INJURY*

Nerve Injury Claims*

Nerve injury is a condition which severely weakens the human body. The function of nerves is to control sensation and sensitivity in the body. They are delicate and can be damaged by stretching, pressure or cutting.

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Effects of a Nerve Injury

People suffering from a nerve injury experience pain, numbness and a burning sensation in the affected area of the body. It is understood that nerve damage can cause some of the most excruciating pain that a human can suffer. Living with chronic nerve pain can have crippling psychological effects on a person’s life after the injury such as depression. 

Proving the Existence of Nerve Injury

Proving the existence and degree of the damage can be a difficult task in a personal injury case. If you or a family member have experienced a nerve injury due to an accident or surgery complications speaking with a solicitor may help shed some light on your entitlements. Nerve injury compensation claims* take into account the potentially life-long consequences that the injury which occurred can have on the quality of life of the victim.

Causes

Nerve damage can be a result of a number of different scenarios, causing severe pain and discomfort. Some of these scenarios include:

  • Nerves being cut during knee replacement
  • Improper administration of anti-blood clotting drugs
  • Injury to the brachial plexus when delivering a baby
  • Nerves being severed during hip replacement operation
  • Insufficient blood supply resulting in oxygen starvation
  • Inadequate treatment received during procedures such as acupuncture 
  • Nerves being exposed when damage to teeth is obtained

Nerve injuries can also happen as a result of improper use of needles by medical staff. The most common case of this is damaging medial and radial nerves when taking blood from an arm. Damage also occurs due to inadequate use of surgical equipment causing nervous inflammation and anaesthetic errors made if precautions are not taken with needles.

Symptoms

Nerves are fibres that transfer different sensations such as pain between the brain, the spinal cord and other areas of the human body. If damage occurs, they can either reduce or increase the sensitivity of the sensations felt. If sensitivity becomes reduced the body part will feel numb, this leaves the person exposed to further injury. When sensitivity is increased, it can lead to a feeling of pain. Some of the injury symptoms include:

  • Numbness
  • Pins and needles
  • Hot or cold feeling in the affected area
  • Bursts of pain
  • Burning or tingling sensation
  • Chronic pain 

Nerve injuries can also affect certain parts of body functions. An example of this would be nerve damage to a person’s hand would leave them with reduced ability to hold or lift objects. Unfortunately, there are no scientific proven cures for nerve damage.  Symptoms and pain may ease of time and there is treatment available to help reduce pain and discomfort. If you experience any of the signs and symptoms mentioned it is vitally important to pursue a full medical diagnosis and treatment from your local doctor.

Nerve Injury Types

  • Ulnar
  • Sciatic
  • Median
  • Radial
  • Peroneal
  • Axillary
  • Tibial
  • Nerve Injury in foot
  • Nerve injury in leg

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How do I make a claim?

Once you have gathered all the relevant information in relation to your injury it is then time to move forward with your claim. It is important to use a personal injury* solicitor to help you with this.

  1. Prepare the information for a solicitor

    When you decide you want to move forward with your injury claim* it is important to have all the relevant information to hand when contacting a solicitor. Important information to have on hand at this point is:

    • Date of the accident
    • Location of the accident
    • Details of who/what caused the accident
    • Specifics of what happened
    • Who did you report the accident to?
    • If any emergency services attended the scene, and their details
    • Details of your injuries
    • Hospitals/Doctors attended with your injury
    • Any pictures you may have taken of the scene of the accident and/or your injuries
    • Details of any witnesses
    • Is there CCTV that may have captured the accident?
  2. Solicitor becomes your trusted advisor

    As a solicitor is aware of the injury claim* process they can avoid any legal bumps in the road you might encounter if you did this yourself. It is their job to be your trusted advisor on all legal matters throughout your case.

  3. Solicitor obtains a medical report

    The most important document needed to prove your injuries is your medial report. The reason a solicitor will ask for your doctor’s details or if you have attended the hospital is so they can obtain all the medical reports required to pursue the case for you.

  4. Solicitor prepares the Injuries Board application

    As soon as your solicitor has gathered all the information, your injury claim* will be submitted to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board for assessment. You solicitor will do this for you. Once the Injuries Board assess your claim your solicitor will revert with a suggested settlement amount. At this stage you have a choice to accept the Injuries Board assessment or reject it and move the next steps.

    At this point one of two scenarios will unfold:

    a. If both you and the party at fault accept the Injuries Board assessment, your case is settled and the person at fault will be ordered to pay settlement to you.

    b. If either you or the person at fault reject the Injuries Board assessment, then you move to the next stage and your solicitor will issue legal proceedings.

  5. Possible case outcomes

    Before you start to concern yourself with court and everything that comes with it, it’s important to understand that only a very small percentage of cases actually make it to a courtroom.

    Settlement meetings will be arranged where a settlement can be negotiated. Most cases are settled at this point without ever having to step foot into a courtroom and remember it’s your solicitor’s job to be with you every step of the way, right beside you to ensure that your best interests are met at all stages. Your solicitor is to be your trusted advisor throughout the process and to let you focus of your recovery, as they focus on settling your case.

At Tracey’s we make law accessible to all — regardless of your knowledge or experience with the claims process. For more information and a confidential discussion on your car accident, phone 01 649 9900 where you can speak with a member of our team straight away, or email ask@traceysolicitors.ie to tell us about your case.

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Case Settlement

If you are to proceed with an injury claim* you may be entitled to claim compensation for the injury and added expenses you may have incurred. These claims are called damages.

General Damages

General damages are non-financial damages such as pain and suffering and/or physical and emotional injuries following an accident*.

Special Damages

Special damages are out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the injury*, for example, loss of earnings (if you are out of work), medical bills, and added travel costs as a result of the injury (for example, travel to and from the hospital). Learn more about Special Damages

Material Damages

Material damage refers to damage caused to your personal property. For example, in a road traffic accident, the material damage would be the damage to your car.

What are the Legal Time Limits?

The statute of limitations are the legal time limits on how long you have to make a claim — these vary depending on the situation. The general rule for most personal injury cases* is that the person has two years from the date of the accident or date of knowledge of the accident* to make a claim for compensation. Contacting a solicitor to discuss your case will help you in determining how long you have left to make a claim.

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