If you have suffered a nerve injury, you know how stressful it can be to wait and see what comes next. Nerve damage is quite unpredictable. Some people make fast and full recoveries, while others may never have full usage of the affected extremity again. Because of this, calculating compensation for this type of injury can be a challenge.
That’s why it’s important to work with a personal injury attorney you can trust to advocate aggressively for you. Find out how Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough & Howell can support you as you heal. To schedule a meeting now, call our Chatom office at 251-336-3411 or our Bay Minette office at 251-336-3697.
How Nerve Damage Can Affect You
Nerve damage can happen anywhere in your body, and its location has a significant influence on what your healing journey looks like. A severed or damaged nerve can leave you with pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in the arms, legs, fingers, or toes. It can also affect your ability to control your legs or chest if the injury impacts your mobility. In some cases, nerve damage can even affect your brain.
Most injuries can be classified fairly easily, but the same cannot be said for nerve damage. Whether it is minor, moderate, or severe depends entirely on how the healing process goes in the days, weeks, months, or even years after the crash.
Factors Influencing Your Compensation
A lot of factors go into the calculation of your settlement, which is why it’s important to consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. It’s impossible for an attorney to give a fair and educated number without knowing the details of your accident and injuries.
Some of the factors that may play into your compensation calculation include:
- What part of your body is affected
- How much healing progress you have made already
- What your medical reports say
- What treatments you have tried and what treatments you have yet to try
- How other victims with similar injuries have healed
- What type of work you do and whether or not it’s likely to be affected by your injury
- How much pain or discomfort you feel because of the injury
Types of Compensation
You may be entitled to several types of compensation after an injury, if it is not your fault, especially if you have sustained nerve injuries. You should talk to your attorney about compensation for:
- Medical expenses: The costs of treating nerve damage can be extraordinarily high. While some injuries heal without any medical intervention, others require multiple surgeries, long bouts of physical therapy, and pain management. A fair settlement ensures that you don’t bear these costs on your own.
- Lost income: If your nerve damage affects your ability to work, either by limiting the tasks you can do or preventing you from working entirely, you may be owed compensation for that financial loss. Don’t forget compensation for lost future wages if your injury may be permanent.
- Pain and suffering: Nerve damage can be very painful, and time lost to pain is time you will never get back. Compensation is often awarded in these situations.
How to Pursue Fair Compensation
Once you know what types of compensation are often awarded to nerve damage victims, your next step is figuring out how you can get the settlement or court award you deserve. It all starts with a consultation with a Chatom or Bay Minette personal injury lawyer.
An experienced car accident attorney will know what type of evidence is necessary in these types of cases, how to negotiate with the insurance company, and how to calculate fair compensation. The sooner you connect with an attorney, the sooner they can begin working on your claim and advocating for you. Keep copies of medical records, medical bills, time spent off of work, and any other accident-related documentation.
We’re Here to Help—Contact Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough & Howell Now
When you’re ready to move forward with your personal injury claim, we’re ready to sit down and talk to you about your next steps. Just contact our team online, call our Chatom office at 251-336-3411, or call our Bay Minette office at 251-336-3697.