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What does nerve damage do to you?

After a serious dog bite, you may suffer nerve damage. This does not always heal properly, even when given time, and can be very detrimental to the rest of your life.

You have three different types of nerves to consider. First, there are motor nerves, which help with movement and basic motor function. Second, there are autonomic nerves, which help with involuntary actions -- such as keeping your heart beating properly. Third, there are sensory nerves, which actually help you feel things like pain, heat, cold and the like.

The type of nerves that are damaged determines what that damage will do to you and what symptoms you'll face. With a dog bite, the most likely damage is to sensory nerves and motor nerves.

Sensory nerve damage

Symptoms of sensory nerve damage include things like numbness, chronic pain, extreme sensitivity or a lack of sensitivity and issues with positional awareness. You may also feel sensations of burning, prickling or tingling.

Motor nerve damage

Symptoms of motor nerve damage include things like paralysis, fasciculation (twitching) and general weakness. You may also experience muscle atrophy when injuries are severe enough. In many cases, victims simply experience limited or reduced motion in the area that was bitten, such as a bite to the hand that makes it harder to grip with your fingers.

Your options

Again, nerve damage is very serious and could have a lasting impact for months, years or the rest of your life. After an injury caused by someone else's pet, it is very important for you to understand all of the legal options you have.

Source: WebMD, "Nerve Pain and Nerve Damage," accessed April 03, 2018

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