Grand Junction Nerve Injury Attorneys
Without our nerves, we would not be able to function as we do. The nervous system is an essential part of our body, as important as our hearts, brains, and spines. So, when you suffer nerve damage to an act of negligence, it can impact you for a lifetime. No one should have to pay for a mistake or choice that wasn’t there’s, and yet you may be stuck adjusting your life due to someone else’s negligence.
As experienced personal injury attorneys, Peters & Nolan, LLC has seen just how devastating nerve injuries can be. They impact every part of your life, and, if they are severe enough, could leave you suffering for the rest of your life. While our Grand Junction nerve injury attorneys can’t undo what the at-fault party did to you, we can still help you make sure that you can live comfortably while you recover. For expert legal aid, call our firm at (970) 243-4357.
Our nervous system is a vital part of our ability to breathe, sense heat, and even walk around. Nerves, on a fundamental level, send information to our brains and send commands from our brain to our muscles. The nervous system is the messenger of the body, allowing information from the tips of our toes to the top of our heads to be sent almost instantaneously.
There are three categories of nerves, each of them with their own job:
Motor Nerves: Motor nerves, as you may have guessed, are responsible for your ability to move. They pass commands from your brain through the spinal cord to your muscles. Without them, your brain wouldn’t be able to move your body.
Sensory Nerves: These nerves sense the world around you and send the information they collect to your brain. They can sense how sharp or smooth an object is, how hot or cold it is outside, and whether or not you are injured and in pain.
Automatic Nerves: There are parts of your body, such as your lungs and heart, that are able to move without any prompting from your conscious brain. These parts are controlled by your automatic nerves. Without these nerves, your heartbeat would fail, your breathing would stop, and your body would no longer be able to regulate its temperature.
As you can imagine, injuring any of these kinds of nerves can have a detrimental impact on your health. You may lose the ability to feel pain, to breathe on your own without a machine, or even the ability to walk. Which ever kind of nerve is damaged, it will have a serious impact on your day-to-day life, even if it’s supposedly a “minor” injury.
Unfortunately, because your nerves run throughout your body, they can become injured in several different ways. Any severe injury, whether it be a crushed limb or a serious burn, can lead to your nerves becoming damaged. Common accidents that lead to nerve damage include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Cyclist accidents
- Dog attacks
- Swimming pool accidents
- Assault due to negligent security
These kinds of accidents are almost always caused by negligence. Sadly, that negligence could leave you disabled for life. If you have been in one of these types of accidents, you may need extensive medical care to heal, whether or not you have suffered nerve damage. Healing from such an injury may be contingent on medical intervention, so you should watch out for the symptoms of nerve damage.
Like any injury, nerve damage has many symptoms that you may experience. Knowing these symptoms can help you identify a potential issue, which can then be discussed with your general practitioner. From there you can receive any available treatment and minimize the possible long-term damage. That process starts with you recognizing the possible injury, however. Common nerve damage symptoms include:
- An inability to move a part of the body, such as a limb or one side of your face
- A weakness in your limbs
- Muscle atrophy
- Constant twitching or spasms
- Intense pain
- A burning sensation on your skin
- A tingling or pricking sensation
- Lack of positional awareness
If you are experiencing these symptoms following an accident, you should immediately inform your general practitioner. As with other injuries, the best way to treat nerve damage is by acting quickly. If you do not receive treatment as soon as possible, your injury could worsen with time, leading to long-term damage.
Nerve damage can vary in severity, appearing as chronic pain in one hand or total paralysis on one side of your body. Which ever situation you are in, it is safe to say at least some aspects of your day-to-day life will be completely changed. For example, if you lose the ability to feel temperature in your dominant hand, you will always need to check with your less dominant hand to make sure that you aren’t going to burn yourself when you grab a hot plate or pan.
In more severe cases, nerve damage in your diaphragm could leave you unable to breathe on your own. This will mean that you will have to spend the rest of your life on a ventilator. That will impact your mobility, your independence, and your ability to work. It will also likely lead to high medical costs, which you may be unable to help pay given your disability. It isn’t fair that you should pay for such consequences when the accident wasn’t your fault. Thankfully, a skilled Grand Junction attorney may be able to help.
Facing a severe nerve injury alone can be terrifying, especially if the injury was someone else’s fault. Our Grand Junction personal injury attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC have worked with countless clients who were injured due to someone else’s negligence, and we understand just how difficult physical, emotional and financial recovery can be. If you or someone you love is suffering from nerve damage due to negligence, call our firm at (970) 243-4357. We are ready to help.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.