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Spinal accessory nerve damage

The spinal accessory nerve originates in the brain and is the eleventh out of twelve cranial nerves. This nerve is connected to the muscles in the neck and transmits signals from the brain. These signals allow for movement of the neck, head and shoulders.

Spinal accessory nerve damage can happen during surgery, although the injury can also be the result of strenuous exercise. Surgical procedures that may result in the damage of this nerve include the removal of lymph nodes, clot removals from the carotid artery and the dissection of tumours located near the nerve. 

What are the symptoms?

Sufferers of spinal accessory nerve damage may experience:

  • Pain around the neck and shoulders
  • Limited mobility around the neck and shoulder area
  • Unstable shoulder blades that may appear to flare outwards
  • One shoulder may appear lower than the other

What should I do next?

If you believe you are suffering with spinal accessory nerve damage, it is important that you seek medical attention. Corrective surgery is often successful when the injury is diagnosed early.

Our legal experts can help arrange the medical attention you need and even arrange physiotherapy. Call a member of the team today for more information.

How much compensation should I expect?

The amount of compensation you may receive from this type of injury is dependent on several factors. These may include the financial losses incurred as a result of the injury, whether corrective surgery was needed or not and how long it took you to recover. Each case is different, so call our experts today for free advice.

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