Our bodies are constantly sending and receiving messages. It’s how we, speak, eat, walk, and do just about everything. We hardly ever give this system any thought—it simply works effortlessly.
After a car crash, however, the body may experience difficulty even with routine tasks due to injury. Neuropathy, or nerve damage, affects the normal activity of the nerves and can leave accident victims with serious, life-changing injuries.
Car Accident-Related Nerve Damage: What It Is and How It Happens
Nerve damage occurs when the nerves are torn, stretched, or compressed due to the force of the accident. This can affect a wide range of body functions, depending on the type of nerve that was injured. The nervous system is made up of three types of nerves, each with its own specific role:
- Sensory nerves. Sensory nerves carry messages related to the senses. They will alert you that a stovetop is hot, for example. Symptoms of sensory nerve damage include tingling, numbness, burning, and changes in sensation.
- Motor nerves. Motor nerves send messages from the brain to muscles, sending signals to make the body move. Motor nerve signals carry us where we want to go or direct us away from that hot stove. Common symptoms of motor nerve injury include muscle weakness, spasms, loss of muscle control, and the inability to move.
- Autonomic nerves. Autonomic nerves control involuntary body functions, such as breathing, digestion, blood pressure, and heartbeat. Symptoms of damage to autonomic nerves include dizziness, nausea, unintentional weight loss, reduced sweating, and abnormal blood pressure or heart rate.
Nerve damage can manifest in many ways, and it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible after an accident for a complete examination.
Treating Nerve Injuries After an Alaska Car Accident
Treatment for nerve injuries depends on the specific nerves involved and the nature of the injury. In many cases, nerve damage cannot be cured, and medical interventions aim to manage pain or other symptoms so the injury victim can live a full life. Common treatments include:
- Physical therapy.
- Occupational therapy.
- Mechanical aids.
- Diet control.
Many of these treatment options are ongoing, and an injury victim could need to continue with care for months or even years.
Obtain Fair Compensation to Address Nerve Damage Injuries
This medical care can be expensive, and accident victims and their families may already be experiencing financial stress due to missed work and lost wages. In Alaska, it is possible to hold the responsible party accountable with a personal injury claim. Accident victims can obtain compensation for:
- Medical bills.
- Lost wages,
- Future medical bills,
- Pain and suffering,
At the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, experienced personal injury attorney Ben Crittenden provides personal, effective representation for car accident victims. Dedicated to getting to know your story and working hard to obtain the compensation you need to move forward, Ben has helped many victims not only get the award they deserve but also protect that compensation from the insurance company, hospitals, and others who may seek to take more than their fair share.
If you or someone you love has suffered nerve damage in a car accident, they may face many serious health challenges. Call attorney Ben Crittenden today to learn how he may be able to help and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.