Virginia nerve injury attorneys
Helping Virginia victims of paralysis and nerve damage
Nerves are the messaging systems our brain uses to send impulses to the rest of our body. Without nerves, we have no way to control our bodies, and we are unable to feel temperatures, textures, or pain. This is why nerve injuries are so dangerous. Severe nerve damage can leave a person unable to walk or even breathe on their own. After you experience a nerve injury, your life will never be the same.
That’s why, if you have nerve damage as a result of someone else’s negligence, you need to contact GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our firm has served countless Virginians, and our dedication to our clients is why the people of this great Commonwealth choose to rely on our services. If you have questions about your personal injury situation, contact us today at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 and find out how we can help you.
How are nerve injuries caused?
Nerves can be damaged in many ways. In a more minor example, an accidental cut to your hand while preparing dinner could be enough to permanently damage your hand if a nerve was severed.
We have served many clients suffering from nerve injuries due to accidents caused by someone else’s negligence. The ones we see most often are:
- Car crashes
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Burn injuries
Whatever the cause of your nerve injury, you are likely dealing with a lot of pain and heightened emotions. Accidents and injuries caused by someone else can leave us confused and unsure of what steps to take next. If you have been injured, the first thing you need to concentrate on is taking time to heal. However, if you do not have the funds to do that, then you need a skilled Virginia nerve injury lawyer at your side helping you file a claim against the at-fault party.
Our Gloucester personal injury lawyers know that this is a difficult time for you. That’s why you should contact us for a free meeting to find out all your options.
Levels of nerve injuries
Nerve injuries are often classified by their severity, and how intact the nerves are. Even mild cases of nerve damage can take weeks, sometimes months, to fully heal. Severe damage may never heal properly and usually requires surgery.
Neurapraxia: The mildest level of nerve damage, neurapraxia is when the nerve stays intact, and there’s a good chance of the damage healing fully. It can cause a temporary loss in your ability to feel and move the impacted area. Despite being considered the lowest level of damage, it can still take up to 12 weeks for a neurapraxia nerve injury to fully heal.
Axonotmesis: Caused by crush damage and displaced bone fractures, this level of nerve damage can become permanent. Axonotmesis occurs when the nerve cell axon is damaged, but the surrounding connective tissue is still intact. The axon is a threadlike portion of the nerve that sends impulses from the cell body to other cells. In the best-case scenarios, it can still take months to recover, and surgery is usually required.
Neurotmesis: Knife and gunshot wounds are usually the cause of neurotmesis. In this type of nerve damage, the axon and the surrounding tissues have been damaged. Full recovery is unlikely if not impossible, and surgery is almost always required.
Brachial plexus avulsion: An avulsion injury is one in which your nerve root has been torn from your spine. This is a catastrophic injury that can result in permanent loss of feeling in the impacted area, severe pain in the limbs, or even paralysis.
Whatever the level of damage, nerve injuries are often serious, and almost always take several weeks to heal. That’s several weeks during which you may be unable to work, play with your children, or care for your family.
Nerve injuries from car accidents
Car accidents are a common cause of nerve injuries, and several types can cause suffering after you are in a collision. Auto collisions, even when they happen at a slow speed, exert a great deal of force upon the body. We were not built to withstand such high levels of impact. That’s why even a fender bender can end in serious injury.
Blunt-force trauma: When your car collides with another vehicle or object, you are often thrown forward into the wheel, dash, or the seat in front of you. When your body makes that impact, it can compress your nerves and cause damage.
Laceration injuries: Lacerations, or deep cuts, are often caused by shrapnel hitting your body. In serious car accidents, glass and pieces of metal can be sent flying, and they can easily slice through your skin. When that happens, a nerve may also be severed.
Whiplash: Whiplash is probably the most commonly thought of injury in car crashes. The force of the impact, whether a mild fender bender or a serious collision, causes your neck and head to whip side to side or front to back. This sudden motion can stretch or pinch your nerves, and it often results in pain that can take several weeks or months to go away.
The consequences of nerve injuries
Nerve injuries are serious. Even mild ones can leave you recovering for several weeks. They can also be difficult to identify. If your nerve damage was caused by something like blunt force trauma, you may not have clear indicators that you’re injured. Often, nerve injuries present themselves as either constant pain or a lack of feeling and control in the impacted area. If you are experiencing these symptoms, especially after going through some sort of impact trauma, seek a medical opinion as soon as possible.
Because nerve injuries take so long to heal and often require surgery, they usually result in high medical bills. You may be forced to take time off from work to heal; and even after healing, you may not be able to perform your regular duties. Nerve injuries can have a lifelong impact, leaving you unable to enjoy the simple things in life like playing with a child or pet, or going for a stroll outside.
You shouldn’t be left with high debt and a lower quality of life because someone else chose not to act responsibly. When someone hurts another person, whether on purpose or not, they should be held accountable for the pain they caused.
Sound legal assistance after serious trauma
If you have been involved in an accident in Virginia that resulted in nerve damage, you are likely feeling frightened, hopeless, and stressed about your future. We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys understand what you are going through. Contact us at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 to set up a free meeting to find out what you can do. You won’t owe us a cent unless we win your case. Call us today and let us answer your questions.
- Nerves - Merck Manual
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- Neurologic Diseases - MedlinePlus
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