The nervous system plays a crucial role in the working of the human body. The central nervous system runs from the brain down the spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system is the network of nerves which lies outside the central nervous system. It comprises different types of nerve involved in the transmitting sensations such as pain and touch, the control of muscles and for regulating automatic functions such as blood pressure and bladder function. If a nerve or nerves are damaged, the person affected you can suffer very considerable pain, a permanent disability or both.

Richard Blair, a Personal Injury Solicitor at WBW Solicitors in Paignton, outlines common causes of nerve damage and explains your rights if such an injury happens to you as a result of someone else’s negligence.

Causes of nerve injury

There are three types of nerves in the peripheral nervous system, autonomic nerves, motor nerves, and sensory nerves. Nerve damage can be caused in a variety of ways. These include: –

  • A disease process or an illness. For example, diabetes.
  • Trauma resulting from a road traffic, workplace or other forms of accident.
  • Medical negligence.

Personal injury claims

If you, or someone you know, are injured as a result of an accident caused by someone else, you may be entitled to seek compensation and should consult a solicitor specialising in personal injury litigation.

Medical negligence

To bring a successful clinical negligence claim, the patient has to prove that: –

The Doctor – or Doctors – who caused the injury owed him or her a duty of care, that they breached that duty and that substandard care caused injury and loss.

How a solicitor can help

It is important to seek early expert legal advice if you suffer nerve damage as a result of an accident or possible medical negligence. A specialist clinical negligence lawyer will take instructions and advise whether you have or may have a valid claim. Evidence to support and prove the claim is gathered. A medical expert – or experts – will be instructed to report. The evidence will look at breach of duty (“negligence”) and injury caused by negligence. Many people who suffer injury as a result of medical negligence suffer financial loss. The patient may be prevented from working in the short or the long-term.

Your solicitor will do his best to negotiate an out-of-court settlement so that you receive the compensation you are entitled to and guide you through the process if your case has to go to court.

The compensation you receive for a nerve injury claim will depend on a number of factors such as the severity of your injury and the effect it has on your life. Damages may be recoverable for:

  • pain and suffering;
  • loss of earnings;
  • additional medical treatment or rehabilitation;
  • out-of-pocket expenses; or

For further information, please contact Richard Blair, Partner and Member of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel at WBW Solicitors on 01803 546134 or email richardblair@wbw.co.uk. WBW Solicitors has offices in Newton Abbot, Paignton, Torquay, Bovey Tracey, Exeter, Launceston, Exmouth, Sidmouth and Honiton.

This article is for general information only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Please note that the law may have changed since this article was published.