Unlike broken bones, cuts and burns, nerve damage isn’t visible. Therefore, when you get into a car crash, you may not realize that you have suffered nerve damage. Unfortunately, this type of injury can impact your life in countless ways, from chronic pain to muscle weakness to loss of sensation.
Here are some of the ways nerve damage can impact your life.
Chronic pain and discomfort
Chronic pain and discomfort can range from mild aches and twinges to debilitating pain that interferes with daily activities. Nerve damage can cause a variety of painful sensations, including burning, tingling and aching. In some cases, the pain may be felt in a specific area of the body, while in others, it may be more widespread.
Loss of sensation
Loss of sensation can manifest as numbness or a loss of sensitivity in a particular area of the body. Therefore, if you sustain nerve damage in your hand, you may be unable to feel the sensation of touch or pressure in that hand. This can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks, such as writing, typing or using utensils.
Muscle weakness can be particularly problematic for those who rely on their muscles for work or other activities. Nerve damage can cause muscles to become weaker, making it difficult to perform even simple tasks, such as lifting objects or climbing stairs. In some cases, muscle weakness can even lead to paralysis.
Difficulty with coordination and balance
Nerves play a critical role in regulating movement and posture. Therefore, damage to these nerves can make it challenging to coordinate movements and maintain balance. This can make it dangerous to perform activities such as driving or playing sports.
Nerve damage after a collision can have some devastating impacts on your life. Therefore, if you or a loved one has suffered this type of injury, you may want to seek compensation to help you address the impacts caused by these injuries.