Nerve damage commonly affects the body’s ability to move, feel, and function. Common examples of nerve damage include:
Nerve injury occurs due to various causes, including physical trauma and diseases such as diabetes or Lyme disease. The most common types of nerve damage include:
In some cases, nerves may compress against bone or another part of the body. This can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the area where the nerve has compressed. The most common example is carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs when a nerve running through the wrist compresses.
A traumatic injury can damage a nerve directly, causing it to swell and press against surrounding tissue. If not treated promptly, this process can continue until the nerve dies completely.
Traumatic nerve injuries can result from car accidents or slip and falls. These injuries range from mild scrapes and bruises to severe head trauma or spinal cord injuries that require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.
Exposure to certain toxins can damage your central and peripheral nervous system. Also, infections can cause inflammation that damages the nerves, leading to neuropathy. In some cases, infections such as Lyme disease can directly affect the immune system, leading to nerve damage.
Doctors sometimes cause nerve damage during surgery or while administering medicine that they should know will result in nerve damage. When this happens, they have committed medical malpractice. A personal injury attorney in Los Angeles can help you sue for damages due to a doctor’s negligence – such as lost wages if the injury prevents you from working.
A defective product can cause nerve damage. Defective products can malfunction because of poor design or faulty manufacturing. If you have suffered an injury due to a defective product, contact an attorney immediately to discuss your legal rights under California Product liability law.
There are several types of defendants that may be liable for nerve damage. These include:
Medical professionals are often responsible for some of the most serious injuries due to their negligence or recklessness. Nurses are trained to handle patients and procedures properly. Doctors know about the risks associated with certain medications before prescribing them. Hospitals also have a responsibility to provide safe working conditions for both patients and employees. All these parties could be liable for a nerve damage injury.
Manufacturing companies are responsible for ensuring that their products are safe when they reach consumers. If you take a medication that causes an injury, you can sue the manufacturer for the defective product.
A negligent driver might have slammed into your vehicle at high speed, causing an accident that leaves you with severe nerve damage. Under such circumstances, the driver is liable for damages resulting from this negligent behavior.
If you’ve suffered a nerve injury at work, your employer’s negligence may be the cause of your injury. While this claim is more commonly associated with workplace injuries, it also applies in other contexts. For example, if an employee was driving on behalf of his or her employer when an automobile accident resulted in a serious nerve injury, the employer would likely be held liable for resulting damages.
If you need future medical treatment or ongoing care because of permanent injuries (such as a spinal cord injury), an attorney can help estimate your future medical costs. One way to prove that you will incur these bills is by providing a treatment plan from your doctor.