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Nerve injury can cause far-reaching effects

There are said to be A vast communications network of biological wiring, nerves are crucial to the way we sense and interact with the world around us - for instance with touch or feeling heat, cold and pain.

They transmit signals between the brain, spinal cord and the rest of the body. Controlled by the brain, they also direct every function of life whether we're awake, resting or asleep.

Nerve injury can damage that network - either locally or across the body - and sometimes that damage can be permanent. It can also interrupt your psychological and physical abilities, making even the simplest of tasks difficult.   

Nerve injury can stop you walking, driving, going to work or taking part in sports and hobbies. At its worst, a severe nerve injury can result in partial or total paralysis - for instance after a fall, traffic crash or accident at work.

Medical negligence can also cause nerve injury due to surgical error, delayed treatment or other types of clinical negligence - for example by a dentist or optician.

All medical and healthcare professionals have a duty to treat you properly. If you've suffered nerve injury due to their professional negligence, then you could be eligible to make a claim for nerve damage compensation.

No matter what the cause of your nerve injury, if it happened within the last three years and was someone else's fault, then we may be able to help you. Contact us today on for free, to find out if you can make a no win no fee nerve injury compensation claim, or try our claim checker tool.


Can I claim for a nerve injury?

Yes, you can. We offer free, confidential and no-obligation advice. So, if you're thinking of making a nerve damage compensation claim, you can rest assured you aren't going to make your situation worse.

Wondering if you're eligible to make a nerve injury claim can seem daunting. However, we aim to make the process of finding out as simple as possible, and we're committed to getting you the best possible support to help make it right.

Typically people can make nerve injury claims if they've been in an accident or suffered medical negligence within the last three years. The accident will need to have been wholly or partially someone else's fault.

Simply call us for a no-obligation chat on . We'll listen to what happened to you, ask you some questions about your accident and injury and then let you know if we think you may be eligible to make a nerve injury claim.

Calls to us are always confidential and our legally trained advisors are experienced at dealing with accident injury enquiries. If we think you may be eligible to make a claim for nerve injury compensation and you'd like to go ahead, we'll connect you with one of our expert solicitors. We can typically do this on the same call if that suits you.

Did you know?

Our brains alone contain around 100 billion nerve cells, called neurons. As a whole, our bodies likely contain trillions of them. All of them combine to make us function as we do, from involuntary actions like breathing or digesting food to the most complex and intricate of physical tasks.

Source: Healthline.com, How Many Nerves Are in the Human Body, 2021.

Was your nerve injury caused by someone else's negligence?

The easiest way to find out if someone else may be liable for your nerve injury is to speak to us. Each accident experience is completely unique so we can't say for sure without speaking to you and finding out what happened.

Call us free on  or enter your details for a free call back. Remember, all our calls are free and confidential. You'll never be pressured into starting a claim.

If you're not ready to speak to anybody about your accident, you might like to read more about the different accident types we help with that can include nerve injury. They include:

Why is a nerve injury potentially serious?

Your nervous system controls everything your body does, from regulating breathing to muscle control and how your senses function. There are three categories of nerves:

Autonomic nerves: these control automatic body functions. They include things like blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and digestion.

Motor nerves: these control movement and action by passing information from your brain and spinal cord to the muscles in your limbs.

Sensory nerves: relay information from your muscles and skin to your brain via the spinal cord so that you can feel sensations like heat, cold and pain.

Nerves are essential to life and nerve injury can cause serious disruption.

What are typical nerve injury symptoms?

Nerve injury can cause a wide range of symptoms. The symptoms you may have depend on which nerves are damaged and where in the body they are. 

Accident trauma can damage nerves all around your body - from brain and spinal cord to the peripheral nerves that fan out into your limbs.

Autonomic nerve injury:

Motor nerve injury:

  • Weakness, muscle loss (called atrophy) or paralysis.
  • Involuntary twitching or tics, (called fasciculation).

Sensory nerve injury:

  • Pain and oversensitivity.
  • Numbness, tingling, prickling or burning sensations.
  • Problems with your positional awareness, including loss of balance.

Sometimes accident nerve injury can cause several different types of damage at once, resulting in a mix of symptoms. This can happen with severe physical trauma such as crush injury where the brain, spine or limbs may have been badly hurt.

What causes nerve injury or damage?

There are a great many different types of nerve damage that can result from illness or accident. Different symptoms typically require different medical treatments. Your doctor will advise which treatment is best for the type of nerve injury you've suffered.

In an accident, nerve injury is typically caused by head trauma to the brain or injury to the spine, torso and limbs. For instance, a broken arm can include radial nerve injury. This is the nerve that runs down the inside of your arm to your wrist.

