New York car accidents can result in injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). One way this happens is when a car accident victim experiences whiplash during the impact of the vehicle wreck. Whiplash is one of the more frequent ways that people can suffer a TMJ injury in a vehicle crash.
During a whiplash event, a person’s head is forcefully pushed backward and then forward. The forceful motion puts extreme strain on a person’s jaw and neck. The jaw opens up through the backward motion of the head, and it slams shut through the forward motion of the head.
Whiplash can result in serious jaw injuries during a New York vehicle accident. Accident victims might not understand that they have suffered a TMJ injury right after the wreck, but they can develop symptoms of the injury during the time following the accident.
A TMJ injury can produce the following symptoms:
- Jaw pain
- Pain when opening the mouth, chewing, or talking
- Problems opening the moth
- Popping noises in the jaw
- Bite alignment issues
- Ringing in the ears or earaches
- Vertigo or dizziness
TMJ requires medical care without which a person’s symptoms might worsen over time. If you suffered a jaw or TMJ injury during a vehicle accident in New York, be sure to make an appointment with a medical professional to have your condition evaluated and treated. You next step should be contacting a car accident attorney experienced in New York who can review the circumstances of your case and help you seek compensation for your injuries.
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