Nerve Damage Compensation: Making a Claim
Find out how much your claim may be worth
The nervous system plays a critical role in controlling the sensation, feeling and healthy functions in the body. Nerve damage can be severe and life-changing, especially if it affects your mobility. Severe nerve damage could lead you to have to take time off work, or may even require you to change jobs if you are unable to perform the duties as a result. Your family may also be affected by your nerve damage if you require their assistance to carry out normal tasks in your day to day life. If you have suffered from nerve damage as a result of someone else’s negligence or breach of duty, you may be entitled to claim nerve damage compensation.
Whether the accident happened at work, on the roads, or in a public place, nerve damage compensation can help you cover any expenses and compensate you for the inconvenience brought on by the serious health concerns and the pain and suffering.
Symptoms Of Nerve Damage
Nerve damage affects the relay of messages from the body from the spinal cord to the brain, which may lead to issues in the affected part of the body. Nerve damage can vary from minor damage, which may take weeks or months to recover from, to more severe long term damage which will take longer to recover from, require surgery, or leave permanent damage. The most common types of nerve damage include:
· Unusual tingling or numbness in the extremities
· Tight feeling in hands or feet
· Loss of sensation/ feeling in the affected area of the body
· Shooting pains or burning sensations inside the limbs
· Muscle weakness
· Loss of sight (optic nerve damage)
· Difficulty lifting or regularly dropping objects
· Cold feeling or pain in arms or legs
· Buzzing or electrical feeling in limbs
It is important that you have any nerve damage assessed by a medical professional as soon as possible so that you can obtain appropriate treatment.
If you have suffered any type of nerve injury in an accident which wasn’t your fault, you may be liable to make a claim for compensation. Get in touch with Beacon Law today to find out more about making a personal injury claim.
Accidents that can Lead To Nerve Damage
Beacon Law has dealt with a range of claims for accidents resulting in nerve damage. There are a number of factors which cause nerve damage. The most common types of accidents which may cause nerve damage include:
- Road Traffic Accidents– These types of accidents include car accidents, pedestrian accidents, cyclist accidents and motorcycle accidents
- Slips, trips and falls in a public place or occupied building. This may include accidents on public highways, supermarkets, shopping centres, restaurants, cafes, or on public transport.
- Accidents at work, such as those which may occur on a building site, those caused by dangerous machinery or lack of PPE in warehouses or factories.
- Falls from heights
- Medical Negligence- This negligence can occur in certain cases such as poorly administered injections of anaesthesia or extraction of blood samples through needles, hernia surgery, knee replacement surgery, improper uses of surgical equipment, failure to diagnose certain conditions linked with the nervous system.
If you have suffered nerve damage in any type of accident, even those which are not listed above, you may be able to make a claim for nerve injury compensation. Medical negligence is a common cause of nerve damage. If you have sustained nerve damage due to the negligence of your surgeon, you will be liable for medical negligence claim / clinical negligence claim. Contact us to speak to one of our specialist personal injury solicitors, and we will let you know if we think you have a case.
What Should I Do After Suffering A Nerve Injury?
If you suffered an injury whilst at work, you should report the accident to a supervisor or manager immediately and ensure that the incident has been logged in an accident report book. Make sure all details of the accident have been reported correctly before signing.
If the accident did not happen at work, you should report the incident to the person or company who you believe is responsible.
If you suffered your injury as the result of a road traffic accident, contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report the accident.
You should seek appropriate medical attention for your nerve injury from a GP or hospital soon after the accident. If your injury is serious, you should seek urgent attention at a hospital.
We would advise that you keep receipts for any medical treatment which you have had to pay for so that you can recover the expenses when making a claim.
If you would like to make a nerve injury claim for compensation, or if you would like to discuss the claims process with a personal injury solicitor, contact Beacon Law today using the contact forms on our website, or call us on 0330 1332 857.
You should be aware that there is a strict time limit of 3 years from the date of the accident for making a personal injury claim. This period of time may be extended in special circumstances; however, we would advise that you start your nerve injury claim as early as possible to avoid your claim becoming statute-barred.
Nerve Damage Compensation Value?
If you have decided to make a claim, you may be wondering, “how much is my nerve damage claim worth?” It is difficult to determine the exact amount of compensation you will receive for a nerve injury without firstly knowing the severity of the injury and all facts of the case.
Your compensation award will be split into general damages and special damages.
General damages refer to the amount of compensation you will receive for your injury, i.e., your pain, suffering and loss of amenity. Each case is unique, as are all injuries and therefore, the value of your claim will be difficult to determine without knowing all the facts. The figure will be based on the type of injury sustained, as well as the severity and the impact the injury has had on your life or the impact which it may continue to have on your future.
Special damages refer to any additional financial losses you may have sustained as a direct result of the accident and can include travel and parking costs, loss of earnings, medication costs, costs of any private treatment you may have required, and compensation for any additional care and assistance you required.
In most cases, you will be required to attend an appointment with an independent medical expert who will provide a medical report based on your accident and injuries. Following the receipt of this medical report, we will be able to provide an estimation of the value of your injuries. We may also be able to arrange any further treatment for your injuries at this point if the expert states a requirement for this within the report.
How Much Do Nerve Damage Claims Cost?
When considering making a claim for nerve damage compensation, you may also be concerned about the costs involved in making a claim. The good news is, you should not be left out of pocket when making a personal injury claim.
We offer our services on a No Win No Fee agreement basis. This agreement means that you will not be required to pay our fees if your claim is unsuccessful. Our fees will be deducted from your compensation at the conclusion of your case if you are successful in making a nerve injury claim.
The only requirement for this agreement is that you cooperate with us throughout the process of your claim and that you are honest with us at every stage.
To find out more, feel free to have a look at our funding section on our website.
Why Choose Beacon Law?
Beacon Law are a leading personal injury law firm, offering a range of personal injury claim services to our clients, including claims for nerve damage compensation. We provide a high level of service to all our clients and work hard to ensure they receive the appropriate treatment and highest level of compensation for their injuries.
We work closely with all clients, following their instructions whilst providing specialist legal advice on each case. We aim to support all our clients throughout a time which is already difficult and provide the best case management possible throughout all legal proceedings.
If you require advice on a potential case or assistance, please contact us on 0330 1332 857. Alternatively, please complete our online form, and a Personal Injury expert will contact you to help you start your claim.
Beacon Law are a Solicitors registered in England and Wales with our registered office based in Manchester. We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.