Nerve damage can be caused by disease, traumatic injury, exposure to toxins, and by medical malpractice. It can range from a mild tingling sensation to paralysis. Nerve damage can reduce a person’s quality of life significantly and forever.
Chronic Pain and Permanent Injury
If a nerve is severed, the damage causes permanent loss of function and/or sensation. When nerves are damaged, but not severed, chronic pain is often the result. Pain from nerve-related conditions like neuralgia and reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) typically gets worse with time. People with amputations often experience referred pain, a form of nerve damage in which pain that is felt in one area of the body is caused by damage to another area.
Diagnosing Nerve Damage
There are more than 100 different forms of nerve damage, each with its own signs and symptoms. Many types of nerve damage can be diagnosed by a nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test. This test measures how well nerve impulses are flowing through the nerves. If you suffered a “pinched nerve” in a car accident, for example, the NCV test may identify the problem. However these tests can yield normal results even in patients with significant nerve damage.
Our law firm has the legal experience and medical resources required to achieve positive results for clients who have suffered many types of nerve damage.
If you or a family member sustained permanent nerve damage because of another’s negligence, please contact our law firm as soon as possible to arrange a free consultation and case evaluation. From offices in Bridgeport, Danbury and New Haven, Connecticut, our medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers represent clients throughout the state.