Why Pain in Your Jaw or Ears May be a Sign of a Severe Car Crash Injury
Did you know pain in your jaw or ears after a car crash could be a sign of a brain or spinal cord injury?
While jaw or ear pain could be an indication of a problem that is limited to your jaw or ear, you should not assume this. You need to be examined by a licensed medical professional.
Below, we discuss the implications of pain in your ear or jaws. If you are dealing with an injury after a car crash that was not your fault, TSR Injury Law may be able to assist you. We have been taking on insurance companies for decades, securing compensation for those injured in many types of crashes.
An initial legal consultation with one of our experienced Minneapolis vehicle accident attorneys is free of charge. We also do not get paid for representing you unless you receive compensation through an out-of-court settlement or courtroom verdict.
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Why Your Ears May be Hurting After a Crash
A blow to the head could easily cause damage to your inner ear, as the inner ear is quite fragile. For example, you could hit your head on the steering wheel or door window when struck by another car.
If you experience any of these symptoms after a car crash, it could indicate an injury to your ear:
- Feeling like your ear canal is blocked
- Difficulty hearing
- Feeling dizzy
- Tinnitus, also known as ringing in the ears
- Feeling sick to your stomach
Long-Term Problems Associated With Ear Pain
The injury may be limited to your ear. However, sometimes damage to the ear is associated with another issue. For example, if fluid or blood comes out of your ears it could be a symptom of an injury to your spinal cord or a fractured skull. Such injuries may be particularly likely if you got hit in the head.
Ringing in the ears may be tinnitus, but there are times when it is also a symptom of whiplash. Whiplash is a neck injury caused by the sudden back and forth movement of the neck. Muscles, tendons and ligaments could get sprained or torn, causing intense pain in the neck that may move down the shoulders and into the arms.
You should not wait to seek treatment for something as serious as a skull fracture or spinal cord injury. Without treatment, the injury could get much worse. Spinal cord damage could result in some level of paralysis and significant back pain.
Why is My Jaw Hurting After a Car Crash?
Your jaw is one of the most fragile parts of your skull, as it is the only part that moves.
A blow to the jaw could do significant damage to the muscles and ligaments around the bone. This could make it much harder to use the jaw the way you normally do, such as for talking or chewing food. For example, you may get temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) after a blow to the jaw in a car crash.
TMJ symptoms include:
- Pain in your ear and/or face
- Difficulty closing or opening your mouth
- Struggling to chew food or pain that gets worse when you chew
- Headaches, including headaches when you wake up
- Clicking when moving your jaw
TMJ could make everyday life much more difficult. Imagine dealing with pain each time you talk or chew food. TMJ can make it difficult to sleep, as the pain makes it difficult to relax.
You may think the injury will heal on its own if you just take it easy. However, you need to use your jaw countless times per day. Your jaw injury is unlikely to get significantly better unless you get treatment from qualified medical professionals.
When Could Jaw Pain Indicate a Severe Injury
As TMJ could be caused by a blow to the head, you may have also suffered a traumatic brain injury, damage to your skull, or even whiplash. This may be particularly likely if you have jaw pain and ear pain.
Anyone who gets injured in a crash needs to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. This is especially true if you have pain in your ears or your jaw. Without treatment, everyday life can be particularly difficult. Chronic pain makes everyday life a challenge because it is hard to concentrate on what you are doing. Sleep can become difficult, which makes you tired, and this affects you mentally.
If you wait to seek treatment, you are not only affecting your recovery, but you are also hurting your chances of recovering full compensation for your damages. The insurance company will use a delay in treatment to claim you were injured because of something besides the crash. The insurance company may also say you failed to take reasonable steps to mitigate your damages.
Call TSR Injury Law Today to Discuss Your Claim
Car crashes can cause devastating injuries that take a long time to heal. If you were injured in a vehicle crash, you need experienced legal representation. You cannot count on the insurance company to provide the compensation you need for medical bills and other damages.
Contact our firm today to learn more about how we may be able to assist you during this challenging time. We take cases on contingency, which means no upfront fees.
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