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Nerve Damage Lawyers in Cleveland, Ohio

“Nerve pain and nerve damage can be mild,” according to WebMD’s Brain & Nervous System Health Center. “But, because nerves are essential to all you do, nerve pain and damage can seriously affect your quality of life.”

Nerve damage that results from a surgeon’s negligence can be life-changing and costly. A medical malpractice lawyer can determine whether you’re entitled to compensation for treatment and therapy, lost wages, decreased earning potential, and pain and suffering. Attorney Chris Mellino invites you to contact our Cleveland office with any questions you may have. You may also download or request Chris’ free, easy-to-read guide to filing a claim in Ohio.

Causes

WebMD states there are more than 100 types of nerve damage, including compression or trauma.

Where medical negligence is concerned, the two most common errors that cause injury are physical damage inflicted with a surgical instrument and anesthesia mistakes that block sufficient blood flow during the operation.

Physical nerve damage occurs when a major nerve is mishandled, stretched, burnt or severed during a procedure. This damage can interfere with the nerve’s ability to transmit and receive signals from the rest of the body, and, if not addressed, it can form a painful nerve scar known as a neuroma.

Anesthesia mistakes can occur when administered locally or regionally, such as in the case of a spinal epidural. Read more.

Symptoms

A surgical error may affect the autonomic nerves, which control involuntary activities such as heart rate and digestion, motor nerves, which control movement, sensory nerves, which allow you to feel pain and touch, or a combination thereof.

Autonomic nerve damage can cause:

  • the inability to feel chest pain associated with a heart attack
  • hyperhidrosis (sweating too much) or anhidrosis (not sweating enough)
  • dizziness
  • dry eyes and mouth
  • bladder impairment and/or constipation
  • sexual dysfunction

Motor nerve damage can cause:

  • weakness
  • atrophy
  • twitching
  • paralysis

Sensory nerve damage can cause numbness, a “pins-and-needles” feeling, pain, sensitivity, tingling, burning, and/or difficulty with balance.

How Do I File a Nerve Damage Lawsuit?

If you suffered  nerve damage during surgery, contact our attorneys for a free consultation, or request our free guide to filing a malpractice claim in Ohio.