“The same lawsuit, filed in March, names a Queens driver who rear-ended her in a car accident in Long Island City in December 2012.
Panetta said both were named because his client developed more severe nerve damage after the car accident, and “we’re not 100% sure which incident caused the injury.”
That quote really cracked me up. “Not 100% sure, so we’re suing both of them?” STFU! Odds are she saw a physical therapist to cash in on the car accident, had difficulty performing one of the exercises, and was inspired to claims of nerve damage.
That being said, nerves getting bumped during a draw isn’t all that uncommon. When it happens, it’s one of the worst feelings in the world, though it’s over quickly and the aftereffects seldom last more than a couple minutes. I’ve had it happen a few times. The worst was when I had to get a PICC line, and it took the idiot doctor four tries (and a second arm) to snake it in. On the third try, he banged a nerve with a fucking catheter. The pain / intensity of sensation was excruciating, and I would not let them touch me again for a good 25-30 minutes, which was how long it took to regain semi-normal feeling in my arm.
One time, I had a bumped nerve during a draw AND the idiot technician used too much alcohol. I almost went to the ER, thinking I must have suffered some lasting injury, but I thankfully decided to wait it out. By the next morning, I was fine.
Permanent nerve damage is almost unheard of. Injured nerves (emphasis on ‘injured’) heal just like any other part of the body. For the nerve damage to be permanent, the nerves would have had to have been severed beyond repair. In the event that a nerve injury leads to muscular atrophy (and it generally has to be a pretty damned serious nerve injury, such as brachial neuritis), the muscle tissue is able to recover once the nerves begin functioning property. It isn’t easy, and it can certainly be debilitating, but it isn’t overly-painful and can almost always be corrected with physical therapy.
Whether or not this woman has any nerve damage can *easily* be established by an NCS or EMG performed by a qualified neurologist. This is isn’t fibromyalgia she’s alleging.