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    Have you suffered nerve damage in a motor vehicle crash or another accident in South Carolina? Nerve injuries can lead to life-altering impairments, unforeseen medical expenses, and lost income. You may suffer permanent disabilities that prevent you from earning a living or participating in activities you enjoy. While no amount of money could make up for the harm you have suffered, compensation from a nerve damage settlement can cover your medical expenses and help you live your life to its fullest.

    Since opening our doors in 1968, the attorneys at Joye Law Firm have helped injury victims overcome some of the most difficult challenges in their lives. Joye Law Firm’s is consistently listed in U.S. News & World Reports’ Best Law Firms, and multiple attorneys are listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of personal injury – plaintiffs and worker’s compensation.

    Our attorneys have handled many personal injury cases involving nerve damage. We can understand what compensation you may seek as part of a settlement. Keep reading to learn more. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation about your case.

    What Are Nerve Damage Injuries?

    Nerve cells perform a wide range of functions in the body, including controlling the muscles, regulating bodily functions, and providing sensations of heat, cold, touch, or pain. Nerve damage injuries occur when nerve cells or nerve bundles are compressed, pinched, or stretched. This trauma prevents the transmission of nerve signals to and from the brain.

    There are three basic types of nerves:

    • Autonomic nerves – These cells control the involuntary or partially voluntary bodily functions like body temperature, respiration, heart rate, and blood pressure
    • Motor nerves – These relay signals from your brain and spinal cord to the muscles in your body
    • Sensory nerves – These cells communicate pain and sensations from your skin, muscles, and other tissues to your brain

    Degrees of Nerve Damage Injuries

    Nerve damage injuries are often classified by the severity of the injury. The degrees of nerve damage injury include the following:

    • Neurapraxia – The least severe type of nerve injury, neurapraxia occurs when the structure of the nerve remains intact, allowing for a full recovery.
    • Axonotmesis – Axonotmesis is a more severe type of nerve injury involving damage to the nerve structure, resulting in long-term or permanent loss of sensations or motor functions controlled by those nerves.
    • Neurotmesis – The most severe degree of nerve injury is neurotmesis, in which the nerve is completely severed, resulting in permanent, irreversible loss of sensation or motor function.

    Accidents That Cause Nerve Damage

    Various types of accidents can lead to nerve damage or nerve injury. The most common accidents that cause these injuries include:

    • Motor vehicle accidents such as car crashes, truck crashes, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle or pedestrian accidents
    • Boating and maritime accidents
    • Aviation accidents
    • Construction accidents
    • Industrial and manufacturing accidents
    • Workplace accidents
    • Nursing home abuse
    • Medical malpractice, especially surgical errors
    • Defective medical devices

    These accidents can lead to nerve damage in many ways, such as through the following injuries or circumstances:

    • Whiplash in motor vehicle accidents can cause a sudden jerking movement of the head, which can strain and damage nerves in the head and neck
    • Lacerations from vehicle crashes or workplace accidents can damage or sever nerves
    • Blunt force trauma from crashes can crush, pinch, or shear nerves throughout the body
    • Falls that cause crushed vertebrae and damage the spinal cord

    What Is the Value of Nerve Damage in a Car Accident Settlement?

    The value of a settlement for nerve damage-related losses sustained in a crash will depend on multiple factors, including:

    The severity of your injuries
    The severity of the nerve damage will affect the value of your settlement. More severe nerve damage will typically have a longer-lasting impact on your quality of life. You will need to consider factors such as the pain you experience, whether medical care will effectively treat nerve damage and its symptoms, and how your injury affects your personal and professional life.
    Ongoing and future medical costs
    A settlement should provide you with compensation for the medical expenses you have incurred due to your injuries and the expenses you are likely to incur in the future. Your healthcare providers can give you a prognosis for your nerve injury that will tell you what future medical treatment and healthcare you will need and whether you will have any permanent disability or impairment due to your injury.
    The pain and suffering you have endured and will endure
    Putting a value on the physical and emotional pain and suffering you experience due to nerve damage requires the help of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. A nerve damage settlement may have a higher value if you experience permanent impairments that interfere with your life and cause you emotional or mental distress.
    Liability for the car accident
    You might be able to negotiate a larger settlement if the other driver accepts liability for the car accident or if the evidence clearly shows the other driver’s fault for the crash. The other driver and their insurance company may want to avoid the expense of a trial if the driver is likely to be found liable by a jury. The value of a settlement can decrease if liability is not clear-cut, which is why working with an experienced attorney is crucial.
    The amount of available insurance coverage
    The amount of applicable insurance coverage will also affect the value of a settlement. At-fault drivers usually compensate injured car accident victims through their auto liability insurance. However, the insurance company will only pay up to the policy limits purchased by the driver. You may need to pursue additional policies such as your own UM or UIM policy if the at-fault driver’s coverage is insufficient to fully compensate you for your nerve injuries.

    Symptoms of Nerve Damage

    Depending on the types of nerves involved, nerve damage or injury can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including:

    • Muscle spasms
    • Muscle twitching
    • Acute pain
    • Weakness
    • Burning sensations
    • Tingling sensations
    • Numbness or loss of sensation
    • Hypersensitivity to heat, cold, or touch
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Heavy sweating or inability to sweat
    • Dry mouth or dry eyes
    • Lack of bladder or bowel control
    • Lightheadedness
    • Muscle atrophy
    • Lack of positional awareness
    • Paralysis
    • Loss of sexual function or sensitivity

    Types of Compensation You Can Recover for Nerve Damage

    You may be entitled to compensation for nerve damage that you suffered in a car crash or another type of accident. As part of a nerve damage settlement, you may seek compensation for the following financial and personal losses:

    • Costs of medical treatment, including emergency care, diagnostic testing, medication, surgeries, hospitalization, medical or mobility devices, doctor’s appointments, or physical therapy
    • In-home care expenses if you suffer permanent paralysis or disability from nerve damage
    • Lost wages if you miss work while treating your nerve damage injuries
    • Loss of future earning capacity if you cannot work due to nerve damage or resulting paralysis
    • Physical pain and suffering
    • Emotional or mental anguish
    • Disability, disfigurement, or scarring
    • Loss of enjoyment and quality of life

    Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer If You’ve Suffered Nerve Damage?

    A personal injury lawyer can help you pursue the compensation you need after suffering nerve damage in an accident. While you focus on your medical treatment and rehabilitation, a lawyer can pursue an insurance settlement on your behalf. Some of the ways that an attorney can help you in your case include:

    • Gathering evidence from the accident
    • Determining which parties can be held responsible for your injuries and other losses
    • Working with medical specialists to determine the extent of your nerve damage injuries
    • Calculating your ongoing and future expenses
    • Communicating with medical providers and insurance companies on your behalf
    • Preparing and filing the necessary paperwork for your claim or lawsuit
    • Pursuing maximum compensation for you

    Contact a South Carolina Nerve Injury Lawyer Today

    If you have sustained nerve damage in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses. At Joye Law Firm, we believe you should not have to bear the financial burden of an injury that was someone else’s fault. We want to help you demand the money you need to cover the costs of your medical bills and the other losses you have sustained through no fault of your own. Contact our nerve injury lawyers today to get started with a free case review.

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