Michigan personal injury lawyers frequently represent clients who have suffered ulnar nerve injuries. A detailed knowledge and understanding of this type of injury, treatment for this type of injury, and its effect on the client is essential to achieving the best possible settlement for the injured client.
What is an Ulnar Nerve Injury?
An ulnar nerve entrapment injury frequently arises from trauma, such as a car accident, motorcycle accident, slip and fall accident, bicycle accident, or recreational injury. Depending on the cause of the injury, injured persons may have legal rights to be compensated for their injury, including money damages for pain and suffering, disability, medical bills, and lost wages.
Ulnar nerve dysfunction is a problem with the nerve that travels from the wrist to the shoulder. The condition causes movement or sensation problems in the wrist and hand.
Causes of Ulnar Nerve Injuries
The usual causes of ulnar nerve injuries are direct injury, prolonged external pressure on the nerve, or compression of the nerve caused by swelling or injury of nearby body structures. Entrapment involves pressure on the nerve where it passes through a narrow structure. The ulnar nerve is commonly injured at the elbow because of elbow fracture or dislocation. Ulnar nerve dysfunction may also result from peripheral neuropathy.
Common Symptoms of Ulnar Nerve Dysfunction
Common Symptoms of ulnar nerve dysfunction include:
- Abnormal sensations in the 4th or 5th fingers
- Numbness and decreased sensation of the hand
- Tingling and burning sensation, pain, and weakness of the hand
Treatment for Ulnar Never Injuries
An exam of the hand and wrist can reveal ulnar nerve dysfunction. There may be weakness of wrist and hand bending and difficulty moving the fingers. Severe cases may display wasting of the hand muscles or a characteristic "claw-like" deformity.
Tests that reveal ulnar nerve dysfunction may include an EMG (a recording of electrical activity in muscles) and nerve conduction tests. Other tests may include blood tests, x-rays, and imaging scans.
The goal of treatment is to allow the person to use the hand and arm as much as possible. The cause should be identified and treated. In some cases, no treatment is required and the person gets better on their own.
If certain cases, a supportive splint or elbow pad may help prevent further injury. Corticosteroids injected into the area may reduce swelling and pressure on the nerve.
Over-the-counter analgesics or prescription pain medications may be needed to control pain (neuralgia).
Surgery may be needed if the symptoms get worse, movement is difficult, or there is proof that part of the nerve is wasting away. Surgical decompression may be recommended if the symptoms are from entrapment of the nerve. Surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve may help some people.
Physical therapy exercises may be appropriate to maintain muscle strength. Vocational counseling, occupational therapy, occupational changes, job retraining, or similar interventions may be recommended as appropriate.
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Time Deadlines For Michigan Ulnar Nerve Injury Case
The procedures for filing claims and lawsuits are different virtually everywhere and the time limitations for filing personal injury claims isn't always the same. Depending on what type of case it I determines the statute of limitations for the case. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever. For these reasons, you should contact our Michigan personal injury lawyers immediately if you have been injured in an accident.
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Contact a Michigan Ulnar Nerve Injury Lawyer
If you or a family member suffer from ulnar nerve injuries due to a Michigan accident, you should contact our Michigan ulnar nerve injury lawyers to determine whether a Michigan injury claim should be pursued. We have obtained significant settlements and verdicts for ulnar nerve injury clients.
Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers about your case. Our office will start working on your case immediately and begin gathering witness statements and evidence to prove and win your case.