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What are possible symptoms of nerve damage after a fall?

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2022 | Premises Liability |

A slip and fall can cause a serious injury. Some people break bones or damage an organ because of a sudden impact with the ground. Another possibility is that a fall damages some of your nerves. Given that your nervous system helps regulate your body, nerve damage is a health problem you should take seriously.

The Mayo Clinic describes different symptoms that you may experience depending on the nerves that receive damage from a fall injury.

Problems with sensation

A fall can injure one or more of your sensory nerves, which could impair your ability to feel how the temperature rises or falls around you. Your feet or fingers may also feel numb or they could tingle. In addition, performing sensitive actions with your fingers such as putting on a belt or buttoning a jacket might prove difficult.

Problems with movements

Some nerves convey commands from your brain to your muscles to perform actions. A fall that damages motor nerves can cause problems walking or grasping an object. Motor nerve damage could also impair your speech, inflict cramps or induce twitching.

Problems with body functions

Certain body activities such as your blood pressure operate without you having to think about them. An injury to your autonomic nerves can manifest if you start sweating more than usual or you experience high or low blood pressure. Other symptoms may include problems with your intestines, breathing, heart or thyroid.

While some of these symptoms could feel minor, they might progress into something serious or possibly life-threatening. An examination from your doctor may tell you the extent of your condition and help you understand what kinds of treatments you need. If negligence contributed to your fall, the costs of these treatments could factor into any compensation you receive from the party responsible for your injuries.