Have you Suffered Jaw Pain as the Result of a Road Traffic Accident?
Jaw pain following a road traffic accident is a very common occurrence. It could be the result of a jaw injury, such as a broken or fractured jaw caused by direct force and trauma to the face, or a longer term problem such as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ).
Whatever the cause, a jaw injury can be a very painful and uncomfortable experience. It not only prevents you from performing everyday tasks such as eating and talking, it can also take many months to properly heal.
If you have suffered from jaw pain as a result of a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
Types of Jaw Pain
Jaw pain following a road traffic collision can be the result of a number of jaw-related injuries, including;
- Dislocated jaws
- Broken or fractured jaws
- TMJ disorder
One injury that is often associated with road traffic accidents claims is TMJ disorder. This is an injury to the Temporomandibular Joint, which is located just in front of the ear and connects the jawbone (or mandible) to the skull.
A common cause of TMJ disorder is whiplash, where opposing forces to the head and jaw, or a direct impact to the head or jaw, can cause damage to your temporomandibular joint.
If you sustain an injury to the temporomandibular joint during a road traffic accident, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Pain in the joint, just in front of the ear
- Noises when you chew or move your mouth
- Sensitivity to sound
Also, according to the British Tinnitus Association (BTA), people with TMJ problems are more likely to suffer from tinnitus.
Unfortunately, because there can be a delay in the onset of symptoms for TMJ disorder, some claimants may not realise they have the condition for several months. Therefore, caution is advised when accepting early settlements before all your symptoms have been identified.
Broken or Fractured Jaw
Another injury that is often associated with road traffic accidents is a broken jaw, also known as a mandibular fracture. As the biggest bone in the lower part of the face, the jawbone is very susceptible to trauma during a collision, usually as a result of colliding with the steering wheel, dashboard or seat.
Broken jaw symptoms
If you were to suffer a broken or fractured jaw in a road traffic accident, typical symptoms would include:
- Teeth not fitting together properly
- Not being able to fully open the jaw as normal
- Problems with speaking
- Severe swelling around the jaw area
- Numbness in the chin or lower lip
- Bleeding in the mouth
- Bruising under the tongue
- Damage to the ear canal from movement of the broken jawbone
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Making a Broken Jaw Claim
If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer a jaw injury and/or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder as a result of a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, it is important that you seek the advice of a specialist solicitor who is experienced in dealing with these types of claims.
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TMJ Disorder can be a very common occurrence from an RTA incident. One client of ours was helped to achieving a compensation claim of £50,000.