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TMJ Injury Resulting from a Georgia Car Accident

March 04, 2019

During a car accident in Georgia, a person might experience whiplash, which is a common injury from vehicle crashes. Whiplash can result not only in injuries to a person’s neck, back, and shoulders, it can also result in injuries to a person’s jaw.

Specifically, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can become injured during a whiplash event from a car accident. When a person experiences whiplash, his or her head is forced backward and then forward again in a violent manner. This can jolt the neck and also strain the jaw. As the head is pushed backward from impact, the jaw opens. As the head is forced forward again, the jaw closes. 

In a car accident in Georgia, the force on the jaw can be equal to or more damaging than that on the head, neck, and spine during whiplash. Even though a person might not know it right away, TMJ injury can turn up following whiplash and require medical attention. 

Signs of TMJ injury include the following:

  • ·Pain in the jaw
  • ·Pain upon opening the mouth, such as to chew or to talk
  • ·Difficulty opening the mouth entirely
  • ·Popping upon opening the mouth
  • ·Changes in the alignment of a person’s bite
  • ·Unexplained earaches or ringing in the ears
  • ·Feelings of dizziness or vertigo

The symptoms of the TMJ injury might become worse if a person does not seek medical treatment for the issue. Upon suffering a TMJ injury from a Georgia car accident, you will want to see a doctor and also contact a Georgia car accident lawyer to discuss the possibility of a car accident claim. 

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Category: Auto Accidents

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