Nerve Damage

More than 2.24 million motor vehicle collision related injuries occur in the United States each year, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

While a number of factors come into play in an auto accident, the force and position of the impact is often a determinant of the amount of injuries suffered. Nerve damage is one of the most common types of injuries suffered by accident victims in Georgia.

There are more than 100 different kinds of specific nerve damage, requiring a variety of treatment plans and surgeries to regain functionality of whatever region of the body was injured. Every part of the body is subject to nerve damage. In terms of motor vehicle accident nerve damage, accident victims commonly suffer damage to the nerves supporting the legs, face, arms, shoulders, hands, and a number of additional important bodily functions. Nerve damage information is essential to those involved in a traffic crash, as it is critical to receive medical attention immediately following a crash.


Nerve Damage Causes

Any type of vehicle collision, even a minor impact, may lead to some form of nerve damage in the accident victim. A number of different traumas may cause nerve damage. As such, all Georgia motorists are placed at risk when they get behind the wheel of their vehicle. Some of the most common traffic crash injuries that may lead to nerve damage include the following:

  • Broken Glass Injuries
  • Dental Injuries
  • Brain Damage
  • Loss of Limb
  • Burn Injuries
  • Skull Fractures
  • Broken Bones
  • Concussion
  • Internal Injuries
  • Dislocated Joints
  • Whiplash
  • Head Injuries
  • Facial Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Damage
  • Rib and Torso Injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Neck and Back Injuries

The type of accident that occurs will often indicate the severity of the injuries suffered. For instance, a multi-vehicle rollover accident is commonly associated with much more serious injuries when compared to a rear-end collision. However, any type of traffic crash can lead to nerve damage. Unfortunately, these damages will leave the accident victim overwhelmed with medical expenses, dealing with insurance companies, and many additional stresses.


Symptoms of Nerve Damage

The severity of nerve damage ranges significantly in accident victims, in terms of both pain felt and actual damages. Some of the nerve damages suffered will inflict minor, temporary health issues while others will inflict severe, life-long damages. Due to the wide range of severity associated with nerve injuries, it is essential for all accident victims to seek medical care immediately following a collision.

The nerves throughout the body play an incredibly important role in almost every function of the body. Both voluntary and involuntary movements are controlled by the nervous system, as the electric signals sent throughout the body are regulated by the nerves. Differentiating between pains and aches linked to nerve damage in an accident can be difficult.

The following are the most common symptoms of nerve damage:

  • Unable to sweat
  • Constipation
  • Weakness
  • Dry mouth and/or eyes
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Paralysis
  • Pain
  • Lack of bladder control
  • Heavy sweating
  • Spasms
  • Twitching
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sensitivity
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Positional awareness problems

These symptoms are linked to motor nerve damage, sensory nerve damage, and autonomic nerve damage. Accident victims will typically suffer nerve damage in one of the three categories. As such, it is essential to seek medical care as soon as possible following any type of auto crash. Some symptoms will appear days after the accident, highlighting the importance of discussing your health with a doctor right away.