What is nerve damage?
The nervous system is divided into two parts: the central nervous system, and the peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system consists of the brain, the spinal cord, and the cranial nerves. The peripheral nervous system is made up of all the nerves that travel from the spinal cord to the rest of the body. Nerve damage can be caused by injuries to the head, neck, back or the nerve itself. Due to the large number of named conditions associated with these injuries, it is impossible to list them all in this summary. Please contact our firm or your doctor if you had an injury that you suspect has caused nerve damage.
How is nerve damage rated?
The rating system for nerve damage is used for both Cranial Nerves and Peripheral Nerves, or the upper and lower back. These conditions are rated based on loss of function of the affected body part. Each nerve has a second identical nerve on the other side of the body so they can be rated separately. The injury to the nerve can be rated based on its severity under three different codes, paralysis of the nerve, neuritis of the nerve, and neuralgia of the nerve. Damage to the head and spinal cord are rated based on the effects of the injury.