Do you Suffer from Tinnitus as a Result of a Road Traffic Accident?
Road traffic accidents commonly result in orthopaedic injuries such as broken bones, cuts or bruises. However, there are also occasions when less common injuries occur, such as tinnitus.
Although tinnitus is usually associated with industrial deafness claims, where people are exposed to loud noises for long periods of time, compensation for tinnitus after a car accident is possible as tinnitus is linked to whiplash, along with dizzines, hearing loss and vertigo. This can either be as a result of direct impact to the ear or due to airbag deployment.
An article produced by the Tinnitus Journal website suggests that about 80% of whiplash cases caused by road traffic accidents actually recover within a few months. However, about 15 to 20%, around 40,000 cases a year, develop symptoms that occur later on. These symptoms include neck pain, headaches, vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus, visual disturbances and post-traumatic stress disorder.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a condition where the sufferer hears sounds when no external sound is present. People who suffer from tinnitus usually complain of a ‘ringing in the ears’, which can be high or low in pitch. It is also sometimes accompanied by some form of hearing loss.
Although most people learn to manage the condition, tinnitus can have a severely detrimental impact on a person’s day to day life, often interfering with their ability to concentrate or sleep, which can sometimes lead to depression.
Symptoms of tinnitus
If you believe you are suffering from tinnitus, you may experience in your ears the following symptoms after a car accident:
- Whooshing or rushing
These symptoms may be constant or intermittent and most sufferers are more aware of their symptoms during quiet periods, such as when they’re lying in bed at night.
Is Tinnitus treatable?
There is currently no universal treatment for tinnitus that works for everyone. However, if the underlying cause of tinnitus is found then treating this may improve the condition.
Unfortunately, for some tinnitus may become a permanent condition. In this case, treatment focuses on helping you to manage the condition. Some treatments include:
- Sound Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
How Much is a Tinnitus Claim Worth?
Tinnitus Claims from What’s My Claim Worth:
- £50,000 in compensation for the multiple injuries she incurred during road traffic accident
- £34,000 in compensation for tinnitus following a road traffic accident
- £20,000 in compensation for hearing loss following a road traffic accident
Making a Tinnitus Compensation Claim
If you think that you may have developed tinnitus as a result of a road traffic accident, it is important that you seek the advice of a specialist solicitor who is experienced in dealing with tinnitus claims.
At What’s My Claim Worth we have vast experience in dealing with tinnitus claims. We employ a dual qualified doctor/solicitor and have an entire hearing loss department who have years of experience in hearing loss and tinnitus claims.
Get an instant estimate of how much your claim could be worth using our Claimometer, or call our road traffic accident specialists, who will be happy to advise you on the facts of your own case.