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Nerve Injuries from Construction Accidents Have Serious Repercussions

By Matthew Golitko on October 06, 2015

A man with lower back painWorkers who have been severely injured at constructions sites in the greater Indianapolis area can put their trust in Golitko & Daly. Our lawyers fight diligently for our clients every step of the way, ensuring that the legal system works for the victims of negligence rather than business interests.

Lawsuits for injuries sustained in construction accidents help improve workplace safety conditions and ensure other construction workers will not face similar setbacks and hardships. Nerve injuries are among the more serious kinds of injuries that may be sustained. Let's consider them right now.

About Nerve Damage

Nerve damage refers to any injury experienced by the nerve fibers in a person's body. Whether it's a pinched nerve or a severed nerve, it can lead to problems with sensation and strength in the limbs as well as a host of other issues.

Classifications of Nerve Damage

There are three classifications of nerve damage. From least severe to most severe, they are as follows:

  • Neurapraxia – This is often related to nerve compression and the loss of blood supply to the nerves. Since it's the least severe kind of nerve damage, recovery is likely and often takes 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Axonotmesis – This refers to more severe nerve damage that has affected the nerve body but leaves the connective tissue intact. Recovery is likely, though with potential limitations, and can take up to 1 year.
  • Neurotmesis – This refers to extreme nerve damage that affects the nerve body and all connective tissue. Recovery prospects are poor, and there's an increased risk of developing a nerve tumor known as a neuroma.

Causes of Nerve Damage at a Construction Site

Any kind of severe injury that's experienced at a construction site can result in potential nerve damage. This includes severe falls, crushed limbs, vehicle accidents, electrocutions, lacerations, and so forth. The more severe the injury, the more likely a person is to experience nerve damage of some form.

How Nerve Damage Can Affect the Rest of Your Life

As we noted above, nerve damage can lead to problems with sensation in the affected part of the body as well as the extremities. When the nerve damage is severe, this can mean changes in your ability to perform certain tasks, and might even mean the end of your career.

For serious nerve damage, major medical care will be required in order to treat the injury and for rehabilitation of the affected part of the body. This can take months and even years.

Assessing Potential Negligence at Your Workplace

If you have suffered nerve damage as a result of a construction accident, we can discuss these matters with you in greater detail during a legal consultation. We will assess evidence of the accident and determine where or not there was negligence that directly caused or directly contributed to the accident occurring.

Our Attorneys Will Fight for You

The legal process can be difficult to navigate, which is why having skilled attorneys on your side who are familiar with construction accident litigation is crucial for a successful resolution of your case. We fight diligently for all of our clients, providing expert legal counsel at all times.

Speak with Our Construction Accident Attorneys

For more information about your legal rights following a serious accident at a worksite, it's important that you contact our construction accident and workplace injury center today. The legal team here at Golitko & Daly will fight diligently for you and your loved ones every step of the way.

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