Hitting a Nerve
Every movement you make and every step you take is orchestrated by the incredibly complex system of nerves running through your body. Originating at the brain stem, these nerves determine how we feel our body, how we feel pain, and how we move from moment to moment. Whether because of an injury or a complication from surgery, nerve damage can be devastating because of the fact that nerves are so central to our ability to function.
The two main ways that nerves are usually damaged are from injury or from surgery.
A brain injury more commonly damages the nerves of the face. This might result in symptoms experienced in the eye region or on the whole face. Paralysis, stifled movement, and even double vision may all be indications of nerve damage. Spinal injury can cause nerve damage as well. Severe spinal cord injury can cause complete paralysis below the head, quadriplegia (paralysis of all four limbs), or paraplegia (paralysis of two limbs). More commonly the damage affects one extremity. Common symptoms are numbness, tingling, and weakness. Surgery is sometimes required to relieve the pressure on the nerves to eliminate the symptoms.
Before you have surgery, you most likely signed a consent form. Most people don’t take the time to read through these lengthy documents but should because you may be signing away your right to pursue a case should nerve damage occur as a complication of surgery. Surgery has many risks of course, but nerve damage is particularly notable because it can occur in a variety of ways. For example, people who were positioned incorrectly on the operating table have experienced nerve damage.
What to do when the nerves are damaged
Nerve damage is not only uncomfortable and even painful; it can cause drastic losses in life. From basic loss of function to inability to perform their work, many people have had to alter their employment and their lives because of nerve damage. If you have experienced nerve damage as a result of an injury or a surgery, and especially if it has affected your work and your day-to-day life, you may be entitled to compensation. A lawyer who is well versed in personal injury law can help you determine if you have a case and what steps to take to pursue the compensation you deserve.