs a nerve
Often times, these accidents involve an insurance policy in which a victim can file a claim against to recover compensation. However, it is important to clearly outline what damages a victim wishes to pursue in a claim and catalog the overall costs of a nerve injury.
Nerve damage, especially if it involves a disability, can lead to extremely expensive medical bills that have to account for hospitalizations, medication, surgery, and physical therapy as a victim recovers. You may have to work with your physician to develop a complex treatment plan to ensure your injuries heal properly and may even have to work with specialists if you have extensive damage to your nerves.
Paying for these bills can be difficult if you require time off work to recover, which will lead to lost wages and difficulties in maintaining your employment. In some cases, you may suffer from paralysis and risk losing your job because you cannot complete your work as efficiently. It is not uncommon for victims to have to change careers after an accident or even shift fields entirely.
In addition to the monetary costs of your injury, you may also suffer from a large amount of pain and suffering. Nerve injuries are associated with chronic pain, which may last for years after an accident. Stress, anxiety, and mental anguish can all be accounted for in your claim, as they are a direct result of the injuries you sustained. When you work with an experienced law firm, your attorney can include both the economical and personal costs of your nerve injury in your claim.
Pursuing compensation from an at-fault insurance company is stressful in any situation, especially one that involves a nerve injury. Insurance companies are quick to deny claims or place the fault on victims. They may even dismiss that you have a nerve injury entirely or argue that you had a pre-existing condition. However, with the DiBella Law Offices, P.C. at your side, you can rest assured knowing you have a strong legal advocate at your side who can hold insurance companies to their policies.
Our Burlington personal injury lawyers can accurately assess the full extent of your losses and aggressively advocate for the maximum available compensation. With our years of experience investigating and litigating personal injury cases, we can determine the best way to present evidence that proves that you suffered nerve damage and how it has impacted your quality of life. Call our office today at (781) 262-3338 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.