Statistics provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services demonstrates that sensory impairments are a large problem within older populations. Furthermore, these statistics show that one out of every six adults have impaired vision, one out of every four has loss of feeling in their feet, one out of every four has a hearing impairment, and three out of four have abnormal testing of posture balance.
At Lewis & Keller, our personal injury attorneys believe that if you or a loved one is suffering from any type of sensory loss due resulting from the negligent actions of another individual, the victim may be able to receive compensation benefits for their losses and damages. These compensation benefits may include; pain and suffering, loss of wages, medical expenses, funeral expenses, and property damages.
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Types of Sensory Loss
As the human body has a series of nerves used to send messages from one area to the body to the other, any damage which occurs to an area of these nerves may result in the loss of one of your five senses. In other cases, an injury to any area of the brain can also result in sensory loss to different areas of the body.
Some common types of sensory loss include:
Dual Sensory Loss
Dual sensory loss is defined by an individual who has both hearing and vision loss. One of the m most well-known people with dual sensory loss was Helen Keller, who was also the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelors of Arts degree. Of course, in most cases this will greatly hinder one’s ability to carry out daily activities and communicate with others.
Hearing loss is common in 26 million people between ages 20 to 69 living in the United States. In these cases, their hearing loss is related to loud noises which are either work or leisure related according to the National Institute on deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
Loss of the Sense of Touch
This can be caused by a number of different situations; however it is typically associated with nerve damage. This occurs when the nerves are not able to communicate with the different parts of the body.
Loss of Vision
Loss of vision can severely hinder an individual’s ability to interact with their surrounding environment. Loss of vision can occur on a variety of different scales from low vision to complete blindness. One famous person with loss of vision was Ray Charles, who is considered to be a pioneer of soul music.
Loss of Smell
Loss of smell is also known as anosmia, and can either be temporary of total loss of smell depending on the cause. This can often result in an individual losing interest in eating, experiencing weight loss, and becoming depressed.
Loss of Taste
Loss of taste is also known as ageusia, which is the loss of taste or function of the tongue. This can be caused by a number of things including; neurological damages, endocrine problems, and other disorders.
If you are suffering from sensory loss as a result of the negligent actions of another individual, our attorneys recommend seeking medical attention immediately. This will not only assure your injuries are tended to, but also provide you with the necessary medical documents needed for our attorneys to develop a robust cases against these negligent injury causing individuals.
Causes of Sensory Loss
There are many instances that can cause an individual to lose one or multiple senses, while these accidents typically all involve some form of nerve damage. These injuries can be caused by a variety of different situations and depending on the severity, may cause temporary or permanent losses.
Some causes of sensory loss include:
- Auto accidents
- Bicycle injuries
- Boating accidents
- Broken Bones
- Burn injuries
- Dangerous drugs
- Loss of limb
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and fall injuries
- Sports injuries
- …just to name a few
If you have been involved in any of these accidents, our attorneys recommend seeking medical attention immediately to prevent further damages and injuries.
Contact Our Winston-Salem Personal Injury Attorneys Today
At Lewis & Keller, we have achieved over $10 million in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients and will seek the maximum compensation benefits for your losses.
Our attorneys all operate on a contingency fee basis, which means that we will not charge you for our services unless a favorable verdict or settlement has been made.
Being located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, our attorneys are able to provide services to clients throughout the entire state.
Some locations our attorneys serve include:
- High Point
To learn more about our law firm, we welcome you to contact us today at 866-299-1769, or complete the “Free Case Evaluation” on this page and a member of our intake staff will be in touch with you. This process is 100 percent free and your information will remain completely confidential.