One of the most common injuries after a motor vehicle accident is a temporomandibular joint injury. The TMJ joints are part of the area where the skull is connected to the jaw. TMJ injuries can cause debilitating symptoms like difficulty chewing, facial swelling, hearing loss, dizziness, neck pains and other issues.
What causes TMJ injuries?
TMJ injuries are frequently caused by motor vehicle accidents. These injuries are associated with whiplash or jaw injuries during the crash. The injury might not be diagnosed right away as patients frequently attribute the pain and swelling to the whiplash they suffered during the accident. Over time, patients might start to realize that they suffered from additional injuries during the crash.
How can TMJ injuries be treated?
To treat TMJ injuries, doctors might recommend facial massages, heat compresses, electrical stimulation, mouthguards and orthodontic treatment. If nothing else works, the doctor might prescribe surgery as a last resort.
How can an individual launch a personal injury case?
If an individual has suffered from personal injury, they might be able to launch a case against the responsible party. Personal injury can result from car accidents, semi-truck accidents, drunk driving accidents and medical malpractice. As a result, an individual might suffer from severe injuries, illness, disability and the loss of loved ones. They might also have to deal with lost wages and medical bills.
Hiring an attorney might mean the difference between a successful case and an unsuccessful one. An attorney may be able to help their client gather evidence to prove that the other party was irresponsible or negligence. They may be able to sue the other party for compensation that covers their legal and medical bills and makes up for the wages they lost as a result of the accident.