Denervation means an interruption of a nerve signal, which doctors may use to diagnose an injury or to relieve pain. Those who suffer serious injuries after a Des Moines car accident may discuss a denervation procedure with their doctor, and may recover compensation to recover costs related to the injury and the diagnostic test or procedure.
What is denervation?
Denervation is the interruption of the nerve connection to a part of the body. Interrupting the transmission of nerve signals to the brain may in turn interrupt transmission of pain signals. Doctors may perform a denervation procedure for a couple of reasons.
First, a doctor may use the procedure to diagnose an injury. The doctor uses X-ray imaging to guide the needle so it can inject an anesthetic into the damaged joint. This numbs the nerve, and the patient is asked about his or her pain level compared to before the procedure. If the pain improves, then it may indicate that the patient suffered injury to the joint.
The procedure may also be used as a pain relief treatment. Radiofrequency facet denervation is used to damage the nerve rather than only numb it. A doctor may recommend this procedure after using the anesthetic procedure to numb the nerve. In the radiofrequency facet denervation procedure, the doctor will again use a local anesthetic to numb the nerve, but will then heat the needle to damage the nerve.
The procedure may be used if the facet joints suffered injury in a car accident, and is causing the patient neck or back pain. Some may undergo a rhizotomy procedure for facet joint injuries.
Compensation to Cover a Denervation Procedure
Because back and neck pain can have a terrible effect on the victim’s life, anyone who has experienced this should speak with an attorney and file a car accident claim to recover compensation for damages.
An individual who has experienced pain as a result of a car accident may be able to acquire payment for lost wages from the pain or while recovering from a medical procedure. Lost wages may address wages lost currently, as well as loss of earning capacity in the future.
Additionally, the injured party may be able to obtain payment for medical bills incurred as a result of the injury. This may include the denervation procedure, any hospital stay after the accident, pain medications, and more. An attorney can help compile a complete list of medical expenses the patient has incurred because of the injury.
Accident victims in Des Moines may also be entitled to pain and suffering damages related to the accident. These and other noneconomic damages can be more complicated to quantify, and may require assistance from an attorney.
Discuss Your Case with an Attorney at Walker, Billingsley & Bair in Des Moines
Suffering from back or neck pain as a result of a car accident may be frustrating and it may be difficult to carry on with everyday life. As such, those who suffer such injuries should seek legal consult to review their injury, the treatment costs and other expenses associated with it, and any other damages they may pursue in an insurance claim or lawsuit.
The attorneys at Walker, Billingsley & Bair can help you file an insurance claim or a personal injury suit within the two-year statute of limitations provided under Iowa law. We can also help you gather all evidence necessary to prove liability and acquire the compensation you deserve. Our team is prepared to help you today. Reach out to us by calling (888) 435-9886 or via our online contact form.