A brachial plexus injury can affect the nerves that run from neck to shoulder and hand.

Nerve injury can also be caused in the hand by occupational injuries like vibration white finger and carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you've experienced a nerve injury in an accident that wasn't your fault, get in touch with our friendly advisors for a confidential chat on . We're here to offer free, supportive advice and to let you know whether we think you can make a nerve damage compensation claim.

There are absolutely no obligations when you speak to us. We can connect you with a specialist personal injury solicitor who can guide you through the process if you choose to go ahead.

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How is a nerve injury diagnosed?

There are several ways your doctor can identify nerve injury or damage. They include:

  • Medical history: checking your medical history, family history and lifestyle for nerve-related issues.
  • Reflexes check: checking how responsive your body is to standard reflex tests will often highlight problems quickly.
  • Blood test: these detect vitamin deficiencies, diabetes, abnormal immune function and other indications of peripheral neuropathy in your extremities.
  • Imaging: CT or MRI scans can look deeply into your body for abnormalities - for instance in the spine.
  • Nerve function: Electromyography (EMG) records electrical activity in your muscles to detect nerve injury or other abnormal function.
  • Nerve biopsy: removing a small section of nerve to look for abnormalities.
  • Skin biopsy: removing a small portion of skin to look for damage or shortening of the nerve endings.

What's the treatment for nerve injury?

It varies because there are so many different types and combinations of nerve injury that people can suffer. Some types can be treated easily but in some cases, nerve injury may leave permanent damage. Your doctor or specialist medical professional will outline the treatment that's right for your nerve injury type.

How long does it take to recover from a nerve injury?

Again, it's hard to give a standard estimate because a nerve injury is usually unique to the individual. The recovery time for a nerve injury depends on the extent of the nerve damage caused. In general, you can estimate the level of your recovery by your level of pain or loss of function.

What's involved in a nerve damage compensation claim?

You don't need to worry about anything legal because our solicitors will negotiate your compensation on your behalf. They'll also keep you informed of the progress and developments of your claim.

At a point in the process you will need to attend a medical assessment to judge the impact of your nerve injury. But don't worry - your solicitor will take care of everything and talk you through your claim.

To start your claim or to find out if you may be eligible, call us free on . We're here to listen and answer any questions you have about the claims process and your accident and injury.

If you're ready, we can take the hassle and legwork out of finding the right solicitor for your case. This is because we work with a network of experienced solicitors across the country. All of them work to high standards of customer care that we monitor carefully.

Can I claim for more than one nerve injury?

Yes you can. Sometimes an accident can cause widespread nerve damage - multiple injuries that affect different parts of your body and nervous system.

When you contact us, we'll work hard to understand the full impact of your accident and the injuries it has caused. This means if you've suffered more than one nerve injury, we'll factor this into your claim.

How much nerve injury compensation could I claim?

When you contact us, we'll work hard to fully understand the impact of your accident and injury, such as how it's affected your life, your loved ones and your ability to work. We collect this information so we know whether we can help you.

At the time of your call with us we're not able to advise how much your compensation might be because we simply don't know at that stage of your claim. Although your compensation is negotiated on the impact of your accident and type of nerve injury, the final figure you're awarded can depend on how the other side responds to your claim and the long-term consequences of your injury to your life and your recovery.

However, our solicitors will always work to get you the maximum amount of compensation you're entitled to.

To do this, they consider and negotiate to cover the cost of:

  • Time off work and the reduced pay you've received
  • Any time off work your loved ones have had to look after you or take you to appointments
  • Medical treatment you've paid for, such as physiotherapy
  • Any future medical treatment you might need to fully recover

To get an estimate of how much your compensation might be, you can try our industry leading nerve damage compensation calculator which asks you some questions about your experience and gives you a guideline figure of how you might be able to claim for physical injury alone.

The official compensation claim guidelines for nerve injury

The Judicial College is part of the Ministry of Justice. One job it has is to set the guideline amounts for general damages. These damages cover pain, suffering and loss of amenity that can be awarded in all types of personal injury claims, including those for nerve injury.

Below are some examples of the latest compensation award ranges for accident injuries that include nerve damage claim amounts. If you've suffered any financial losses (for instance loss of income), these will be added to your award if your claim succeeds.

Type of nerve injuryRange of general damages
Loss of sense of smell£23,460 to £30,870
Total loss of taste and smell sensesIn the region of £356,770
Complete loss of vision in one eye£46,240 to £51,460
Temporary paraplegic paralysisIn the region of £46,300
Permanent paraplegic paralysis£205,580 to £266,740
Tetraplegic or quadriplegic paralysis£304,630 to £379,100

How do I pay for my nerve injury claim?

