Medical Negligence Claims for Nerve Damage

Author:
Jodie Cook
Senior Associate, Medical Negligence Lawyer
Date:
24/10/2019

Nerve damage can be the consequence of a surgeon failing to identify a nerve while performing surgery, or mistakes when administering injections, taking blood or providing pain relief.

If you believe your nerve damage was the result of a clinical or medical mistake made by a healthcare practitioner, such as failing to check the location of nerves before providing treatment, you may be able to claim compensation.

If the mistake can be proven, our Medical Negligence Solicitors can help you secure the compensation you’re entitled to, and will offer clear, straightforward legal advice throughout the claims process. We may be able to handle your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis - just ask us for details.

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Why Claim Compensation for Nerve Damage?

While no amount of money can reverse what’s happened, it’s important that you’re able to get back in the same position you were in before the negligence occurred, at least as much as possible.

A nerve injury can:

      • Affect your earning capacity
      • Stop you doing activities you enjoy doing
      • Prevent you performing essential day-to-day tasks, such as cooking, cleaning and personal grooming
      • Cause great emotional distress

But with the right compensation settlement, you can deal with each of these problems directly, without facing any significant financial pressures. An appropriate amount of compensation can cover any loss of earnings you’ve experienced and potential future losses, as well as enable you to access the care and support you need at home, in hospital and/or with specialist therapists.

Claiming medical negligence compensation may also lead to important changes in how care is provided to patients in the future by the NHS. Indeed, your case may highlight common errors and lead to procedural changes that reduce the chances of other people suffering from negligence in the same way.

Interim Payments of Compensation

If we take on your case, our Medical Negligence Solicitors will contact the NHS Trust responsible for your nerve damage asking them to accept responsibility. If they agree that they’re liable, and don’t dispute the matter, we can push for you to receive Interim Payments to meet any urgent needs you may have; before the case has concluded.

This means you’ll be able to access treatment and deal with any pressing financial burdens straight away, rather than wait for legal proceedings to be concluded in full. The amount you receive in interim payments will be taken out of the final sum you receive.

Time Limit on Nerve Damage Claims

You must make a nerve damage injury claim within 3 years of the date that the medical negligence took place, or from the date you became aware of the negligence. The only exception is when the claim concerns a child, in which case the claim needs to be brought within 3 years of their 18th birthday.

What are the Signs of Nerve Damage?

Common symptoms of nerve damage injury can include:

        • Tingling and prickling sensations
        • Greater sensitivity
        • Stabbing pains
        • Loss of feeling
        • Numbness
        • Burning sensation
        • Immobility
        • Impaired balance

In the most extreme cases of nerve damage, a person can be left paralysed, which in turn would have a massive effect on their quality of life.

You may not be immediately aware that you’ve suffered nerve damage as a result of your recent medical treatment. Indeed, you may only start showing signs of nerve damage shortly afterwards, and make a connection to your medical treatment later still.

Our specialist team of Medical Negligence Solicitors have recovered hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation for victims of medical negligence. See Medical Negligence Case Studies.

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