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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.Tell Us About Your Case
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 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.
Nerve damage can be a result of a number of different scenarios, causing severe pain and discomfort. Some of these scenarios include:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
The most important document needed to prove your injuries is your medical 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.
As soon as your solicitor has gathered all the information, your injury claim will be submitted to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board for assessment. Your 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 to 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.
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 on your recovery, as they focus on settling your case.
At Tracey Solicitors LLP, 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 accident, phone 01 649 9900 where you can speak with a member of our team straight away, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us about your case.
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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 are non-financial damages such as pain and suffering and/or physical and emotional injuries following an accident.
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 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.
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.Learn more about Time Limits
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