Nerve damage after a motorcycle accident can happen

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

It does not matter how you were injured: a car crash, if you slipped and fell on a slippery floor or many other numerous ways you can be harmed in an accident– nerve damage is a common and challenging injury. Some people’s nerve damage can progress into peripheral neuropathy.  

Nerve damage after a motorcycle accident can be a lifelong injury that requires you to use crutches or other walking assistance. You may see some improvement but it is unlikely that nerve damage victims will make a 100% recovery. Often it is best to have an attorney represent you if you have a lifelong injury. An attorney can help you calculate the lifelong cost of treatment, therapy, and prescription medication. You can ask for compensation for lifelong injuries as part of your personal injury lawsuit. 

Nerve damage injury information

Like we stated earlier, it is unlikely that nerve damage will 100% heal. Some of the symptoms of nerve damage are the loss of sensation or shooting pains in the area of the damage. It is common that nerve damage happens in conjunction of other injuries like broken bones, severe burns, or severed limbs.  

Here are some of the other side effects a person with nerve damage could experience:

  • Muscle Atrophy: It is difficult for many people to maintain muscle mass when they have trouble using their limbs. 
  • Bowel and Bladder Problems: if the damage is in the spine or abdomen, it is possible to suffer constipation or incontinence.
  • Dry Eyes & Mouth: The glands and tear ducts of the face can be impacted by damaged nerves and cause eye and mouth problems 
  • 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. 
  • Weakness and Paralysis: When nerves are significantly damaged it can lead to weakness or paralysis to the area surrounding the nerve damage.

How to diagnose nerve damage

After you’ve been in a motorcycle accident you may not notice nerve damage right away. It is likely that you will have more pressing injuries that need immediate treatment. As you heal from a likely concussion, neck and spinal injuries, or a broken bone- you will start to notice nerve damage. If you are noticing numbness or dull/shooting pain in an injured area- contact your primary care doctor. They will ask you questions about the pain and will compare notes to your treatment plan. After some questions and basic testing your doctor may refer you to a neurologist. 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 car accident.

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

Can a motorcycle accident lawyer help with nerve damage injuries?

motorcycle laying on pavement with parts and pieces scattered after a car hit the motorcycle in a crash accident

If you were riding your motorcycle and following the law, and another driver was not- you can file a personal injury lawsuit. Nerve damage can impact the rest of your life. When you speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer they will calculate your current medical bills along with bills you could expect the rest of your life, 

Drew will work with you to find out the likely schedule of treatment you will need to live a normal life. While we cannot get you back to your pre-crash life ; but we want to make sure you do not need to pay for another person’s carelessness the rest of your life.

What do I need to win a motorcycle crash lawsuit?

If you are planning a personal injury lawsuit you will need to prove three essential facts:

  • Liability- while many injuries are clearly more of one person’s fault than another’s, not all cases are that clean cut. We will work to prove that the other person acted negligently.
  • Available resources- in a personal injury suit you may request money from the insurance company of the person who injured you and possibly your own insurer. Drew will assess all possible sources of money to help you pay your bills and ensure you have enough money to pay for side effects of the injury that will impact your life.
  • Damage- In a personal injury lawsuit, you will need to prove the damage that the injury has had on your life. Evidence like x-rays will be included along with stories from family and friends. We will also collect proof of lost past and future wages if you can no longer work after the accident. 
 

Nerve damage after a motorcycle accident can impact the rest of your life. Paralysis, numbness, and pain can limit your quality of life. If you want to pay your medical bills today, and tomorrow- it’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer. Vermont and New York motorcycle crash lawyer, Drew Palcsik has experience fighting for clients and knows the insurance company’s tricks.

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