Bicyclists are in danger when they are traveling in and around motor vehicles. Unfortunately, when a Sarasota bicycle accident happens due to a negligent driver, all types of serious injuries to a cyclist can occur. One type of injury that a cyclist may not know he or she has is nerve damage.
Nerve damage can be difficult to determine or pinpoint because it may not show up immediately following the crash. There are different levels and types of nerve damage that can range from mild to severe and can cause damage to a victim’s sensory nerves, spinal nerves, digital nerves and more. Sadly, nerve damage from a Sarasota bicycle crash can affect a victim’s central nervous system, which can cause disabling injuries.
Because nerves send and receive messages from the brain to many parts of the human body, nerve damage can affect critical functions of the brain. Certain body parts that may be affected include the brain, chest, fingers, toes and more. Injuries can show up as a tingling sensation or could be so severe that permanent and disabling injuries result.
Because nerve damage following a bicycle accident in South Florida is a serious matter, victims of bicycle accidents should seek medical treatment immediately following a crash. Most of the time a victim will experience nerve damage symptoms that include:
- Abnormal pain
- Extreme sensitivity
- Tingling sensation in fingers, arms, toes and feet
- Arms and legs falling asleep when compressed
- Loss of strength
- Trouble speaking
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
If you experience any one of the symptoms listed above, it may be a sign of nerve damage. If this happens, get to the doctor as soon as possible to get checked out, even if you have been examined previously by a medical professional. If you don’t explain your symptoms to the doctor, he may not look for nerve damage or run the right tests to determine the extent of your nerve damage.
In many cases there will be treatment options, surgery and medications that a doctor can prescribe to help victims with nerve damage live a more comfortable life. However, there may not be treatments available for victims of Sarasota bike accidents who suffer from severe and permanent nerve damage.
In either case, any victim of a Sarasota bicycle accident who suffered nerve damage should be entitled to financial compensation for his or her pain and suffering, lost income, ongoing medical care and more.
To find out what compensation you may be entitled to, call a knowledgeable Sarasota bicycle accident lawyer at the Mallard Law Firm and receive a free, no-obligation consultation today at (888) 409-3805. Also, make sure to request our complimentary book, The Florida Accident Handbook: What You Need to Know After a Florida Auto, Truck or Bike Accident, upon request.