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Nerve damage can lead to significant pain and discomfort for the sufferer, and in some severe cases even physical disability.
For those affected by nerve damage it can be difficult to function as normal and return to your previous lifestyle and employment, and treatment can be a long and frustrating process.
If the damage to your nerves was caused due to the negligence of a third party, such as medical negligence, then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
A successful compensation claim can help you with the recovery and rehabilitation process, as well as ensuring you do not suffer any financial losses as a result of your injury. However, bringing a claim against a medical professional or hospital can be a daunting prospect.
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What are the affects of nerve damage?
The central nervous system comprises of the brain and spinal cord, and then extends to the more peripheral system around the body which is responsible for muscle control, pain, touch and automatic bodily functions such as blodd pressure.
If any of the nerves in the system become damaged the effects can be very severe, and can even lead to paralysis. Even if damage is limited to just the peripheral nerves the result can be significant physical suffering and a dramatic change to the patients lifestyle.
Common symptoms suffered by people who have peripheral nerve damage can include:
- Numbness and tingling in the feet or hands
- Burning, stabbing or shooting pain in affected areas
- Loss of balance and co-ordination
- Muscle weakness, especially in the feet
In general, nerve damage tends to affect the extremities of the body first e.g. hands, feet, arms and legs. The pain and strange sensations (pins and needles, numbness, weakness etc…) can fluctuate or they can be constant.
Can I make a claim for nerve damage?
If your injury was caused by the negligence of a third party, then you could be entitled to make a compensation claim.
Nerve damage can happen in a variety of ways, from medical negligence (surgical errors etc…) as well as from impact trauma caused by road traffic accidents, slips and falls etc…
Perhaps the most common cause of nerve damage occurs during medical procedures, and of these the highest number are those that involve surgery.
All surgical procedures carry a certain level of risk, and causes of nerve damage from surgery include:
- Scalpel incisions
- Prolonged exposure to other surgical equipment
- Bruising of the nerve
- Prolonged stretching or compression of tissue surrounding the nerve
- Incorrect positioning of the patient
Other medical procedures that can lead to nerve damage include:
- Child birth
- Taking blood
- Administering injections including local anaesthesia or anti-blood clotting medications
How much compensation can you get for nerve damage?
The compensation payout you may be entitled to will depend on the type of injury you have suffered and how serious it is.
The settlements awarded by the Court will take into account the pain and suffering caused by your injury, as well as how the injury has affected your day to day life (loss of amenity), loss of future earnings, medical and rehabilitation costs and so on.
The minimum and maximum payout amounts for injuries are recommended in the Judicial College guidelines, and are used by solicitors and insurers when making settlement offers.
Because the actual settlement amount depends on a number of factors, it is not possible for us to provide an accurate estimate of how much your claim could be worth without knowing your individual circumstances.
To learn more about how we can help you progress a nerve damage claim on a No Win No Fee basis, get in touch with our team today…
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