Paralysis and Nerve Damage Attorney in Los Angeles
If you or a loved one have suffered from paralysis or a nerve injury in an accident because of another’s negligence, contact our attorneys to see how you could receive financial compensation for your injuries.
Our experienced nerve damage injury lawyers have handled dozens of nerve damage lawsuits over the years. We are very knowledgeable in both California and Nevada law, and understand the different steps we need to take in order to litigate your claim successfully.
Nerve damage can occur in unlikely areas of the body and the recovery process can be long and daunting. You may also accrue high medical bills during the recovery process. However, a nerve damage attorney can help you get justice for the injuries that you or a loved one have suffered in the form of financial compensation.
What is Nerve Damage?
Nerves are a type of cell in the human body that are responsible for carrying electrical signals throughout the body. These electrical signals are critical in all bodily movements and sensations. When a nerve is damaged, the result could be pain, numbness, or loss of feeling. Oftentimes, nerve damage also does not become apparent until days or even weeks after the accident. Our skilled Los Angeles nerve damage attorneys can help you throughout this tough situation.
How do nerve injuries affect the body?
The nervous system has very important functions in the body since the brain uses the nervous system to control the rest of the body. This includes involuntary and voluntary functions. Nerves are classified into three different types, which include:
- Autonomic nerves: these are the nerves that control unconscious things that you may not voluntarily do yourself. Examples include heartbeat, and sexual function. If your autonomic nerves are damaged, this could result in very severe and permanent injuries that will require lifelong care for the rest of your life.
- Sensory nerves: sensory nerves are those that connect to your senses such as your nose, ears, and eyes. Injuries to the sensory nerves could result in blindness, deafness, and hypersensitivity.
- Motor nerves: these are the nerves that allow you to move parts of your body. For example, moving your muscles while playing a sport is attached to your motor nerves. Injuries to the motor nerves would result in weakness, along with muscle twitching.
Common Causes of Nerve Damage in Los Angeles
After representing our nerve damage injury clients in Los Angeles for several decades, we have seen a variety of common accidents that have led to nerve damage and nerve pain.
Below are the different types of causes of nerve damage:
- Car accidents
- Accident motorcycle
- Sport accidents
- Train accidents
- Truck crash
- Dog bite accidents
- Workplace accidents
Throughout these different types of accidents, you could sustain several different types of injuries. Different types of injuries that are most likely to cause nerve damage include:
- Whiplash: Car accidents may cause whiplash, which is the sudden movement of the head that injures your neck and head. The jerking motion can strain the nerves of your head and neck, causing long-term pain;
- Cuts: Deep lacerations can slice your nerves and cause damage. You may encounter this scenario during an auto accident or a workplace accident;
- Blunt Trauma: A sudden impact can place excessive pressure on the nerves. This form of trauma can also occur during car accidents or workplace disasters;
- Surgical Accidents: A surgical error can happen between a patient and doctor where nerves are permanently damaged.
Overall, whiplash is the most common injury in Los Angeles that impacts the nerves. Moreover, whiplash is a common occurrence after a car accident. You may contend with whiplash in a head-on collision that forces your head back and forth.
What are the different types of nerve injuries?
In the medical field, nerve injuries are classified into three different stages. Each stage gets worse and worse. the different types of categories are:
- First-degree: this occurs when the victim is able to quickly recover from any minor nerve injury
- Second-degree: this occurs when the victim was able to recover from a minor injury after some time, such as a couple months
- Third-degree: this is a nerve injury that could only be repaired with surgery
- Fourth-degree: this is when nerves are severely damaged, and they cannot regenerate
- Fifth-degree: this is the most extreme type of nerve injury, and is most likely not repairable, even with surgery. This is considered a catastrophic personal injury that will have lasting effects for the victim’s lifetime.
What is paralysis?
Paralysis is the most extreme form of nerve injury, and could result in a life full of challenges. Paralysis occurs when you are unable to make any voluntary muscle movements. The brain sends messages to the muscles, however because of the damaged nervous system, these messages are never received.
What are the different types of paralysis?
Similar to nerve injuries, the medical field has categorized paralysis into several different categories explaining their range of seriousness. This includes:
- Complete paralysis: this is the most extreme form of paralysis and occurs when you cannot move your muscles at all.
- Partial paralysis: this occurs when you have limited control, or control only on one side of the body.
- Localized paralysis: this occurs when only a specific part of the body is affected, such as your face.
- Generalized paralysis: this occurs when there is general paralysis damage. For example, paraplegia is when you are paralyzed from the waist down.
What are symptoms of nerve damage?
Oftentimes, many people are not aware that they have suffered some type of nerve damage following an accident. Nerve damage and nerve pain can take form in several different ways. Sometimes, many don’t even know that they have suffered nerve damage until months after an accident. Below are some examples of symptoms that could be potential indications of nerve damage:
- Sensory damage;
- Loss of sensation in different parts of the body;
- Having difficulty focusing;
- Pain at the joints;
- Bladder dysfunction.
How is nerve damage treated?
Because of the complexity of nerves, many doctors don’t have the exact formula on how it can be best treated. There are different treatments that could be implemented to try to prevent nerve pain, but in many cases, the victim will never be able to go back as to how they were before the accident. Below are some examples of treatments for nerve damage:
- Physical therapy.
