Nerve Damage

Nerve Damage After Surgery

There are over 100 different types of nerve damage; each has its own causes. The symptoms of nerve damage range largely in their severity, from pain, sensitivity, numbness and tingling at the lower end of the scale, up to paralysis, bladder disfunction and the inability to sense chest pain (angina) at the higher end of the scale.

Much peripheral nerve damage occurs in the elderly and in diabetics. Peripheral nerves are those allowing for sensation in your peripherals, such as fingers and toes. Other types of nerve damage are caused by autoimmune diseases, motor neuron diseases and cancer. This is not an exhaustive list; however there are also some types of nerve damage which result from medical negligence.

Nerve Compression And Trauma

This is not a case of medical negligence in most instances. However, specific compression disorders such as cauda equina are caused by the compression of nerves in the spine due to a prolapsed disk in many cases. Cauda equina is considered a medical emergency and therefore it must be treated immediately to prevent lasting damage. Consequently, for any nerve damage which has been caused or caused to worsen due to a misdiagnosis, failure to treat or a failure to diagnose there may be a potential to gain compensation.

Medication Side Effects To Nerves

Some medications such as HIV treatments and cancer chemotherapy can cause nerve pain and nerve damage. Before you are administered these kinds of medicine by a medical professional, all of the potential risks should be outlined to you. In the case that the side effects of the medicine that is being used to treat you are not explained to you in full and you experience severe nerve damage which would have led you to in fact, in your opinion, reject the offer of the treatment itself; you may be able to make a claim against your doctor.

Incorrectly Administered Anaesthesia Causing Nerve Damage

Incorrectly injected spinal anaesthesia can lead to paralysis and severe nerve damage. Should spinal anaesthesia be injected too highly in the spine, these symptoms can present themselves. It may also be the case that breathing fails, or the heart fails due to the body’s subsequent inability to control the muscles in the chest itself.

Treating Nerve Damage

Nerve damage may be treated in a number of ways depending on the cause:

  • Adjust blood sugar levels in a diabetic
  • Change of medication
  • Correction of nutritional deficiencies
  • Physiotherapy
  • Surgery

The symptoms of nerve damage should be picked up quickly by your doctor and treatment should be appropriately tailored towards your individual needs. Should treatment be inappropriate or your doctor fails to provide the tests required to diagnose you; you again may be able to make a medical negligence claim.

Contact specialist medical negligence solicitors today, 1st Claims have focused on medical negligence claims for many years and have all the specialist knowledge required to help you.

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If you have sustained nerve damage during a procedure, you will be entitled to compensation for the damages you have incurred. To begin your medical negligence claim, you need to speak to a solicitor who specialises in this area of the law.

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