Following a car accident, certain injuries such as nerve injuries are sometimes slowly revealed. It may take days, weeks, or months for enough pressure to be put on the nerves for a car accident victim to feel serious pain. Because there is a 14-day window to see a doctor in order to have access to PIP benefits in Florida, victims of car accidents need to know some nerve injury symptoms to make sure they aren’t overlooking a sign of nerve damage.

Symptoms of Nerve Injuries

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Pins and needles or a prickling sensation
  • Burning feeling
  • Twitching
  • Shooting pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Deep muscle pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle weakness or loss of strength
  • Stabbing feeling
  • Radiating pain
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Constipation
  • Sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Paralysis

A person may experience these nerve damage symptoms in their chest, arms, hands, fingers, back, buttocks, legs, feet, and toes. Because nerves run throughout the body, nerve injury signs can appear anywhere in the body, including the face. This is why it is critical that anyone involved in an auto accident pay close attention to their bodies—and look for these signs—in the days following an accident.

If you have felt any of the aforementioned nerve injury signs, you need to seek medical treatment immediately and tell your doctor about your symptoms. These symptoms may be the result of whiplash, back and neck injuries, herniated disc injuries, or a spinal cord injury.

Because nerve damage can be debilitating and permanent, it is critical to speak with an experienced accident attorney to make sure you are compensated fairly. You can learn more about your rights to compensation through a personal injury claim by requesting a free copy of our book, What You Need to Know After a Florida Auto, Truck, or Bike Accident.

Damian Mallard, Esq.
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