Nerve damage is known to cause one of the worst pains a human being can experience, along with a disability that can result in the inability to work temporarily or permanently. However, proving in a personal injury case that disabling neurological damage has occurred can be difficult. Peripheral nerves are fragile and easily damaged. Nerve injury can affect the brain's ability to communicate with muscles and organs.
Damage to the peripheral nerves is called peripheral neuropathy. A variety of blood tests may be done to determine the cause of nerve damage. These tests can look for high blood glucose levels, onset of diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, etc. While the plaintiff can never establish the exact dollar value of pain and suffering from nerve damage, objectively demonstrating that nerve damage occurred is possible.
Diagnostic nerve conduction tests may show nerve impairment. Less directly, it can sometimes be shown that the plaintiff's injuries commonly or always lead to nerve damage, usually with the help of expert medical testimony. Once the fact of nerve damage is established, the plaintiff will state what his personal experience has been and the impact that the injuries have had on all aspects of life. In any case, the testimony of a medical expert will be required regarding the tests, the common symptoms of injuries and any other sophisticated medical arguments or evidence.
Nerve damage can be difficult to prove because the nerves are inside the body and because everyone experiences pain differently. But that doesn't mean that the damage isn't present or that the pain is less real. Personal injury lawyers work on cases that involve nerve damage all the time. They have experience working with injured people and their doctors to demonstrate how nerve damage affects daily life.
When a particular part of the body is suddenly difficult or impossible to move, this could mean that there is damage to the motor nerve. Weakness or paralysis can also be a sign of a stroke, so you'll definitely want to seek immediate medical attention.