What Should I Do If I Have Nerve Damage After a Bike Accident?

bone xray/ MRI showing nerve damage which can happen after an accident or serious injury

No matter if you’ve been in a car crash, slip and fall and especially if you’ve been in a bike accident– fewer injuries are as challenging as nerve damage. Often nerve damage will happen in conjunction with other injuries which makes it complicated to treat. Often broken bones, severed limbs, or severe burns result in lifelong radiating pain or numbness at the point of injury. It is also possible that the damage can trigger peripheral neuropathy.

Due to the fact that nerve damage can force you to leave your job, claim disability and drastically alter your lifestyle- you can file a personal injury lawsuit with the help of a seasoned bicycle accident attorney.

Information About Nerve Damage Injuries

Here are symptoms you could experience due to a Nerve Damage Injury:

  • Pain and Burning: One of the most common side effects of nerve damage is pain and a sense of burning in the area around the damaged nerves.
  • Dry Eyes & Mouth: Tear ducts and salivary glands can be impacted by nerve damage leading to issues like dry eye and mouth.
  • Muscle Atrophy: If nerve damage has caused a loss of mobility it can lead to the weakening of muscles.
  • Bowel and Bladder Problems: constipation or incontinence can be triggered by nerve damage to the spine or abdomen.
  • Weakness and Paralysis: Depending the severity of the damage and the location- you can become paralyzed by nerve damage.

With symptoms ranging between dry eye and paralysis, you will need a lawyer to help you calculate how much help you will need to live the closest quality of life that you had prior to the injury.
Diagnosing a Nerve Damage

After a bike accident you may treat more debilitating injuries first such as a broken bone, or concussion. As time passes and as you heal from the first injury you may notice the nerve damage as it’s own separate injury. Many say that they did not notice their pain felt different and that it was something else. A neurologist will usually recommend common, noninvasive neurological evaluations such as electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) testing to diagnose nerve damage after a bike accident.

doctor holding a clipboard sharing the recovery plan with client after an injury from an accident

Can a Car Crash Lawyer Help?

bike on ground from injuries after a bike accident

If you were following the law, and another person was not- you can make a claim for compensation. Just because someone did not intend to run into you while riding a bike, they are still responsible for the consequences. Many times you’re not actually suing the other driver- it’s often the insurance company that your fighting against. Sadly, it is often your own insurance company that is fighting your claim. They are probably telling you that your injuries don’t warrant very much money. Insurance companies often minimize, delay, and deny claims so they can earn interest on your money as long as possible. You may think you can fight the insurance company alone, but remember this is the work they do every. single. day.Because nerve damage can affect you for the rest of your life, you may want to speak to a lawyer before accepting any settlement from the insurance company. They may try to settle for the bills you’ve accrued up until today. However, they won’t project and cover what you may need into the future. You’ll want a lawyer that knows the laws in your state, and the type of injury you were involved in. It’s important that you don’t choose a general practice lawyer, but one experienced in personal injury and bicycle crashes.

Can I Sue For Nerve Damage?

If you have been involved in a bike crash, you have to prove that you suffered an injury and be able to provide medical records. In cases where you suffered nerve damage after a bicycle accident, your medical treatment for those injuries will be scrutinized carefully. Therefore we’ll have to demonstrate:

  • The severity of the injury – Whether you had temporary numbness or long-term effects such as loss of coordination or mobility.
  • The extent of treatment– Chances are if you suffered never damage in addition to the preliminary ER visit you probably saw a neurosurgeon or other specialist.
  • Recovery outcome – One of the factors in determining the severity of the injury is the potential for a positive outcome. Some injuries may heal in a few weeks while others will cause long-term residual problems.

Let’s face it, insurance companies want to know exactly what the cause of the accident was and the extent of the injuries of people with nerve damage. Get a lawyer on your side that is experienced in fighting against insurance companies, call Drew Palcsik today.