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An auto accident can give you lasting nerve damage

If you are a typical New Jersey resident who makes daily drives to work, on errands, taking the kids to school and all the other trips you make, you know that New Jersey roads and streets can be dangerous places, especially in the winter. Vehicle crashes happen all too frequently. What you may not know, however, is that if you are unfortunate enough to be involved in one of these accidents, you could suffer lasting nerve damage.

Your body contains three types of nerves. Motor nerves control your voluntary movements. Sensory nerves control your five senses and also your ability to feel pain. Autonomic nerves control your involuntary functions, such as breathing, pumping blood, digesting food and regulating your internal temperature. Obviously your nervous system is extremely important, and the over 100 types of nerve damage you could sustain to your head, neck, shoulders, limbs, chest, abdomen and back in a vehicle crash could permanently change your life.

Nerve damage symptoms

Depending on which nerves you injure during your accident, your nerve damage symptoms could include one or more of the following:

  • Severe pain
  • Generalized weakness
  • Numbness, prickling, tingling
  • Headache, dizziness, loss of coordination
  • Blurred vision and tinnitus
  • Paralysis

You also could suffer from incontinence and/or sexual dysfunction. While some symptoms may appear immediately after your injury, others could take days or weeks to develop. That is why you should see your doctor or other health care provider as soon as possible after your accident. Only (s)he knows what things to look for and what tests to run.

You likewise should consider consulting a knowledgeable, experienced personal injury attorney after your accident. (S)he can evaluate your situation and help you decide whether or not to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person(s) who caused the accident. Be sure to do this before you give a statement to any insurance company and before you sign any waivers or accept any settlement offers.

Nerve damage prognosis

If you sustain reasonably limited nerve damage, you undoubtedly will experience pain, possibly severe, for which your health care provider may need to prescribe pain relievers and other drugs. You also may need to undergo physical and/or occupational therapy before you can return to work.

If you sustain more severe nerve damage, however, you could require surgery. Be aware that despite the best medical care and post-surgery rehabilitation available, you could have a permanent disability that prevents you from working, not only at your current job, but at any job at all. The treatment you receive for your nerve damage will depend on the type of injury you sustained, its location in your body and its severity. You may never fully recover from your auto accident, and you could experience a dramatic decrease in your quality of life.

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