By Martin James. Last Updated 11th February 2021. Welcome to our guide where we are going to take a look at nerve injury compensation claims in length. When it comes to nerve damage within our body, few people understand the impact it can have. Our nervous system has a vital role within our body. It has control over our muscles, regulates our temperature, and even keeps us breathing regularly. It stands to reason, therefore, that if something is damaged within the nervous system, then it can range from a mild effect to something life-threatening, or even fatal.
Damage to the nerves or nervous system is common, and it has been revealed by the NHS that approximately ten percent of the over 55s have peripheral neuropathy, a form of nerve damage that can be quite serious.
If you have suffered nerve damage, you will know only too well the effects that it can have, and if you have suffered it due to the fault of someone else, then it stands to reason that you would be rather angry. Whether by medical negligence or an accident, damage to the nerves that is someone else’s fault should mean that you can claim compensation, and our guide below should give you all the information you need to know about claiming. Should you want to talk over what’s happened to you on the phone to get advice specific to your situation, Accident Claims 0800 073 8801 helpline is here to offer assistance, but if you would prefer some general guidance first, then read on below.
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- A Guide to Nerve Injury Compensation Claims
- What Should You Do If You Suffer Nerve Damage?
- How to Start A Claim for Nerve Damage Compensation
- What Are the Leading Causes of Nerve Injuries?
- Nerve Damage from A Car Accident
- Workers Compensation for Nerve Damage
- Medical Negligence Nerve Damage Compensation.
- Common Forms of Nerve Injuries and Damage
- What Are the Long-Term Effects of Nerve Injuries?
- How Severe Are Nerve Damage Injuries?
- What Can You Include in Your Personal Injury Claim?
- Compensation Settlements for Nerve Damage
- No Win No Fee Nerve Injury Claims
- Why Choose Accident Claims UK To Manage Your Nerve Damage Claim
- Contact Accident Claims UK Today
- Useful Resources
Personal injury claims for nerve damage and nerve injury are more common than many of us realise. It can also be very serious indeed. While some cases restrict our movement and the ability to hold, grip or grab things, other types of nerve damage can cause anything from dry eyes to chest pain and paralysis. If you have suffered nerve damage in any form, then you will know how frustrating this is to deal with, no matter how serious or mild the damage may be. Because it is sometimes invisible, many people will not understand that it can lead to frustration, pain and suffering on a daily basis, and it may have a psychological effect on the person too – leading them to suffer depression or other mental health problems, as well as issues with self-worth and self-esteem.
If you have had nerve damage due to an accident you’ve been involved in at work, on the road, or anywhere else or have suffered medical negligence nerve damage, the chances are you will be feeling rather angry. One way to help you live life a little easier after nerve damage, would be if you have the funds to obtain a good standard of medical treatment, or some funds to cover the earnings you’ve lost as part of having time out of work to recover. Should you need care in the home, this will likely cost you financially also, and getting nerve damage compensation could help with all these costs and more. While we are aware that financial stability will not necessarily repair the damage that has been done, it could go some way towards making things a little easier.
In the guide below, we explain some of the most relevant information you’re likely to need to know before you consider making a case for compensation. In it, we will look at nerve damage payouts such as sciatic nerve damage compensation, median nerve damage compensation and more. In addition, we will cover how you can claim workers compensation for nerve damage, medical negligence nerve damage, and nerve damage caused by car accidents. We also include somewhat of a nerve damage compensation calculator that acts as an illustrative guide on how much typical nerve damage verdicts have paid out previously.
Whether it is an accident that has caused symptoms of nerve damage, whether a car accident or an accident that has happened in the workplace, there are things you should consider doing to gather evidence and ensure you have all that you need should you wish to pursue claims for nerve damage with a personal injury lawyer even if you’re not sure whether you should make one.
Evidence Gathering – Photographic – While you are still at the scene, it would be wise to capture a few snaps of what has happened. Photos of injuries as well might be helpful.
Evidence Gathering – Witnesses – Anyone on the scene at the time who saw the events unfolding could be useful to be able to contact should you need a witness. Take down relevant contact details in case you need them.
Evidence Gathering – Medical – Obviously, if you have had accidents causing nerve damage you will likely have seen your local doctor or perhaps a doctor at the hospital nearest the accident. Keeping a record of this is important to substantiate your claim. In addition, you might want to keep receipts for costs pertaining to any treatments.
Evidence Gathering – Other Costs – In respect of costs such as travel tickets, parking fees etc, if they are incurred because of a direct result of your accident causing nerve damage, then you may be able to claim them back as part of nerve damage compensation claims.
Contacting the professionals – You will need a personal injury solicitor on your side to maximise the compensation for your claim for nerve injury. By ringing Accident Claims, you’ll be able to get advice and information about claiming and we can provide a personal injury lawyer to you with experience in the sector. This will take a lot of the stress out of finding a solicitor that has the experience and ability to handle your case.
