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Not all injuries from a car wreck are visible. One such injury is nerve damage. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of the common signs of nerve damage after a car wreck so you can get the medical care and legal advice you need.

What is Nerve Damage?

Your nervous system is part of nearly everything our body does, from controlling our muscles to sensing temperature to regulating breathing. Nerve pain, also known as neuralgia or neuropathic pain, can occur when trauma affects the nerves that carry sensation to the brain. Nerve pain can impact any nerve in the body but commonly impacts some nerves more than others. A common reason for nerve pain is compression or trauma, which can occur after a car wreck. These are the common signs of nerve damage after a car wreck.

Pain and Tingling Sensations

One of the most common signs of nerve damage is ongoing pain or tingling sensations. The pain can be shooting or burning and radiate from the impacted area of the body to other areas. Radiating pain can indicate that the nerves are affected along their pathways. 

Numbness or Weakness

Nerve damage may lead to numbness or weakness in the impacted area and can indicate damage to the nerves responsible for muscle control and sensation. You may notice a loss of sensation or have difficulty moving certain body parts. 

Difficulty Controlling Muscles

Nerve damage can disrupt the signals between the brain and muscles, leading to difficulty controlling movements and involuntary muscle spasms. Nerve damage can impact coordination and balance. It can result in stumbling and even falls, which can result in further injuries. Fine motor skills may also be affected, making things like tying shoelaces or fastening a necklace difficult or impossible. 

Changes in Reflexes

Nerve damage can impact reflexes and lead to noticeable changes. Reflexes are automatic responses to stimuli and changes to these responses can be the result of nerve damage. 

Sensitivity Changes

Nerve damage can increase sensitivity to touch and cause pain or discomfort from even light pressure. This increased sensitivity is known as allodynia and is commonly associated with nerve damage. 

Temperature Changes

Nerves play a part in regulating temperature perception. Damage to these nerves can result in having difficulty sensing temperature changes. If you notice that you can’t feel heat or cold properly, it can be a sign of nerve damage. 

What to Do if You Suspect Nerve Damage After a Car Wreck in Florida

The actions you take after you’ve been in a car wreck may impact your health and any personal injury claims you may make. Take these steps if you suspect you’ve suffered nerve damage after a car wreck. 

Immediately Seek Medical Attention

If you suspect nerve damage after a car wreck, speak to your doctor about your symptoms as soon as possible. A doctor may order various diagnostic tests, including electromyography (EMG), MRI, or ultrasonography, to help diagnose the problem and recommend the appropriate treatment options. 

Document Symptoms

Keep a list of the symptoms you’re experiencing, including how often, how severe, and what, if any, movements or activities make symptoms worse and are being impacted. These kinds of records are important if you intend to make a personal injury claim in the future. 

Contact a Florida Car Accident Lawyer

Seeking the advice of a lawyer if you suspect you have suffered nerve damage from a car wreck is essential. Though Florida is a no-fault state, you may be entitled to bring a personal injury claim against the responsible parties. 

Our legal team has over 40 years of experience seeking justice for our clients who have been the victims of car accidents. We’ve seen the results of untreated injuries, which can be devastating, and that is why you should never ignore symptoms after an accident. 

Our attorneys have sought and won millions of dollars for our injured clients. Don’t allow your health and legal rights to go unaddressed after a car wreck. 

Call 850-601-1111 to schedule a complimentary consultation with no obligations. This consultation will help you explore your legal options. Let us help you fight for fair compensation. 

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Jaeson continued his studies at Florida State University College of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctorate in 2011. Throughout his law school career, Jaeson regularly volunteered his time at Florida Legal Services, where he assisted with several projects aimed at advancing the rights of low-income families in Florida. Jaeson has recovered millions of dollars from individuals for his clients. For his efforts, Jaeson was inducted in 2016 into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. At the time of his induction, he was one of the youngest attorneys in the State of Florida to be inducted.

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