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Whiplash-related Temporomandibular Joint TMJ Injury Claims After a Motor Vehicle Accident

March 04, 2019

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one area of the body that can sustain injury during a vehicle accident. One of the most common ways TMJ injuries occur during a car crash is through whiplash.

Whiplash is one of the most common conditions that can result in TMJ injuries, including temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and TMJ dysfunction. Most people think of whiplash as affecting the neck and spine, but it can also cause TMJ injury. Whiplash is a violent motion of the head from backward to forward that can lead to many problems.

Side effects of whiplash include:

  • Vertebral disc stretching
  • Muscle strain in the neck, face, back, and head
  • Stretch and strain of ligaments in the neck, face, back, and head
  • Nerve injury, blood vessel injury, and soft tissue injury

During whiplash, while the jaw is not the area of direct impact, the movement of the head, face, and neck during whiplash can cause injury to the TMJ. The jaw is usually forced open during the forceful movement of whiplash, then the jaw suddenly closes again as the person’s head moves forward. 

The muscles connected to the TMJ can undergo strain during whiplash that causes tearing and other soft tissue damage. Even if the car accident occurred at a lower rate of travel, a person can still experience whiplash and resulting TMJ injury. While the person might feel the effects of whiplash in their neck or back right after the accident, the TMJ injury symptoms can appear later.  If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact Montlick & Associates today.  Our experienced attorneys will examine the facts and circumstances of what happened and advise you on your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights.

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