As previously mentioned, you will find as much assistance as you need when you call Accident Claims, so to start a claim, simply go ahead and call us. We will ask you lots of questions about the hows, whats and whys surrounding your nerve damage. This is to ascertain whether we feel you have a case to put forward. If you do, then we will happily connect you with a solicitor that can negotiate a nerve damage from car accident settlement UK, or compensation for nerve damage after surgery, or whatever situation has led to your nerve damage.
Your solicitor will more than likely require you to visit an independent medical practitioner in order to get an independent medical report that will be able to be used as evidence. However, it is important that you get medical assistance after the accident as soon as possible via your own means, as this will form part of the evidence too. Once the medical report is filed, then your solicitor will begin preparing your case for compensation.
Causes of nerve damage vary. Because they can be so sensitive, even a small accident can cause nerve damage. There are several causes of nerve damage but we cover the main ones below:
Cuts/Lacerations – A severed nerve or damaged nerve can be caused by a cut. It depends on whereabouts the nerve is as to the level of damage that can occur because of this.
Stretching or traction injuries – Overstretching or forced stretching such as traction can pull nerves to such an extent that they are damaged.
Contusion (Focal) – A blow to any area of the body can cause cell and nerve damage if it is powerful enough.
Pressure/Compression – Should the nerves be compressed forcibly for a period of time, then they may suffer damage.
Electrocution – When electrical currently go through the body, it can damage the nerves as it does so.
Injection injury – A badly placed injection needle can damage nerves too.
These are, of course just some of the types you can encounter, but if you have had any kind of nerve damage because of the fault of someone else, then it is likely you’ll be able to make a claim.
Serious car accidents can cause lacerations, crush injuries, contusions and more, and this is why car accidents can – and often do – cause nerve damage. Often, the visible injuries after a car crash can fade, but if you are left with nerve damage, this could potentially last forever. If you’re seeking compensation for nerve damage after a car accident, then you will need to prove that you were not at fault for the accident that befell you. Whether you are a driver, passenger, or hit as a pedestrian or cyclist, we can help you get a nerve damage settlement from a car accident with as little disruption to your day to day life as possible as the case progresses.
Car Accident Statistics
As we previously mentioned, road traffic accidents can often cause a nerve damage injury. Therefore, we have to take the time to include some critical statistics. Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: 2019 annual report outlined that there were:
- 25,945 serious injuries due to road traffic accidents.
- 153,158 casualties of all severities.
- 1,752 deaths due to road traffic accidents in 2019.
Accidents at work are no joke, which is why most companies work hard to protect their workers from anything happening to them that could be prevented. However, as the 2ndmost common cause of nerve damage, a workplace accident claim for nerve damage is not uncommon, and should the employer be found to be at fault for your accident, then you would be able to lodge a nerve damage workers compensation settlement claim for the damage that you have had to bear.
When it comes to employment, it is vital to understand that any employer has a duty to ensure you are safe at work, and things like lack of training, slip hazards, lack of PPE and lack of proper risk assessments mean that they have failed in this duty. Highlighting what has happened as part of a workers compensation for nerve damage claim will ensure that steps are taken to prevent the same issue from befalling someone else.
You may well think that the safest place to be is in a hospital or doctors surgery, but if you have suffered medical negligence, nerve damage might be something you leave hospital with that you were not expecting. Whether you seek nerve damage in foot compensation from a surgery gone wrong or suffer symptoms of nerve damage after a failed spinal block, finding out you were injured by the people who were supposed to have your health in their hands can be devastating.
One of the most common reasons for nerve damage in medical negligence claims is when an anaesthetic needle is mis-sited and hits a nerve. Depending on where this happens in the body, the effects can be devastating, and you would be right to look at lodging a nerve damage claim.
Medical Negligence Statistics
Within this section of our guide, we wanted to outline how medical negligence can often cause nerve damage. So, it is for that reason why we have taken the time to include so critical statistics.
When looking at medical negligence, it was reported by the NHS within their Annual report and Accounts 2018/19 that:
- The provisions for injury claims had increased by £6.4 billion to £83.4 billion.
- 10,678 new clinical negligence claims were made, which was a 0.8% increase.
- The number of mediations for clinical negligence had increased by 119% in a single year.
There are several different types of nerve damage, but the most common by far are:
Neurotmesis – There are fibres in the nerve called the axon and the sheath, and when these are severed together, then neurotmesis occurs. Perhaps one of the most acute forms of damage to the nerve, it can, however, be fixed if it is a clean-cut and nerves can be re-attached.
Neuropraxia – Perhaps the most minor type of damage, where both the axon and sheath are intact, the transmission of signals are blocked. This is often the case when nerves are stretched in dislocations and fractures. Symptoms tend to resolve over time and transmissions may resume in as little as a couple of hours.
Axonotmesis – Axons in the nerve are divided, but the nerve’s sheath stays intact. Traction and crush injuries feature heavily here. This can lead to loss of autonomic function, as well as muscle function loss. It can take from a few months to many years to recover.
