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Nerve Injury

Nerve Injury Compensation Claims

Nerve damage is a common outcome of medical accidents due to poor treatment in hospitals or receiving care. Even small nerve injuries can have lasting effects on your body, potentially causing severe pain and disability. If you have suffered nerve damage due to improper medical care, you may have the right to make a claim.

Nerve injuries may occur in a number of ways, although most commonly as a result of surgery or needle use (i.e. while taking blood or administration of medication). When performing surgical procedures, surgeons often have to navigate around nerve fibres, and if even a small mistake is made, nerves can be damaged, trapped or even severed.

Nerve damage may only be temporary, but in more serious cases can be permanent, and cause life-changing disability. If you have suffered nerve damage, the symptoms will most likely be noticed soon after the medical accident, and may include:

  • Pain
  • Cold sensation
  • Burning or extreme tingling
  • A heavy feeling in arms or legs
  • Problems manipulating or holding objects, or moving feet and toes
  • Pins and needles or numbness

Debilitating pain may prevent you from being able to work, and long-term loss of sensation may lead to loss of function in the part of the body affected.

If you have suffered from any nerve damage, you may be able to make a claim for compensation for your losses, to cover the physical and emotional trauma you have endured, and the financial costs you have incurred due to the accident. The amount you could receive depends largely on the severity of the damage and any additional financial losses, including:

  • Loss of earnings or work
  • Hiring help for housework
  • Paying for Nurse care in the home
  • The costs of private treatment if the NHS service has a long waiting list.

As with any injuries or damage resulting from medical treatment, it is vitally important to speak with a medical negligence Solicitor (i.e. a legal professional who specialises solely in this field). A general personal injury Solicitor will not have the necessary credentials and experience necessary to prove such a case, and therefore make sure you have the best possible chance of receiving compensation.

More often than not, such claims are settled before going to court, especially if the evidence is overwhelming or the trust or doctor have readily admitted fault. An experienced Solicitor will be able to inform you as to whether the settlement amount is appropriate — if not, you may need to progress to court.

If you have suffered a serious nerve injury, the consequences can be extremely damaging and painful.

Been Let Down has a team of specialist medical negligence Solicitors that can help with all types of nerve injury compensation claims. Having dealt with many cases in the past, our team are knowledgeable, skillful and receptive to our clients’ needs.

Types of claims

If you think you have suffered nerve injury as a result of surgery that has gone wrong, or insufficient or incorrect care and attention, we can pursue your claim. We will gather evidence and present it to the appropriate NHS Trust, Doctor or specialist.

The first step is to get in touch with us, let us take the details of your claim and assess whether your claim is likely to have merit.

How might injury occur?

Nerve injury can result due to many things, particularly mistakes made during surgery or when administering injections. It may also been that when you had surgery, it was not properly explained to you that a nerve related injury could occur.
If Surgeons do not take notice of nerves within the body during surgery then various surgical errors can occur with:

  • Hip or knee replacements
  • Hernia surgery
  • Removal of tumours or growths
  • Hand Surgery
  • Facial Surgery
  • Cosmetic Procedures/ Surgery
  • General Surgery

If injections are not given accurately and correctly when taking blood or giving relief from pain, problems from needles can occur, such as:

  • Spinal cord damage
  • Damage to nerves in the arms or legs
  • Damage to the central nervous system

How can compensation help?

If you are unfortunate enough to have incurred nerve injury due to any of the examples given above or indeed any other medical, surgical or nursing error, then we can help you to claim the compensation that is due to you.

You may have been unable to work and hence lost earnings. Family life may have been disrupted, relationships negatively impacted, and you may have been unable to look after your children. Household chores and cooking may have been impossible. This will be taken into account.

We will also look at how long you have been incapacitated for, how long the injury may remain, what your circumstances are like now compared to before the injury, 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.

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