Nerve Injury Compensation Claims
Nerve damage can often be the outcome of poor treatment or surgical errors. When you or a loved one experience substandard hospital treatment or care, even small nerve injuries can have a lasting impact. For anyone coming to terms with severe pain or disability after receiving improper medical care, you may be able to make a nerve injury claim.
At Been Let Down, we have a team of specialist medical negligence solicitors who can help with all types of nerve injury compensation claims. We have extensive experience of helping families like yours with their nerve damage claims. And we’re ready to help yours too – offering you the full benefit of our team’s skills, knowledge and absolute understanding of your unique situation.
What is nerve damage?
Our bodies contain hundreds of nerves that run from the top of the head down to the tips of the toes. As part of our nervous system, nerves are complex bundles of fibres that send and receive messages between the brain and other parts of the body. This system controls everything we do – so anything that disrupts this flow of signals and information can have a major impact.
It can happen in a number of ways and have various causes but any damage to these fragile bundles of fibres always has the potential to have significant and life-changing consequences. It could stop the brain telling your body what to do, for example. Or it could stop the body telling the brain what it’s feeling.
What are the different types of nerve damage?
Nerve damage can affect the central nervous system or the peripheral network of nerves in our extremities – such as our hands, arms, feet or legs. Some of the types of damage can include:
- Extreme compression/pressure
- Stretch or traction injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Injections/improper needle use
- Cauda Equina – damage/compression to the spinal nerves in the lower back
How is nerve damage caused?
In surgical procedures, professionals must often work around nerve fibres. And it can only take a small mistake to damage, trap or even sever the nerve. This damage might only be short-term. But, in more serious cases, it can be permanent – and cause life-changing disability. In some cases the nerve damage may have been unavoidable and a recognised risk of a certain procedure, in others it may have been totally avoidable and caused negligently.
You could also be able to make a nerve damage claim if it’s not properly explained to you that a nerve-related injury could occur. If so, it’s important to get advice from specialist legal experts.
Some of most common nerve damage injury claims we deal with can involve:
- Hip or knee replacements
- Hernia surgery
- Removal of tumours or growths
- Hand surgery
- Facial surgery
- Cosmetic procedures/surgery
- Delay in surgical fixation of fractures when nerves have been damaged at the time of injury
- Delay in diagnosis of Cauda Equina surgery, which can result in paralysis and incontinence.
Our team also has significant experience of working on nerve damage claims where an injection isn’t given accurately or correctly when taking blood or administering pain relief. The issues that can occur as a result include:
- Spinal cord damage
- Damage to nerves in the arms or legs
- Damage to the central nervous system
Has a medical error or negligence caused nerve damage and left you counting the cost of a long-term injury or disability? Our team might be able to help you claim nerve damage compensation. To find out more, call 0800 234 3234 or contact us and a member of our legal team will call you back.
How do I know if I have suffered nerve damage?
If you suffer nerve damage, it’s more than likely that you’ll notice the symptoms soon after the medical accident. The tell-tale signs may include:
- Sharp, stabbing or burning pain
- Cold – or the loss of – sensation
- Numbness or extreme tingling
- A heavy feeling in the arms/legs
- Problems when holding objects
- Loss of co-ordination or balance
In some cases, nerve damage can also have an emotional impact or disrupt your ability to sleep. No matter the signs or symptoms, the effect on you or a loved one can be severe. And if it’s the result of a medical error, our nerve damage claims specialists are ready to help.
Can I claim compensation for nerve damage?
Do you think that either you or a loved one are suffering from a nerve injury due to surgery that went wrong? Or maybe you feel that you received insufficient or incorrect care that led to nerve damage? If so, we’re here to see if we can help you make a nerve injury claim.
For a claim to succeed, we need to prove – on the balance of probabilities – that your injury was caused by a surgical error or medical negligence. But that’s what our specialist solicitors are here for. We’ll gather the evidence and present it to the NHS Trust, doctor or specialist involved.
Why should I make a nerve injury claim?
We fully understand how difficult it can be for you or a loved one to come to terms with a nerve injury. It can be especially tough when you feel someone else is at fault. It can change the way you do things – sometimes for life. And that’s something you simply can’t prepare for.
The debilitating pain that’s often a result of nerve damage could stop you being able to work. The long-term loss of sensation, meanwhile, may lead to loss of function in the part of the body affected. Of course, no amount of nerve damage compensation can undo that pain and suffering.
But, if you suffer from any form of nerve damage, there are some important reasons why it can be a good idea to make a claim. If nothing else, your nerve damage claim could make sure that you can cover any losses and costs incurred. As well as going some way to ease your physical or emotional distress.
If it’s the result of a medical accident, it can also help procedures to be put in place to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. That way, no one else will have to endure the pain and suffering that you have.
How do I make a nerve injury claim?
For our legal team, it’s part of our job to ensure you feel comfortable at each stage of the nerve injury claim process. Our dedicated medical negligence solicitors take care of everything on your behalf – using their skills and experience to help your claim succeed.
To start, all you need to do is get in touch with us. If you believe you were let down by a medical professional and suffered nerve damage as a result, it’s only right that you get the chance to put things back on track. So, call 0800 234 3234 or contact us to see if we’re able to help.
If we think you have a case, we’ll also tell you if you can make your nerve damage claim on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. Then, it’s a case of deciding if you want to go ahead.
If the answer is ‘yes’, our solicitor will guide you through the whole nerve damage claim process. They’ll collect the evidence needed to build a strong case – and keep you updated at all times.
Will I have to go to court?
More often than not, your nerve injury claim will be settled without the need to go to court. This is particularly the case where the evidence is overwhelming – or the trust or doctor readily admit fault. Our solicitors will be able tell you if the settlement amount is appropriate too.
If not, you may need to go to court. Don’t worry though; we’ll be there for you throughout the whole process and will let you know what to expect.
How long do I have to make a claim?
In most cases, you have three years to start a nerve damage compensation claim. This period starts either from the date of the medical accident or when you first learn that it was the reason for your injuries. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule if you’re making a claim for:
- A child under the age of 18
- Another adult who no longer has the capacity to make a claim themselves
How much nerve damage compensation could I receive?
The amount of nerve damage compensation you could receive depends largely on the severity of the injury – and any additional financial losses. These losses could include:
- Loss of earnings or work
- Hiring help for housework
- Paying for care in the home
- The cost of private treatment
We’ll also look at how long you’ve been incapacitated for and how long it’s likely your injury will affect you – even if the impact is lifelong. Ultimately, any nerve damage compensation that you receive is based on your own unique circumstances and what the outlook is for your future.
We have an expert legal team ready and willing to help with all nerve injury claims, so get in touch with us now.
Why choose Been Let Down?
With any injury or damage caused by medical treatment, it’s essential you speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor. A general personal injury solicitor may not have the required skills or expertise to make sure you have the best possible chance of success.
And that’s exactly why you can trust Been Let Down with your nerve damage claim.
- We’re experts in our field
Our team of specialist solicitors know what it takes for a nerve damage claim to succeed. With us, you can be sure you’re receiving expert advice and guidance at all times.
- Fully accredited
We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The SRA set the professional standards that solicitors need to adhere to in England and Wales.
- A proven record of success
We’re proud of securing compensation for many families living with the impact of nerve damage. If we think your claim has the potential to succeed, our record suggests it will.
- Supporting you at all times
There can be numerous challenges to overcome on the path to recovery after a serious injury. We’re here to help you along that path with the care and compassion you need.
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