Nerve damage due to a work-related injury is more common than many people think. Work-related nerve damage can result in permanent injuries to your feet, hands, back, legs, or neck that can prevent you from returning to work. If you can return to work, the nerve damage may prevent you from performing the same type of work, which may result in a substantial reduction in income.
Under Indiana’s workers’ compensation laws, employees who suffer work-related nerve damage may be entitled to receive workers’ comp benefits. If you believe you have suffered nerve damage at work, it is imperative you take action now to protect your right to receive benefits.
Symptoms of Nerve Damage
Proper nerve function is essential for out body to function correctly. Nerves are part of all essential bodily functions, including digestion, respiration, mobility, and sensation. Therefore, symptoms of nerve damage depend greatly on what area of the body is impacted by the nerve damage. However, common signs that you may be suffering from nerve damage include:
- Burning sensations
- Sensitivity to touch
- Bladder or bowel issues
- Sexual dysfunction
- Loss of coordination or balance
- Vision problems
- Loss of hearing
- Muscular degeneration
Causes of Nerve Damage
There are hundreds of different causes of nerve damage; however, one of the most common causes of nerve damage is diabetes. One in four people with diabetes develops diabetic neuropathy, which causes chronic and severe pain, burning, and numbness. Other causes of nerve damage include:
- Autoimmune diseases (i.e. lupus, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel, etc.)
- Toxic substances
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Motor neuron disease (i.e. ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, etc.)
- Infectious disease (i.e. HIV, herpes, Lyme disease, hepatitis C, etc.)
In addition to the above causes of nerve damage, compression and trauma can also result in nerve damage. Work injuries can result in nerve damages. Falls, traffic accidents, and other work accidents can result in injuries that can damage nerves. Injuries that may result in nerve damage include fractures, spinal cord injuries, whiplash, back injuries, and head trauma.
In addition to work accidents, exposure to hazardous toxins at work can result in nerve damage. If you work with mercury, lead, or arsenic, you are at risk for nerve damage. Furthermore, repetitive motions can result in nerve damage. Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) occur when you repeat the same motion over and over again (i.e. putting mail in a mail box, typing, bending, etc.). The repetitive motion causes stress on a specific area resulting in tissue damage, muscle strain, inflammation, and nerve damage. Examples of common RSIs include carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, shin splints, epicondylitis, stress fractures, and tendonitis.
Call A Bloomington Workers’ Compensation Lawyer For More Information
If you have suffered nerve damage from a work-related injury, repetitive stress injury, or work-related illness, you may be entitled to a variety of workers’ compensation benefits including medical care, temporary disability benefits, and permanent disability benefits. Working with an experienced Bloomington workers’ compensation lawyer can help ensure maximum recovery in a workers’ compensation case. Early involvement with a knowledge attorney can help an injured worker obtain the benefits he or she deserves following nerve damage from a work-related event.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of nerve damage or any unexplained symptoms, it is important that you seek medical attention to determine what is causing the symptoms. Delaying medical treatment could result in a permanent disability. If you experience pain that you believe is related to your job, you need to do two things — see a doctor and contact a lawyer.
You can speak with a Bloomington workers’ compensation lawyer for free by contacting The Ken Nunn Law Office 24/7 through Live Chat online or at 1-800-CALL-KEN or 1-800-225-5536 to schedule a free legal consultation