What is a nerve injury?
Our bodies are delicate machines, one of the most fragile parts of which is the intricate web of nerves that cover us from head to toe. Our nerves carry commands from our brains to the various parts of our body. Right now, your eyes are receiving commands from your brain that enable you to read this webpage — you are able to read as a result of the work of your nerves. Our nerves also control our senses: we can feel pressure, temperature and pain because our nerves relay these sensations to our brain. When you suffer a nerve injury, your ability to communicate effectively within your own body is damaged.
How do nerves get injured?
Nerve injuries can result from nerves being bruised or crushed under pressure, stretched or even severed. A nerve injury isn’t always permanent. For example, a bruised nerve may leave you with loss of muscle control and numbness for a few days while it heals. But if a nerve is completely severed, it will not be able to recover without medical intervention.
The types of incidents that can result in damage are incredibly varied. A nerve injury could be instant in the event of a serious trauma or a result of many years of misuse, such as an injury from repetitive actions such as the over-use of vibration hand tools. Some cases of compression nerve injuries can be very treatable, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
What are the symptoms of a nerve injury?
If you are suffering from any combination of the following symptoms, your doctor may consider nerve injury as a potential cause:
- Loss of feeling and sensation, or a change in sensation;
- Weakening muscles, inability to grip or hold small objects; and
- Pain or an unpleasant sensation, particularly a sensitivity to cold.
If these symptoms follow an accident of trauma to the affected area, then you may be entitled to claim compensation for the impact of the injuries.Open Claim Calculator
What are the signs of a nerve injury?
Your doctor is likely to look at your symptoms in conjunction with a number of tests to establish the extent of your injury. Some of these tests might include:
- Testing a range of sensations in the affected area to measure loss of feeling;
- Testing dryness of skin, as some injuries can interfere with the ability to sweat; and
- Muscle strength testing to see if you are suffering from muscle weakness.
Can I claim compensation for my injury?
If you believe that your nerve injury is a direct result of an accident or work-related injury caused by someone else, you should consider claiming. The range of causes of nerve injuries are so wide that you will need advice on your specific case, but Accident Advice Helpline will be happy to advise you on a no-obligation basis.
Simply give us a call on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and see if we can help you. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.