Car accidents can also cause fractures (broken bones) in the lower back. If a bone fragment gets loose, it can pinch the sciatic nerve. Other types of back and leg injuries can also cause swelling or inflammation that pinches the sciatic nerve.
Sciatic nerve damage can happen to anyone involved in a car accident, but the risk is higher for people with certain underlying medical conditions like spinal stenosis. Unfortunately, some people are at elevated risk and don’t even know it – the underlying condition may not have any symptoms until it’s aggravated by a car crash.
Other types of nerve damage from car accidents
Another nerve that is commonly affected by car accidents is the ulnar nerve (commonly called the “funny bone”), one of the three main nerves in the arm. Unlike most other major nerves in the body, the ulnar nerve is not well protected by surrounding muscles and bones, so it’s quite susceptible to injury, especially in the elbow area. Car accidents can cause a pinched ulnar nerve if the shoulder, humerus (upper arm bone), elbow, or forearm is fractured or dislocated.
Some of the symptoms of an ulnar nerve injury from a car accident can include:
- Numbness or tingling while performing activities that require repetitive motion of the fingers or hands, such as typing, writing, or drawing.
- Reduced strength, burning sensation, or “pins and needles” in the fingers, hand, or forearm.
- Swelling in the elbow area.
Car accidents can cause many other types of nerve damage as well, including damage to the spinal nerves, sensory nerves, and digital nerves. Depending on the nature and extent of the damage, nerve damage can cause permanent paralysis and disability. For example, damage to the nerves in the upper arm (often called “biker’s arm,” but it’s not exclusive to bikers) can cause permanent partial paralysis or total loss of use of the arm. Damage to the nerves in the brain or spinal cord can cause permanent paralysis or disability. The long-term cost of such injuries can be substantial, especially if they affect your ability to work or do the things you love. That’s where a car accident lawyer can make a meaningful difference in such situations.
What’s the value of a nerve damage settlement from a car accident?
There’s no single average settlement or verdict for nerve damage, as every case is unique. But the potential cost of a nerve injury can easily be in the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. Some of the costs that should be included in your settlement include:
- Medical expenses, ranging from emergency treatment to long-term care.
- Lost wages, if your nerve damage affects your ability to work and earn an income.
- Pain and suffering, which can be quite substantial as many nerve injuries cause chronic pain.
- Modifications to your home or vehicle to accommodate a permanent disability or assistive devices such as a wheelchair.
- Replacement services if your nerve damage affects your ability to care for children, perform household chores, and so on.
Again, depending on the circumstances, the full value of a car accident nerve damage settlement can easily be in the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. However, the insurance companies don’t always see it that way. Your injury is a threat to their bottom line, and they may offer you a “lowball” figure or try to dispute or deny your injury claim. That’s why you need the right legal representation to fight for what you rightfully deserve.
An experienced car accident lawyer can help
Our legal team has the experience and resources to fight for the full value for your nerve damage and other injuries. We start by thoroughly investigating the accident to find out who was at fault and must be held liable. We also document the full cost of your injuries, including both short-term and long-term expenses. If necessary, we may hire experts to explain the cost of your injuries and your medical prognosis. We have a strong track record of success in cases involving nerve damage, including a $902,000 verdict for a motorcyclist who developed numbness and weakness in his hands after being rear-ended.
We will negotiate and, if necessary, litigate on your behalf to pursue full compensation for your injuries. Sometimes, we’re able to reach a fair settlement with the insurance company. If not, we are prepared to take legal action. Either way, we will keep you informed about the progress of your case while giving you space to focus on healing.
A car accident resulting in nerve damage can change your life forever. We’re prepared to do the work to help you rebuild. Schedule your free consultation with a car accident lawyer at Pajcic & Pajcic today.