Double crush syndrome is an injury that affects the nerves. As the name implies, it features two separate areas of pain and can have a negative or adverse effect on your health. It is still being studied and looked at by various neurologists, doctors, and researchers. There is no denying that it is a painful experience, though, and it can lead to long days of pain and suffering. If you suffered double crush syndrome as a result of an accident or incident, you could have the various expenses stemming from the situation covered in full. A skilled double crush syndrome attorney or nerve injury lawyer in Los Angeles will be able to assist you. Our team of expert attorneys at the Downtown LA Law Group will handle your claim from start to finish and ensure that you are given the representation you deserve.
What is double crush syndrome?
Double crush syndrome is categorized as a “distinct compression at two or more locations along a peripheral nerve.” These compressions coexist and drastically increase the intensity of the symptoms. There are various conjectures as to how double crush syndrome happens; one popular theory is that treatment of nerve damage or nerve compression at one location may be improper or unsatisfactory, which then causes another area to weaken or become damaged.
A common manner n which double crush syndrome can be seen is in tracing damaged nerves from their source in the neck and spinal cord to the outer extremities. Nerves that were compressed in canals in the upper spine may also be compressed in areas like the cubital tunnel in the elbow and in the carpal tunnel in the wrist.
Identifying double crush syndrome is generally possible after treatment on one compressed nerve. As the patient recovers, the major extent of the pain of may have subsided, but there could still be lingering pain elsewhere. This may indicate that there is an additional compression, perhaps not as serious or not as severe, located elsewhere along the nerve.
Discovering a doubly compressed nerve happens with the help of MRI imaging and neurological tests. Treatment often consists of surgical decompression, such as by widening a canal; in some cases, disc fusion may be done.
How does double crush syndrome happen?
Double crush syndrome is a nerve injury, so it can occur in much the same way any nerve injury occurs. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome is generally the result of repetitive actions like typing or assembling. It causes a great deal of strain on the wrist and creates pain in the hand and forearm. The tunnel through which the nerve runs may narrow and create a burning sensation paired with numbness. Carpal tunnel can also be caused by diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
While you may suffer carpal tunnel from repetitive actions, you could also notice that you have nerve pain starting in your neck. Sleeping wrong, pulled muscles, and even slight force trauma can cause the nerve pain to actually originate in the neck.
Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome can arise; it is also known as tennis elbow. It involves the nerve located in the elbow, commonly referred to as the funny bone. Cubital tunnel syndrome is often caused when people lean on their elbows a lot or use their arms to pull and lift. Fractured elbows, arthritis, bone spurs, and other injuries may also contribute to cubital tunnel syndrome.
All of these nerve injuries can also be caused by accidents. For example, you may be involved in a car crash in which you are rear-ended while at a stop light. The sudden jerk forward could damage your spinal cord and neck, but it could also cause you to break something in your arm or damage a nerve elsewhere. The paired damage can greatly exacerbate the symptoms.
Additionally, you could be hurt while undergoing surgery. Medical malpractice is a problematic occurrence, and it can involve a doctor mistakenly snipping or cutting a nerve during surgery. He may also target the wrong nerve or cause one area to compress or become inflamed.
After a period of time, one area may worsen and cause the other area to degrade. It is very important that you get appropriate treatment for double crush syndrome, starting with seeing a doctor who knows what to look for. If you were hurt in some kind of an accident, you should contact an attorney to help you with your case. We will make sure that you see a proper neurologist who will examine you for double crush syndrome and come up with a treatment plan to help you fully recover.
What should I do if I were injured in an accident and I got double crush syndrome?
Unfortunately, you likely won’t be able to diagnose double crush syndrome yourself – it is not nearly as apparent as a broken bone or a dislocation, and you will need adequate testing before a treatment process can be developed. You should treat every accident similarly, though, and gather appropriate evidence to file a lawsuit to pursuit adequate compensation. If medical treatment reveals double crush syndrome or nerve damage, you will already be prepared with the facts.
First, you should go to the doctor for immediate treatment. You should not wait too long to go to the hospital or see a professional – if you do, two adverse effects can happen. One, you may worsen your injuries and your health may degrade the longer you wait, and two, the insurance agent responsible for your case may disbelieve you and feel that you were hurt elsewhere, and you are simply using an opportunity to secure funding.
You should take as many photos as you can of the scene of the accident, the damages you suffered, who was present, and more. Ample photographic evidence will greatly benefit your claim. Similarly, you may be able to secure video footage, whether dashboard camera footage from a car accident or security video if you were hurt in a private location.
If there were any eyewitnesses who saw the incident happen, you can request their statements and testimonies to add to your claim. The more perspectives you have that support your issue, the more likely it is that you will win.
Be sure that you have additional proof like doctor’s notes and any items that may have been defective or malfunctioned. Because they are so many ways that nerve injuries can happen, there is no surefire recommendation of steps – every list will have some relevant procedures that my not matter in your situation. If you were in a car accident, you can request a copy of the police report when it has been completed, and you can also take down the insurance information and contact details or the individual who hit you.
Finally, you should reach out to a skilled nerve damage lawyer who will be able to deal with your claim for you. If you have not taken any legal action before, you may be at a loss as to how to move forward. Individuals who try to file lawsuits by themselves with no previous legal experience are often at a loss and cannot make any headway on their cases. We will be able to negotiate a fair deal and ensure that the responsible party that caused your double crush syndrome is held accountable.
What can I win in a double crush injury lawsuit?
Depending on the nature of your double crush injury, you could potentially receive full compensation for all of the associated expenses. We will see to it that you are entirely covered for the following damages:
- Medical bills from the past and the future for surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy, and more
- Property damage if the accident resulted in lost belongings or belongings that must be repaired or replaced
- Missed wages if you were unable to return to work for some time, as well as future lost income due to injury or recovery time
- Pain and suffering damages for emotional anguish, mental trauma, PTSD, fear, anxiety, and more
You should not be expected to pay for these numerous debts if you were not the cause of the injury or the accident. The other party should be held accountable if they were the root cause or if they contributed to the incident and your damages. We will not rest until we are satisfied with the settlement we bring you.
How much could you recover? How much compensation could you be eligible to receive? Case values are determined by the specific details surrounding each claim. What is the average value of these types of cases? How much do these cases settle for? Because double crush syndrome could require extensive treatment and long-term physical pain as well as mental and emotional distress, these cases are typically high value. The average value of these types of cases is approximately $200,000, with severe cases being worth significantly more. How much should I get from this type of case? How much can I get from my case if I sue? The answer to these questions will be strictly based on the details surrounding your claim. Depending of the extent of your harm and how it has affected other aspects of your life, your claim could be worth just a few thousand dollars, closer to the $200,000 average, or even significantly more than the average. It is all based on your specific case; therefore, you should seek legal assistance immediately to learn more about the potential value of your claim.
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