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Nerve damage and road traffic accident compensation

Nerve damage is something that affects hundreds of people throughout Australia. It can arise as a result of a disease such as diabetes, or through brain injury or damage to the spinal cord. Figures from Neuroscience Research Australia show there are between 350 and 400 new cases of nerve damage each year, with many of them experienced in light of motor vehicle accidents.

Nerve damage can create lifelong problems.

Nerve damage can create lifelong problems.

If you have suffered nerve damage as a result of an accident, be sure to speak to a compensation lawyer. As this article will show, the effects of nerve pain can be lifelong, so it’s important to seek the financial payout you deserve.

What is nerve damage?

Nerve damage is particularly distinctive in that it often feels different to other types of pain, Health Direct explains. It usually feels like a shooting, burning or stabbing sensation that could most easily be described as being like an electric shock.

It usually arises as a result of problems in the brain and spinal cord, or nerves in specific muscles or organs. It is possible to verify the source of the nerve pain by speaking to a doctor or specialist.

Daily challenges of living with nerve pain

Although in some instances the symptoms associated with nerve damage can be relatively minor, there are some sufferers who find themselves faced with daily discomfort that is especially difficult to deal with.

The effects of nerve damage will vary from person to person, which is why it’s so important to speak to a medical professional about the best course of action for your specific situation.

As Pain Australia notes, exercise is a crucial part of everyday life, but for those with nerve damage, it might not always be possible. If this is the case, then sufferers need to ensure they don’t over-exert themselves and only do the amount of physical activity they can cope with.

The group also reveals that stress and anxiety are often outcomes of nerve pain. They can make the problem worse, so keeping these under control is critical to making steps towards recovery.

A combination of different health experts are usually needed to treat nerve pain. These can range from psychologists to dieticians, acupuncturists to physiotherapists, showing just how widespread the difficulties really can be.

Nerve pain is often a side effect of a serious injury resulting from a car crash or motor vehicle accident where heavy forces are in play. We also see nerve damage in clients who have suffered slip and fall injuries falling heavily on their backsides, causing trauma to their spinal cord and neck. Other common accidents happen on worksites from lifting heavy objects or from the result of blunt force trauma. Nerve pain is an additional injury to the main physical injury, ie. slipped disks, bulging vertebrae, abnormalities to spinal cord and lower back problems which have developed over time.

It is important to have a specialist doctor identify all symptoms and injuries an accident has caused. With the right lawyers seeking evidence from experienced medical practitioners who know what to look for, your primary compensation claim can be developed so that you receive the maximum payout. In doing this, we are also supporting various other compensation and insurance claims which may be available to you such as common law negligence claims and whole injury damages claim if it was a result of a work accident. If the injury is one which has prevented you from working, a claim under your superannuation fund, known as a total and permanent disability (TPD) claim, should be available to you. Experienced personal injury lawyers at our firm will be in constant contact with each other. This is how we provide a superior legal service, much superior to others in the field.

For help pursuing your compensation claim for nerve damage, get in touch with the team at PK Simpson.

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