TMJ syndrome often causes long-term pain to the victim. Any strong and opposing force that strikes the jaw, head or neck, may initiate symptoms of TMJ.
The temporomandibular joint is the hinge located at the back of your jaw. Described as a ball-and-socket joint, it is estimated that it functions up to 5,000 times a day. Due to its high frequency of use for speaking, chewing, and yawning, TMJ symptoms may become noticeable following a car accident, or when there has been direct impact on the jaw.
TMJ & Whiplash Injuries
In the case of car accidents including rear end collisions, whiplash may be quite common. This is an injury that involves a great deal of force on the upper body, especially in the neck area, and can also have substantial effects on a person’s jaw. In a 1990 study, the Radiological Society of North America’s annual conference revealed that 87% of whiplash cases have the presence of a TMJ disorder.
If you have been in a serious accident and you suspect you have sustained injury from whiplash, contact our personal injury lawyers to help you assess your case. We can help you negotiate with the responsible insurance companies, securing compensation for your rehabilitation, pain, and suffering.
TMJ Injuries from Car Accidents
As mentioned, vehicle collisions including rear-end and T-bone accidents may result in high impacts that may have multiple effects on a person’s body. While broken bones, ligament tears, and lacerations are commonly sustained, TMJ is a regular outcome when a person’s head and/or neck have experienced serious trauma. Collisions with other occupants in the vehicle, as well as a vehicle’s interior, can damage the connecting joints of your jaw and result in a TMJ disorder. It should also be noted that, similar to whiplash, TMJ can occur in low speed collisions, and may not be immediately identified by yourself or a doctor. If you experience TMJ symptoms, you should speak with your doctor as well as a lawyer regarding the extent of treatment for such pain, and the legal options for having an insurance company pay for your rehabilitation costs.
Contact Our TMJ Lawyers in Calgary
As personal injury lawyers in Calgary, our firm brings over 100 years of combined experience in handling car accident, whiplash, and TMJ cases. Our legal team has successfully represented several claims that have involved chronic pain, headaches, neck pain, and TMJ related symptoms. We work for you, negotiating with the responsible parties, collecting the maximum compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. Book an appointment today and meet with our lawyers about your matter. We work strictly on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you only pay legal fees after we bring you a fair settlement. Call today.