Injuries to the head, neck, arms, hands, legs and feet are especially prone to causing nerve damage due to their proximity to the central nervous system. If you have been injured in an accident that caused severe nerve damage, you need to seek medical attention immediately.
The sooner you begin treatment, the better your chance of minimizing permanent damage. In some cases where severe nerve damage has occurred, surgery may be necessary to repair damaged nerves. In other cases, physical therapy may be combined with medications to alleviate pain and improve mobility.
Fortunately, if you or your loved one has suffered severe nerve damage due to an accident or medical malpractice, a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Common Examples of Nerve Damage
Nerve damage commonly affects the body’s ability to move, feel, and function. Common examples of nerve damage include:
- Radial nerve injury: Your radial nerve is one of the primary nerves that supply sensation to your wrist and fingers. Damage to this nerve results in loss of feeling or weakness in your hand. This can make it difficult to grasp small objects, use tools, and perform other tasks.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: This occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed at the wrist, causing pain, numbness, and tingling in the hands and fingers. This condition is often related to repetitive motions such as typing or using machinery, but it can also result from trauma or arthritis.
- Ulnar wrist entrapment: This can occur when the ulnar nerve becomes pinched at the elbow by surrounding soft tissue or bone spurs from arthritis or other conditions. You feel numbness or tingling in your ring and pinky fingers when this happens.
- Peripheral neuropathy: This condition involves the damage or death of sensory or motor nerves. Peripheral neuropathy can result in numbness, tingling sensations, and loss of normal reflexes.
- Central nervous system disorders: These disorders are caused by brain or spinal cord abnormalities that result in problems with movement and sensation or seizures.
- Cervical radiculopathy: This condition occurs when there is irritation or compression of one or more cervical nerve roots at their point of exit from the spinal cord (cervical radicle). Cervical radiculopathy can cause weakness, numbness, and pain in parts of the body below your neck.
- Bicycler’s neuropathy: Bicyclists can easily injure their brachial plexus (a group of nerves that run from your neck down both arms) by straining their neck or upper back while riding. This can cause compression of one or more nerves in your arms, resulting in numbness and tingling in your fingers and hands.
Situations in Which Nerve Damages Occur
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.
Traumatic Nerve Injury
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.
Nerve damage caused by an injury at work is often due to repetitive motion or the use of vibrating tools such as jackhammers. Nerve damage from workplace accidents can also be caused by falls from ladders or scaffolding or from being struck by tools, equipment, or falling objects. An employer may be responsible for your injury if you were hurt on the job and it was not your fault – you may recover damages under workers’ compensation.
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.
Possible Liabilities in Nerve Damage Cases
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.
The California owner’s duty of care statute requires property owners to make their properties safe for the occupants. Property owners may be liable for nerve damage caused by unsafe conditions on their property — such as slippery floors or dangerous equipment.
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.
One thing that makes nerve damage cases different from other personal injury claims is their complexity. Nerve damage cases require extensive medical records and expert testimony from doctors and other medical professionals to prove liability. However, a Los Angeles nerve damage lawyer can help you prove liability and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
Firstly, medical records provide valuable insight into the potential causes of your injury. If you have copies of your medical records, bring them with you to every appointment to review with your doctor. If you’ve had surgery, a lawyer will want to know whether there were complications after surgery that may have contributed to your current condition.
Police reports will also help prove liability in a nerve damage case. In addition, if there were any photographs taken at the incident, these can also help prove negligence against another party.
When Can I file a Nerve Injury Claim?
The time limits for filing a claim for a nerve injury vary depending on the type of case you file. In the California statute of limitations:
- Nursing home abuse should be filed within two years from the date of injury/discovery
- Product liability cases should be filed within two years from the date of the incident/discovery (CCP § 335.1)
- Medical malpractice (CIV § 340.5) cases allow the victim three years from the date of the incident and one year from the date the error happened.
Failure to file within the statute of limitations makes your claim invalid, which will make you miss out on compensation for your nerve damage injury.
What Can Our Law Firm Do?
When injured in an accident, it is your right to seek legal action against the negligent party. Every person has a different case, and every situation is unique. Our lawyers will work closely with you to let you understand your rights under California Personal Injury Law. We will help you with every aspect of your case, from filing the initial paperwork to negotiating with insurance companies.
Your lawyer will review all documentation related to your case, including medical records and police reports. This information is vital in building a strong claim against the negligent parties. Our goal is to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injury so that you can focus on getting better.
Contact a Los Angeles Nerve Damage Injury Attorney
If you or your loved one suffered nerve damage due to someone else’s negligence, we can help. Our lawyers at KJT Law Group will work with you to determine the validity of your case and build a case against the responsible party. We will fight for the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on healing.
Call us now at (818) 507-8525 for a free case evaluation form.