Our Michigan dog bite lawyers frequently represent children and adults who suffer nerve damage injuries in dog attacks. These injuries can be significant and permanent. A dog attack victim with a nerve injury should pursue a legal claim against the dog owner. for compensation for the injury.
Dog bites can result in crushing injuries because dogs have rounded teeth and strong jaws. The bite of an adult dog can exert up to 200 pounds per square inch of pressure. This pressure usually results in a crushing injury, causing damage to bones, blood vessels, tendons, muscles, and nerves. The canine teeth in a dog's mouth are also sharp and strong and can actually damage or sever a nerve, often in the hand or fingers.
Peripheral nerves are usually closely associated with vascular structures in the limbs. Nerve damage caused by a dog bite results in a loss of sensation, numbness, tingling feelings, and pain. In worst-case scenarios, the damage can result in the complete loss of use of a limb. In some cases, surgery can repair the damage but quite often it is permanent.
Types of Nerve Damage
There are several types of nerve damage that are common following a dog bite:
Neurapraxia is the least severe form of nerve injury, with complete recovery. In this case, the actual structure of the nerve remains intact, but there is an interruption in conduction of the impulse down the nerve fiber. Most commonly, this involves compression of the nerve or disruption to the blood supply (ischemia). There is a temporary loss of function which is reversible within hours to months of the injury (the average is 6-9 weeks).
Axonotmesis is usually the result of a more severe crush or contusion than neurapraxia, but can also occur when the nerve is stretched. It involves disruption of the neuronal axon, the myelin sheath is intact. This type of nerve damage may cause paralysis of the motor, sensory, and autonomic nervous systems. Mainly seen in crush injuries, the neural tube is intact, but axons are disrupted. These nerves are likely to recover. Regeneration occurs over weeks to years.
Neurotmesis is the most severe lesion with potential of recovering. In these cases, the neural tube is severed. These injuries are likely permanent without repair, and will likely only achieve partial recovery at best.
Many times, an EMG is performed to determine the extent of the nerve damage. Physical therapy can help improve the function of the hands or fingers with nerve damage but these injuries are often permanent.
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