The temporomandibular (tem-puh-roe-man-DIB-u-lur) joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to your skull. You have one joint on each side of your jaw.
TMJ is a condition that may be caused by multiple things including automobile accidents and trauma to the face and jaw. The condition may result in prolonged pain in the face, jaw, neck and even shoulders. People who suffer from it may also have chronic headaches and earaches, and they may suffer from hearing loss. It is important for individuals who experience the symptoms of TMJ to seek medical attention promptly. Failing to properly diagnose and treat the disorder may lead to further long-term problems.
TMJ SYMPTOMS AND DIAGNOSIS AFTER AN AUTO ACCIDENT
One may not notice the symptoms until weeks later. Whiplash results in significant damage to your jaw joint that makes your head feel heavy. TMJ whiplash diagnosis requires a comprehensive approach from an experienced and highly-trained specialist.
Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include:
- Pain or tenderness of the jaw
- Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing and opening the mouth
- Facial pain
- Muscle spasms in the face
- Sleep apnea
- Locking of the jaw, especially when chewing on hard foods such as nuts, apples – making it difficult to open or close the mouth in the process
After a car accident, many people start by seeing their dentists because of their jaw pain. The dentists may check for ranges of motion, joint pain and misalignment. Clients may also be referred to other doctors for further testing and diagnosis. Tests that may be performed include MRIs, x-rays, physical examinations.
TMJ TREATMENTS AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
After an auto accident, if your symptoms persist, your doctor may recommend a variety of treatment choices. Along with other nonsurgical treatments, medication options may help relieve the pain associated with TMJ disorders. Other non-drug therapies for TMJ disorders and injuries include, oral splints or mouth guards. Along with exercises to stretch and strengthen jaw muscles, treatments for TMJ injuries may include ultrasound, moist heat and ice.
WHY CHOOSE ARATTA LAW FIRM?
At our firm, every injured client will be in direct contact with an attorney. Many large corporate law firms end up transferring you to a case manager – you never speak to an attorney directly and your case becomes part of the mill.
At our firm, we do things different. We pay close attention to every individual case, from the inception and throughout the process of the claim / lawsuit. Our diligence and attention to detail result in consistent higher settlements, which adds up to a higher compensation for you, the client.
ATTORNEY’S ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE
Even though you may have a solid personal injury claim, the skill and the attentiveness of your attorney can also considerably impact how much compensation you will receive for your injuries. If your injury claim is negotiated by a case manager, assigned to your file at a firm, and not an attorney, your claim may end up settling for a lesser amount. This is because adjusters know who they’re dealing with and how aggressive the firm is when settling injury cases. Insurance adjuster also know who they can bully into accepting lower settlements.
An attorney’s ability to negotiate a settlement is, in many ways, the most important skill an attorney possesses. Lawyers who are effective negotiators know the importance of timing, preparation and strategy. That being said, our firm recognizes the importance of precision, timing and subsequent results, which is the foundation of Aratta Law. At our firm, nothing happens by luck but by great preparation and good strategy.