Accidents or medical errors leading to nerve damage are some of the most painful injuries a person can sustain. In addition to the possibility of uncomfortable sensations and chronic pain, nerve injuries pose the risk of temporary and permanent disabilities that can alter the course of someone’s life forever.
Proving cases of nerve damage can be difficult, but our experienced team of attorneys is up for the challenge. The law firm of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP has been representing victims of nerve injuries for over 35 years. If you have been wrongfully injured, we will fiercely advocate for your right to fair compensation and fight for all damages sustained during this difficult time.
What Are Nerve Injuries?
Nerve injuries are incredibly complex.
When someone sustains a nerve injury, three types of nerves can be affected:
- Autonomic nerves: Control involuntary or partially voluntary activities such as blood pressure and heart rate
- Sensory nerves: Control your ability to feel pain and sensations
- Motor nerves: Control movements and the flow of information from the brain, spinal cord, and muscles
Nerve injuries are classified in three groups, depending on the extent of the injury and prognosis for recovery:
- Neurapraxia (Class I): Neurapraxia injuries are considered to be the mildest form of nerve injuries. Victims of neurapraxia could experience sensory and motor problems and face weeks of recovery, depending on the damage.
- Axonotmesis (Class II): Axonotmesis injuries result in sensory and motor deficits that can lead to a permanent loss over time. This type of injury is typically caused by the nerve being crushed or stretched. Victims with dislocated joints or fractures can experience this type of nerve injury. Surgery may be required to restore feeling to the area where the nerve was damaged, with recovery taking six months to a year.
- Neurotmesis (Class III): This is the most severe type of nerve injury, with the worst possible outcome for recovery. Victims of neurotmesis injuries experience severe pain, uncomfortable sensations, or complete loss of feeling. Neurotmesis is caused most frequently by trauma from an accident or deep lacerations. Even after surgery, victims of these injuries most often never regain full function of the nerve.
Every nerve injury has the possibility for racking up costly medical bills, including the possibility of a loss in wages due to days missed from work during recovery.
At Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP, we understand the overwhelming financial burden a nerve injury can take on an individual. Our New York nerve injury lawyers take all current and future expenses into account when compiling your case to maximize the earnings you are eligible for and help support your continued recovery.
Common Causes of Nerve Damage
The most common causes of nerve injuries include catastrophic accidents such as:
Every Nerve Injury Is Unique
No two nerve injuries are alike.
Victims of nerve injuries can experience a range of pain and sensations, including:
- Chronic pain
- Bladder dysfunction
What most victims of nerve injuries have in common is the excruciating pain often affiliated with the diagnosis. Chronic pain from nerve damage can be disabling for an individual, leading to a lifetime of pain management and an overall reduced quality of life.
When it comes to nerve injuries, we don’t take the claim of pain and suffering lightly. Working with the top medical professionals in the industry, our knowledgeable team creates a clear picture of how severely your life has been affected by your nerve injury.
Our team understands that these types of cases can be tricky, and we take the time necessary to gather all required evidence and ensure that your best interests are adequately represented.
Ways That Medical Malpractice Can Cause Nerve Damage
One of the most common causes of nerve damage due to medical malpractice is surgical errors. During a surgery, nerves can be damaged if the surgeon makes an incision in the wrong place or if they fail to properly identify and protect all of the nerves in the area. If a nerve is cut or stretched during a procedure, it can lead to permanent nerve damage and long-term pain and disability.
Another way that medical malpractice can cause nerve damage is through misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. If a patient’s condition is not properly diagnosed, they may not receive the treatment they need in time to prevent permanent nerve damage. For example, if a patient with diabetes does not receive proper treatment for their condition, it can lead to diabetic neuropathy, which is a type of nerve damage caused by high blood sugar levels over time.
Medication errors are another common cause of medical malpractice-related nerve damage. Medications used to treat certain conditions can have serious side effects that can lead to permanent nerve damage if not monitored closely by a healthcare professional. For example, some chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer can cause peripheral neuropathy, which is a type of nerve damage caused by toxic levels of medication in the body over time.
Anesthesia errors are one of the leading causes of medical malpractice-related nerve damage. Anesthesia medications are powerful drugs that must be administered carefully in order to avoid damaging delicate nerves near the site where the medication was injected or inhaled. If an anesthesia error occurs during surgery, it can lead to permanent nerve damage and chronic pain and disability for the patient.
We Will Fight for Your Injury
When someone sustains a nerve injury, the physical consequences are not the only challenges faced. The pain from a devastating injury or the loss of physical movement and feeling can be emotionally and mentally difficult to bear. Victims of nerve injuries can experience a strain in relationships, loss of work, isolation, and an increased risk of mental health issues that no one should have to endure alone.
Let our team provide the support and care you deserve during your time of need after a nerve injury.
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