WHIPLASH INJURIES COMMONLY OCCUR IN CAR ACCIDENTS
Whiplash injuries are well known to result from car accidents, trucking collisions, motorcycle accidents, and any other type of motor vehicle collision.
Whiplash injuries result from the abnormal extension (backward bending of the neck) and the rebound flexion (forward bending). The exact opposite occurs in a head-on collision with flexion first and extension on the rebound.
Whiplash injuries can involve damage to the muscles, nerves, ligaments, intervertebral discs and even the bones (vertebrae) of the neck and back when the flexion-extension forces take the body parts beyond their natural ability to bend, causing tears, hemorrhages and fractures.
THE SAME FORCES THAT CAUSE WHIPLASH INJURY ALSO INJURY THE JAW JOINT (TMJ)
Whiplash forces can also cause major damage to the TMJ (tempo-mandibular joint) which is where the jaw attaches to the head, just in front of the ear. The symptoms of TMJ injury include:
(1) significant pain with all movements of the jaw;
(2) muscle spasm;
(3) difficulty chewing and opening and closing the mouth;
(4) pain radiating into the head (headaches);
(5) clicking and popping sounds in the jaw; and
(6) in more serious cases, the jaw will actually “lock up”.
TMJ INJURIES ARE OFTEN OVERLOOKED IN THE INITIAL MEDICAL TREATMENT
TMJ injuries are very often overlooking in the Emergency Department, as attention is directed to more obvious injuries and frequently concealed by the use of pain medications ad symptoms of shock.
TMJ INJURIES CAN RESULT IN PERMANENT DISABILITY
There is no question that TMJ injuries can result in significant disability, both short-term and permanent. Just imagine how disrupting a person’s life is when they have pain with every movement of the jaw-every time they try to chew.
SCHMIDT SALITA LAWYERS ARE EXPERIENCED IN REPRESENTING THE VICTIMS OF TMJ INJURIES.
The experienced and skilled personal injury lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team at the Schmidt Law Firm have many years of experience in detecting TMJ injuries and getting their clients to medical providers who are experienced in diagnosing and treating TMJ injuries.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team provides 5 star rated (highest possible rating) legal services to the victims of personal injury and wrongful death of family members in motor vehicle collisions, slip-trip-fall injuries, and workplace injuries entitling the worker to workers compensation benefits.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team collectively has over 50 years of experience in bringing the highest possible legal services to personal injury, wrongful death and workers compensation cases in all of Minnesota, including the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the surrounding areas of Bloomington, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Ossea, Anoka, Edina, Eden Prairie, Savage, Shakopee, Apple Valley, Burnsville, Chanhassen, and Plymouth.