You do this with a no win no fee arrangement, also known as a conditional fee agreement. It's the contract between you and your no win no fee personal injury lawyer.

There are no upfront costs or hidden charges but if you win the claim, you'll be asked to pay any costs and expenses, not paid for by the other side, out of your compensation. This is likely to happen in most cases, as the other side is only required to make a contribution to your legal fees.

These costs will only be deducted when your compensation is paid, and may include:

  • A ‘success fee' which compensates the solicitor for the risk they take, as if your claim is unsuccessful they won't be paid at all.
  • Any other legal costs or expenses not recovered from the other side, such as the costs of any legal expense insurance.

When you start your claim, your nerve damage solicitor will take out insurance protection on your behalf. This is sometimes called ATE (After The Event) insurance. If your claim is unsuccessful, then the other party's costs will be paid out of this insurance.

If you don't receive any compensation, then you won't have to pay the insurance premium. If your claim is successful, then it'll be paid out of your compensation as part of the fees.

Your solicitor will discuss this with you at the start, so you'll know what to expect when your claim settles. If you don't win your no win no fee claim, you pay nothing to anyone. It's as simple as that.

Andrew had an accident in a supermarket and badly injured his knee. His injury meant he couldn't move without pain and needed surgery to repair the ligaments in his knee and stop him living in agony - this meant 12 weeks off work to recover after his operation.\nWe put him in contact with one of our specialist solicitors who helped him to make it right.

Andrew's story

Andrew had an accident in a supermarket and badly injured his knee. His injury meant he couldn't move without pain and needed surgery to repair the ligaments in his knee and stop him living in agony - this meant 12 weeks off work to recover after his operation.

We put him in contact with one of our specialist solicitors who helped him to make it right.

What are the time limits for making nerve injury compensation claims?

You usually have three years from when your nerve injury occurred or when you first noticed a nerve-related condition. There's a legal process your solicitor will follow, so if you're close to that three-year deadline, call us as soon as you can on .

There are some exceptions to the time limits:

  • If the claimant has limited psychological capacity, there's no time limit.
  • For instance, they may have sustained a nerve injury through head trauma in a serious road traffic accident.
  • A parent, guardian or other legally-responsible adult can make a claim for an injured child at any time up until their 18th birthday.
  • If no claim has been made, the child has three years between their 18th and 21st birthdays to make a nerve injury compensation claim.

Frequently asked questions...

Yes - it’s highly likely you’ll need to go to one. An independent medical opinion is an important part of the evidence that your solicitor will rely on when building your claim. Your solicitor will advise you based on the specifics of your claim.

The appointment will be booked for you and in most cases, will be with a medical professional local to you. It doesn’t take long, usually no more than 30 minutes to an hour. After the appointment, the medical professional will write a report giving their opinion and then send it to your solicitor. You’ll be able to read the report and your solicitor will ask you to check it for accuracy.

By talking to an expert accident claim company at the earliest available moment. We can give you all the initial free advice you need to help you make the right decision. If you want to go ahead with the claim, we'll then put you in touch with an experienced and trusted firm in our nationwide network of approved legal practices. 

Provided they can take on your claim under no win no fee arrangements - as is the case in all but the most exceptional circumstances - there are no up-front costs.  Your solicitor may need to take out special legal protection insurance for you, which pays the costs if your claim fails, and ensures claiming is risk free. The cost of this is only taken if you win your case. You’ll never have to pay anything upfront and there are no hidden charges, so you’ll never be out of pocket.

If your accident claim is successful you’ll be asked to pay any costs and expenses, not paid for by the other side, from your compensation. We guarantee you’ll never pay more than 35% of your damages.

The final cost can vary depending on how complicated the claim is. However, if your claim succeeds, expect to pay your solicitor a success fee for winning the claim of up to 25% of the compensation you receive. This will likely happen in most cases. Also expect to pay the balance of any costs and expenses not recovered from the other side, plus the legal protection insurance premium (if you needed it).

Your solicitor will explain the specifics to you when they know all the details of your claim. They’ll deduct these items only after they’ve received your compensation. You get the rest, which will always be a significant proportion of the payment.   

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Is National Accident Helpline a claims management company?

No, we aren't. National Accident Helpline is an independent personal injury advice brand owned by legal practice National Accident Law. We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the independent professional ethics and standards regulator that licences all solicitors across England and Wales. Our SRA registration number is 655606.

Claims management companies are overseen by a different regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). CMCs do not have their own law practices.

We advise on personal injury claims as part of National Accident Law. We also work with a national network of specialist law firms who we choose carefully and check closely to make sure you receive an outstanding customer experience.