Peripheral nerve damage, or peripheral neuropathy (PN), is damage or disease that affects the nerves in the body that lie outside of the brain and spinal cord. These nerves are typically responsible for functions such as sensation, movement, gland/organ function, or other functions depending on the location of the nerve. Damage to such nerves can be serious and can affect various aspects of bodily functions.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of peripheral nerve injury, followed by pedestrian injuries and gunshot injuries. Other causes include surgery error, repetitive motion injuries, industrial/work accidents, and trauma accidents. Infections and toxins can also cause peripheral nerve damage. Common symptoms of peripheral nerve damage include:
- A sensation of “pins-and-needles”
- Numbness/lack of feeling
- Muscle weakness
- Lack of motor coordination
Peripheral nerve damage can be long-term and can lead to other complications and medical condition. Treatment can range from pain relief medication to more extensive rehabilitation and therapy sessions.
Depending on the facts surrounding the injury or accident, different parties can be held liable for peripheral nerve damage. In cases where a motor vehicle accident or other similar accident has caused the nerve damage, the party that was negligent may be held liable for the injuries and damage. An example of this is where a person negligence or recklessness in driving caused an accident that resulted in peripheral nerve damage to another driver. Here, the negligent driver may be held liable for injuries resulting from the accident.
In the case of surgery error, the operating physician can be held liable for medical malpractice if their negligence caused a patient’s peripheral nerve injury or damage. An example of this is where the surgeon performed a procedure in a way that did not follow acceptable medical standards for surgery safety.
In other cases, defective products can be the cause of peripheral nerve damage. This is often the case with products that cause falls, lacerations, burns, or other injuries. In these types of cases, the manufacturer may be held liable for the injuries under a product defect legal theory.
Peripheral nerve damage can be serious and, as mentioned, can lead to long-term conditions that can affect a person’s daily life. Peripheral nerve damage lawsuits will likely result in a monetary damages award that is issued to the injured person. The damages award will provide compensation for losses and costs such as hospital bills, additional rehabilitation costs, and other losses like a loss of future earning capacity.
Peripheral nerve damage claims can be complex and can involve a number of different injury laws and legal theories. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a lawsuit. Your attorney can provide you with advice and representation for your case.