After a New Haven auto accident, injuries can show up days or weeks after the impact including nerve injuries. They may not appear as serious as a broken bone or bruising, but nerve damage often lasts longer and requires ongoing medical care. Nerve damage may become just as debilitating as an injury you can see, hindering work and decreasing your overall quality of life.
Nerves can interfere with the transmission of signals when damaged. When a New Haven auto accident happens, the sudden movements and impact may put pressure on the back and spinal cord. Motion isn’t the same in all accidents and your body could experience any of the following:
- Blunt Force Trauma: When a victim hits his or her head, legs, arms or another body part on a hard surface, the nerves may become compressed.
- Neck Sprain and Strain: Any ligaments or tissues within the neck may be stretched or torn from an accident, resulting in general pain and stiffness.
- Herniated Discs: Also called a ruptured or slipped disc, this condition occurs when an accident places too much pressure on the spine. The victim experiences a combination of pain, numbness and weakness in the back and neck area.
- Broken or Dislocated Bones: In general, a bone moved out of place may compress or damage any neighboring nerves.
If you or a loved one was injured, a New Haven auto accident attorney might be able to help you. Contact our office to schedule your free consultation.