Whiplash alone can be an extremely painful and debilitating condition. It can also lead to other whiplash-related disorders, including Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
How can whiplash cause Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is where the upper jaw and lower jaw meet. This means there is a TMJ on each side of your face, and together they allow your jaw to move up and down, enabling you to talk, bite, yawn and chew.
The TMJ is a 'ball and socket' joint with a disc placed in the middle. However, it is possible that this disc becomes dislodged, thereby removing the cushion that sits between the skull and jaw. This can happen in a number of ways, with one of the most common being a traumatic accident - such as a road traffic collision.
For example, if your vehicle is hit from behind, your head will suddenly be thrown away from your body and violently whipped backwards. This will damage the soft-tissue in the neck and shoulders, resulting in a whiplash injury. The force of the impact may also cause your jaw to become displaced. This will soon lead to a series of symptoms which together indicate Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. These include:
- Pain in the head, neck and ear and jaw;
- Reduced movement in the jaw;
- Popping or clicking of the jaw;
- Ringing and fullness in the ear;
Have you wrongfully suffered Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder can be very uncomfortable, and in severe cases can continue in the long-term. Therefore if you have wrongfully developed the condition, you deserve to be compensated.
A solicitor who specialises in whiplash claims will be able to suggest whether or not you are in a position to claim. However, if the accident was not your fault, it is very likely that you will be eligible to proceed with litigation. Perhaps another driver hit the back of your vehicle, or you were travelling on public transport and you were involved in an accident. Whatever the circumstances of your case, if you are not to blame for your injuries, you need to seek expert legal advice.
Speak to a solicitor
If you would like to make a claim for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder that you sustained during a road traffic collision, contact a specialist solicitor today. An expert will be able to advise you as to whether you have grounds for a claim. All our solicitors specialise in whiplash claims, meaning they are well-placed to manage your claim and will help you to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder can result from whiplash. Find out more about whiplash symptoms.