Nerve damage resulting from a car accident can not only cause extreme physical pain but can also leave the victim temporarily or even permanently disabled. Proving nerve damage after an accident presents unique challenges when pursuing a settlement, and as such it’s important to know what to expect. If you or a loved one is left with nerve damage after being in a car accident, you deserve to know your options for financial recovery.
What kind of damages can you claim for nerve damage in a car accident settlement?
The answer is simpler than you might expect: ALL of your costs related to your nerve damage (and other injuries) should be included in your car accident settlement. You can also recover additional money to offset the impact of the accident on your life.
Nerve damage often leads to substantial medical bills and often greatly impacts the victim’s ability to live and work as they did before the accident. Even if they do, it can take years to completely recover following treatment and rehabilitation efforts.
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How can a personal injury attorney help your case?
If you suffered nerve damage from a car accident, a personal injury lawyer can help you pursue financial recovery for nerve damage injuries you experienced and pain and suffering that results from them. Under the law, pain and suffering damages are meant to compensate the victim for the pain and suffering they went through after the accident—or are likely to go through in the future. Your attorney can help estimate your damages related to the nerve damage from the accident, which may include:
- Injuries suffered right after the accident, which should be documented as much as possible through pictures and medical records
- Injuries that need long-term or ongoing treatment, such as physical therapy, which is usually the case with nerve damage
- Permanent losses that go along with physical discomfort or pain
In addition, you can also recover money to offset any change in your ability to do your job or to work at all.
You may not have nerve damage now, but it can creep up on you later
Nerve damage is not always obvious right after an accident and can take time to show its greatest symptoms, such as tingling in the extremities, trouble speaking, dizziness or lightheadedness, loss of strength, and paralysis, so it’s important to see a doctor immediately if you suspect nerve damage.
Damages for nerve damage can also include mental pain and suffering like:
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Emotional distress
- Anxiety or depression
- Social disorders
- Mood swings
- Fear or shock
Any pain and suffering should be documented as much as possible. Your car accident lawyer will use these as proof of what you’ve gone through as a result of nerve damage from the accident.
How does a settlement work for nerve damage?
Pain and suffering damages can end up being quite significant for someone who has suffered nerve damage from a car accident. The physical damage can range from minimal pain to very severe pain and a life-long disability. Living with nerve damage can also potentially include damages for mental and psychological issues resulting from the condition.
A settlement, in this case, can become challenging since it’s hard to assign a specific monetary amount to pain and suffering from nerve damage. This is where working with a car accident lawyer can help by compiling what you need to present to a jury if the case goes to trial. You’ll need to be prepared with testimony from medical experts you saw for the nerve damage and any other evidence that demonstrates your suffering.
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If you’re dealing with sustained nerve damage from a car accident, don’t miss out on the helpful financial recovery you deserve for what you’ve suffered. Although money can’t make everything right again, it can help you get back on your feet as you deal with the aftermath and costs of the accident. For a free consultation with John Foy & Associates to discuss your case, give us a call at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right.