Head injuries are a common outcome of car accidents.
Even a minor car accident can jerk you enough to cause neurological damage that is serious enough to cause debilitating effects. There are various types of neurological issues that can occur when you are involved in a car accident. There are three basic ways nerves can get damaged in an accident: by stretching, pressure, or severing of the nerve itself. According to Chicago car accident lawyer, car accidents can lead to neurological damage by:
Whiplash: a severe jerking motion of the neck and head can cause the nerves in the area to be pinched or to stretch
Lacerations: Any deep cuts on the skin can cause nerves in the area to get damaged.
Blunt force trauma: If you hit your arms, legs or head on a hard surface inside or outside the vehicle, it can compress the nerves
Treatment for nerve damage may include surgery, medication and physical therapy depending on the type of nerve damage you have suffered. Some common symptoms of nerve damage include:
- Partial or complete paralysis of limbs or appendages
- Muscle pain and weakness
- Uncontrolled movements of muscles or twitching
- Tingling or numbness
- Prickling sensation
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperature
Apart from the conditions mentioned above, there are two specific neurological conditions that can occur after a car accident. These include:
This can result from car accident-related trauma. Nerve damage or neuropathy occurs when physical trauma causes nerves to be partially or fully severed, compressed, crushed or stretched. Broken bones can also put damaging pressure on nerves and slipped disks can compress nerve fibers too. Neuropathy refers to the problem with peripheral nerves and not the central nervous system.
This condition occurs due to irritation or compression of a nerve as it exits the spinal column. Radiculopathy is not an exact condition, but rather a description of a general issue in which one or more nerves do not work properly. It can cause symptoms such as numbness, tingling, pain and weakness along the nerve. Some common types of radiculopathies are lumbar radiculopathy (in lower back), cervical radiculopathy (in the neck) and thoracic radiculopathy (in the spine). Thoracic radiculopathy, while less common is the most debilitating of all.
Radiculopathy usually occurs as a result of activities that put repetitive or excessive load on the spine. However, acute trauma from a car accident can also cause damage to the discs, ligaments, muscle and nerve traveling throughout the spine right from the neck to the lower back.
Seeking compensation for nerve damage after a car accident
If you have suffered some kind of nerve damage after a car accident, it is likely that you experiencing debilitating symptoms and that you need extensive treatment. If the accident was a result of another person’s negligence, contact a competent Chicago car accident lawyer to get help with your claim.