One of the most important assessments that are made when you suffer nerve damage is how long the symptoms last. For some, minor nerve damage will resolve itself over time, and while it may be frustrating for some time, at least there is the thought that the nerves will repair themselves. However, some nerve damage injuries are irreparable and this can lead to not only long term disability but also profound effects on a person’s mental health as they have to come to terms with the fact that they may never recover. This is why the medical assessment is so important when it comes to nerve injury compensation claim – your mental and physical health will be taken into account when calculating the nerve damage compensation amount.
As mentioned, it is difficult to judge how severe a nerve damage injury is without proper assessment by a medical professional. The solicitors we can provide to you have experience in arranging a proper and rigorous assessment from a medical professional with experience who can ensure that all the details of your injury are recorded, as well as giving a prognosis for recovery. These medical appointments can often be made at a convenient location near to you.
Included in your settlement is likely to be a variety of different types of compensation. The first, and usually most important is that award for the specific injuries and the effects that they’ve had on your life. These are called general damages. They are meant to ensure you are compensated for any pain/suffering you have borne.
As well as this, you will likely see some form of loss of earnings award. This may be for actual wages lost, but may also take into account the future earnings you might miss out on because you are either unable to return to work or that you will have to have more time off in the future.
In addition to this, the costs for medical assistance, whether prescriptions, mobility aids or treatments, as well as travel relating to your injuries should also be covered. Should you have required care at home due to injury, then care claims can be lodged by those offering your care.
Compensation claims are usually calculated based on the type and severity of your injury, which is why no two amounts awarded will be exactly the same. Your medical report will form a large part of the evidence used to ascertain your payout. Below, we have compiled a list of injuries and common settlement brackets for you to use as a guide, a sort of personal injury claims calculator if you like.
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Severe||£56,180 to £94,470|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Moderately Severe||£21,730 to £56,180|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Moderate||£7,680 to £21,730|
|Neck Injuries||Severe||In the region of £139,210|
|Neck Injuries||Moderate||£23,460 to £36,120|
|Back Injury||Severe||£85,470 to £151,070|
|Back Injury||Moderate||£26,050 to £36,390|
|Back Injury||Minor||Up to £2,300|
Do remember though that these are guides only and will not be specific to your case, your injuries and your prognosis.
Making compensation claims is expensive, isn’t it? Well, actually, no. With Accident Claims no win no fee nerve damage compensation promise, you’ll not put a penny forward to make your nerve injury compensation claim. Instead, your compensation will be used – only a percentage of it – to fund your legal fees. What if, for some reason, you don’t win compensation? Then you won’t have a bill to pay for legal fees. To have this explained to you in more detail, all you have to do is call. We’re happy to explain how it works and why it benefits you. But don’t delay, there is a personal injury claims time limit for most cases.
If you were to ask one of our customers that we have helped why they chose Accident Claims to help them with their case, then you would likely receive an answer that included how much we care about the people we help. Otherwise, they may point out the fact that we have a lot of experience and were able to provide solid advice they could rely upon; in essence, they trusted that what we had to say was accurate, and this was found to be true.
Other reasons they might have chosen to work with us is because they wanted their claim handled on a no win and no fee basis, and this is something we could help with. Whatever their reason for choosing us, it is more than likely that they would recommend us, because we helped them secure compensation for whatever accident or injury they’d suffered, and we did so with a minimum amount of disruption to them. We hope that you would say the same if you chose us to handle your nerve injury compensation claim – in fact, we’d be almost certain you would.
Claiming nerve damage compensation need not be stressful when you have Accident Claims in your corner. We will take the pain away from making your nerve injury compensation claim and help ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible for your nerve injury compensation claim. Dial 0800 073 8801 to be directly connected to someone that can help, or visit our contact us page for more information about ways you can get in touch – there’s even a live chat facility if you prefer!
Whichever option you choose, selecting Accident Claims for your nerve damage compensation claim could be the best decision you make.
This leads to the NHS’s page on Peripheral Neuropathy. You may find this page of interest if you have been diagnosed with this.
This breaks down how the nervous system works and provide information that may be of interest.
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Nerve injury compensation FAQ
What are the symptoms of nerve damage?
The symptoms of nerve damage often include the following:
- Sharpe pains.
- A buzzing sensation
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness or tingling
Does a damaged nerve ever heal?
A damaged nerve that is injured, but not cut is more likely to heal over time. However, nerves that have been completed severed will have a challenging time when it comes to treatment and recovery. In order to gauge the severity of nerve damage, it is always best to visit a doctor and seek medical attention.
Can an MRI show nerve damage?
An MRI can help detect any changes in the structure of bones, cartilage, herniated disc, pinched nerves, spinal tumours and much more. So, if you happen to have been injured or have suffered a nerve injury visit a medical professional as soon as possible.
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