The above treatments could be very costly. Our nerve damage attorneys believe that no victim of an accident should have to pay for all these medical costs. If you are hurt in an accident, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys today to receive monetary compensation for your nerve damage treatments. We will work to make sure that you receive financial compensation that covers all your past and future medical treatments to treat the nerve damage.
Spinal Nerve Damage
Spinal cord injuries could lead to severe nerve damage and nerve trauma within the spinal area after a severe accident. Spinal nerve damage is very severe and could affect the entire body. Nerve damage in the spine is also one of the most painful types of nerve damage.
Arm Nerve Damage
One of the biggest indicators for nerve damage in the arm is numbness or tingling at the hands and fingers. Pain experienced in the wrist area is also another symptom that many feel after suffering from nerve damage in the arm. This is one of the most annoying types of nerve damage since victims are not able to perform everyday tasks such as holding a pen or driving because of their nerve pain.
Leg Nerve Damage
Nerve damage at the legs could travel from toes to the hips. None of this could be felt at the ankles, feet, and the toes. Tingling and pain are likely to be felt. This causes balance issues and the victim is likely to end up getting involved in another accident such as falling when standing up. Many doctors advise physical therapy after enduring nerve damage.
How much is my Los Angeles nerve injury case worth?
Each case is looked at on an individualized basis, therefore there is no single amount that all nerve injury victims could receive. Usually, clients who suffer from paralysis or severe nerve damage could receive a large amount of compensation for several damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages (this includes past lost wages and future earning capacity)
- Pain and suffering
- Long-term medical costs (such as making repairs at home to accommodate two the nerve injury paralysis)
What is lingual nerve injury?
Dental malpractice occurs when a dentist fails to act within a standard of care. Because of the dentist’s failure to act, the patient then suffers some type of injury. Common injuries that could result from dental malpractice include facial nerve damage and facial paralysis. This most likely occurs during a wisdom tooth surgery. If you or a loved one has sustained nerve injuries because of dental malpractice, contact our attorneys today to determine the different legal steps we could take to make sure you receive maximum compensation for your dental injuries.
The lingual nerve is a nerve that runs from the lower jaw to the tongue. This nerve is responsible for the sensation of taste. During dental surgery, dentists usually deal with the lingual nerve. Any wrong incision near this lingual nerve could result in damage. Lingual nerve damage includes:
- Loss of taste
- Change of paste
- Tingling sensation at the tongue
- Pain at the jaw
- Speech impediment
- Saliva buildup
When could I sue for nerve damage in Los Angeles?
Each state in the United States has a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations determines the time limitation as to when a plaintiff could bring a case. If a plaintiff brings their case to court too late, they could lose their entire claim to the right of damages.
In Los Angeles, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit for nerve damage is 2 years from the date of the injury. If a plaintiff brings a claim for nerve damage 2 years after the injury, they will not be able to recover any type of damages.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is a result of severe injuries. It is considered a type of nerve damage where victims could receive compensation for the chronic pain suffered. Chronic pain lasts longer than a couple months, and is often present when the victim is dealing with the aftermath of the injuries. Examples of injuries that could result in chronic pain include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
What should I do if I suffer a nerve injury?
- Seek medical help immediately: We advise our clients to document the injury as much as possible. The best way to document a nerve injury is through a doctor. A doctor can diagnose nerve cases and provide written documentation, along with their professional opinion as to how the nerve injury was caused and the future symptoms of nerve injury.
- Keep a Record of Medical Bills: We advise all our clients to keep a record of the different medical bills in order to be able to seek reimbursement for such costs.
- Record Income Losses: Document the time lost as a result of the injury. If you cannot work, for example, make a note of any lost wages or income from the injuries. You may receive wage compensation.
- Speak to a Nerve Injury Lawyer: This is one of the most important steps. It is very important to speak to an experienced nerve injury attorney that is well-versed in California and Nevada laws to be able to file a lawsuit claim against the other party.
Why choose our Los Angeles nerve damage attorneys?
Below are some reasons why you should choose our Los Angeles nerve damage attorneys:
- Our attorneys provide personal individualized attention to each nerve damage case
- Our attorneys are compassionate and understand the difficulty it is when dealing with nerve damage
- Our attorneys have a successful record in the community
- Our attorneys are available 24/7
- Our attorneys are conveniently located in Los Angeles
- Our attorneys are paid on a contingency fee basis, which means that there is no fee unless we win or settle
Contact Our Los Angeles Nerve Damage Attorneys Today
Call our nerve damage attorneys today for a free legal consultation to discuss your nerve damage injury claim. Our consultations are free of charge with no obligation to continue with our service and are kept completely confidential. We are available 24/7 via phone, email, or through our in-person offices. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that our attorneys will not need any monetary compensation unless we have got a settlement or judgment in your favor.
Our experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorneys speak to the insurance companies on your behalf so you will not have to deal with the other at fault party. If you have suffered nerve damage on any part of your body, contact our expert nerve damage lawyers today. At Heidari Law Group, we listen to your concerns and help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to get a free consultation and sound guidance regarding your situation.
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