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Ear Injuries after a Car Accident

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When people think of head injuries, they usually think of trauma to the brain. And for good reason: many car accidents cause concussions and other traumatic brain injuries that result in continuing complications.

But motorists can also suffer serious ear injuries in any kind of motor vehicle accident, even one at low speeds. These ear injuries can leave motorists in considerable pain and impair their hearing. If someone crashed into you, then you might be entitled to compensation.

TMJ Injuries

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to your skull. In a car accident, you can injure this bone by striking it against an object (such as the steering wheel). Or you might stress it as your head is thrown back and you clench your jaw muscles to keep your jaw in place. This action can put pressure on the TMJ or damage the jawbone itself. As a result, you can feel chronic pain at the TMJ.

Middle and Inner Ear Problems

The ear is very complicated, and a lot can go wrong in a traumatic accident like a car crash. Any damage to either your middle or inner ear can result in:

  • Dizziness
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Vertigo
  • Vomiting
  • Vision problems
  • Neck pain
  • Sleep disruption

When inner ear problems are particularly serious, victims can experience difficulty walking, standing up, and finding their balance.

Impaired Hearing

Some injured motorists experience hearing loss after a collision. There are many causes, such as:

  • Damage to the inner ear, such as the eardrum
  • Damage to the outer ear that causes swelling, which increases pressure on the inner ear
  • Concussion that damages the part of the brain that controls hearing

Some hearing loss can be reversed with surgery and sufficient rest, but some hearing impairment might be permanent.

A car accident can also cause tinnitus, which is a constant ringing in your ear. The ringing makes it hard to communicate. It can also cause severe emotional and physical distress.

Cosmetic Damage to the Earlobe

A severe head injury could also tear off the earlobe or severely damage it. These injuries might only be cosmetic, but they can be deeply traumatizing to victims. Because ears are visible, any disfigurement can affect a motorist’s sense of self and self-esteem. Because of the injury, a motorist might feel intense embarrassment, anxiety, and a fear of going out in public. Plastic surgery can correct or mask the problem but is very expensive.

Ear injuries also have many complications, but the most serious is a risk of infection. The infection can spread and cause more damage to the head. Strong antibiotics might be necessary for treatment.

Speak to a Car Accident Lawyer in Brooklyn

After an accident, you should obtain immediate medical attention to give yourself a good chance to make a speedy recovery. Then you should contact an experienced car accident lawyer who can represent your interests. At the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates in Brooklyn, our team of car accident lawyers is prepared to do whatever it takes to get you back on your feet, including fighting for compensation.

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