Filing a Claim for a Pinched Nerve (Radiculopathy) from a Car Accident
Pain from a pinched nerve from a car accident can make it difficult to work or go about your daily life. You may be entitled to compensation for your pinched nerve if another driver caused your accident. Below, we discuss how a car accident causes a pinched nerve and how you can recover the compensation you need.
A pinched nerve, medically known as radiculopathy, happens when surrounding tissue compresses a nerve. The tissue invades the space of the nerve because the injury caused the tissue to swell or move from its correct location.
An example of a radiculopathy from a car accident is when a driver suffers wrist injuries from gripping the steering wheel too tightly before an impact (common in rear-end collisions). The swelling in the wrists can act as a vice grip on the nerves in the driver’s carpal tunnel, an area in the wrist. The driver will feel numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in the wrists and hands. He may be unable to use his hands properly.
In addition to wrist injuries from rear-end collisions, another common way that car accidents cause radiculopathies is when a person suffers a herniated disc in the crash. When a disc herniates, the soft inside of the disc bulges out and compresses nearby nerves.
When something is pinching a nerve, the nerve cannot function properly. Radiculopathy from a bulging disc in your back can cause a sensation of “pins and needles” in your legs and feet. You may have difficulty lifting your feet normally, which can interfere with your ability to stand and walk. You may also have weakness in your legs.
It is vital that you get prompt medical attention for your injuries after a crash. The more time that goes by before you get a professional medical examination, the more difficult it will be to prove that your injuries were the result of the collision.
When you see your doctor or go to the emergency room or urgent care center for treatment, make sure she writes in your medical records that you were in a car accident and that you were not having these symptoms before the wreck. This information in your medical history can help provide the necessary link between your injury and the accident.
When you suffer a pinched nerve from a collision, you likely require treatment and need to take time off work. You are also likely in pain quite often. If you were not at fault in the crash, you could get compensation for your medical bills, the cost of treatments, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Most radiculopathies respond well to conservative treatment. The more treatment you need and the more time lost from work, the higher the value of your claim. Some people must undergo surgery to achieve the best possible results. If the nerve suffers permanent damage, you may have chronic pain, which will add to the amount of compensation you may receive.
If you experienced a pinched nerve in a car accident that was not your fault, the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. can help you recover the compensation you need and deserve. Call us today at 404-474-0804 to set up your free, no obligation consultation.