According to spine-health.com “a nerve is a cordlike structure composed of fibers that conduct sensory and motor impulses between the brain and spinal cord and other areas of the body.” Nerves serve an important role in the body, they allow humans to live normal and healthy lives. As a result, when these nerves are damaged the consequences can be quite severe. Sometimes nerve damage causes victims to suffer unbearable consequences. Such damage may be permanent and may prevent the victim from ever leading a normal life or working.
Nerve Damage Symptoms and Types
There are different types of nerve damage that can result from a person being involved in a car accident. Each type of nerve damage carries its own unique symptoms and potential treatment options. In most cases, nerve damage is caused by the nerve feeling pressure, being stretched or severed. Some of the most common types of nerve damage are:
- Whiplash – whiplash injuries are common in car accidents. They are caused by the forceful movement of the head and neck jerking back and forth during an accident. The jerking movement results in nerves being stretched or pinched.
- Lacerations – lacerations are deep cuts in the skin. These injuries can be deep enough to reach the nerves and cut them in the affected area of the body.
- Blunt force trauma can also cause nerve damage. When an accident victim hits their head, arms, legs or other body parts on a hard surface the victim can compress their nerves.
Some of the symptoms linked with nerve damage include the following:
- A prickling sensation
- Skin or limbs that feel like they are numb or tingling
- Weakness or pain in the muscles
- Full or partial paralysis of arms, legs, fingers or toes
- Twitching or other uncontrolled muscle movements
- Greater sensitivity of the skin when in contact with cold or warm temperatures