January 31, 2023
Healthcare law – a year in review.
Over the course of the last year, there have been many interesting judgements in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in relation to healthcare and personal injury law....
Nerve injuries can occur in a wide range of medical contexts, and if they do, serious health consequences and disability can occur.
If nerve damage is caused by a mistake by a health professional involved in your medical care, you may be eligible to seek recourse for the pain, suffering, and losses you have suffered as a result. Our team, headed by Avril Scally, understand the considerable implications of nerve damage in terms of pain, loss of function, and the psychology of those affected, and will do all we can to support you and your family through what can be a deeply traumatic time.
Nerve injuries can be caused in a number of medical contexts, including:
Medical professionals have a duty of care to protect the health of patients, including taking care not to cause injury during the course of their work. Treatments, interventions, and procedures should always be undertaken in such a way as to mitigate the possibility of nerve damage. This means they must explain any risks to you before they proceed, defer to another more experienced medical professional if they are in any doubt, and always use techniques, equipment, and tools in a safe and correct manner.
Nerve damage can range considerably, from mild consequences which will alleviate with time, to serious and life-changing impacts. The human nervous system carries signals to and from the brain and every part of the body and is made up of the central and peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system is made up of the brain and spinal cord – any damage to this part of the body can cause extremely serious problems including loss of sensation, paralysis, and loss of organ function. Peripheral nerve damage symptoms may be more limited to the arms or legs.
Symptoms of nerve damage may include:
As with many aspects of the human body, the long-term prognosis depends on a range of factors including the severity of the damage, whether it has been possible to repair the damage, and the type of nerve fibre affected. Surgery may be required to reconnect the two ends of a severed nerve, after which, with time, the nerves may heal, leading to the return of normal sensation and function. More acute damage, especially to the spinal cord, can have serious and life-long implications for the affected individual.
To bring a claim for medical negligence relating to nerve damage, it will be necessary to provide evidence that:
To prove your case, we will compile evidence, including medical records, and seek expert medical opinion.
Claims following nerve damage due to medical negligence may cover two areas of loss:
By entrusting us to handle your claim on your behalf, you can focus on what is most important, your recovery and care, or that of your family member or loved one.
For further information on making a claim for nerve injury resulting from medical negligence in Ireland, please contact Lavelle Partners in confidence on (01) 644 5800 or email Avril Scally at email@example.com
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