While some people might think that a jaw-related injury is minor and wouldn’t earn you a significant settlement if you sued the party at-fault for such an injury, those people would be wrong.
In fact, TMJ injuries are serious injuries that can affect how you eat, drink, speak, sleep, and more. If you have recently been in an accident that caused a TMJ injury, you should hire the personal injury lawyer Alberta residents trust. At Diamond & Diamond, we can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your TMJ injuries.
What is a TMJ injury and how severe is it?
TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint. This is a joint in the jaw that occurs where the jaw bone (mandible) meets the skull (specifically, the temporal bone). You can feel the temporomandibular joint by opening and closing your mouth and feeling your cheek in front of your ear.
An injury caused to the TMJ is serious because this joint is responsible for a number of everyday functions, including:
- Speaking, singing, and playing instruments
- Brushing your teeth, having dental work done
How can a motor vehicle accident cause TMJ?
You may be surprised at how easily a motor vehicle accident can cause TMJ. In fact, injuries to the head, neck, face, and jaw are quite common in motor vehicle accidents. This is because these areas of the body are especially exposed in a car accident.
If you are in a car accident, whiplash is often related to a TMJ injury. Other things that can cause TMJ injuries include:
- Excess stress, causing excessive clenching of the jaw
- Being punched in the jaw
- Falling or being hit in the head
Is TMJ disorder capped in Alberta?
Previously, when TMJ injuries were not considered minor injuries, they were not capped in Alberta. However, there have been recent changes to the minor injury regulation Alberta. Now, TMJ injuries are considered minor injuries. Therefore, when a TMJ injury does not involve damage to the articular disc or damage to the bones or teeth within the jaw, the compensation will be subject to a cap.
In many situations, without damage to the articular disc, bones, or teeth, it can be difficult to know if a TMJ injury has actually occurred. To help you understand this type of injury, here are the most common signs and symptoms associated with TMJ injuries:
- Aches in the ear
- Pain while chewing or trouble chewing
- Aches in the face, especially near the ear
- Pain or difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Tenderness or pain of the jaw
- “Lockjaw” (locking of the jaw joint)
- Pain or tenderness in the temporomandibular joint
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Seeking Compensation for TMJ Injuries in Alberta
If you experienced a TMJ injury in Alberta, an attorney can help you recoup deserved compensation for your injuries. No one should have to endure the discomfort, mental anguish, suffering, and extensive expenses associated with TMJ injuries. Being injured in this way can be both physically and mentally painful.
Choose the personal injury lawyer Alberta residents trust. Choose Diamond & Diamond Lawyers to help you recover damages associated with:
- Medical expenses, including the future costs of therapy, medication, and other treatments
- Lost wages and other lost earnings
- Property loss
- Loss of enjoyment and consortium
- Pain and suffering
Call upon us for an experienced TMJ personal injury attorney to help you.
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- How much is my TMJ injury claim worth?
The amount your TMJ personal injury settlement will depend on several key factors. First, you have to prove liability. Proving 100% liability of the at-fault party will result in the highest payout. Proving only partial liability will not result in as high a settlement. Next, you have to figure out the severity of the damages, which will dictate how much you make your claim for. How badly were you injured, and what sort of treatments did you need in order to recover? The more treatment you require and the more losses you endure, the higher the injury claim will be.
- What is the average time to settle a TMJ personal injury lawsuit in Alberta?
Timeframes of TMJ personal injury lawsuits will inevitably vary. Naturally, the amount of time it takes to conclude a TMJ personal injury case will depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident itself. Additionally, the timeframe will depend on the unique parties involved in the case. If the defendant will not admit fault, for example, the case may not be able to be settled and may need to be brought to court.
Finally, it depends on how much you are seeking for damages in the case. In many cases, TMJ cases will only take a few months to conclude. Other situations may create cases that take up to two years to conclude.
- What is the cap on soft tissue injury in Alberta?
The minor injury cap in Alberta for soft tissue injuries is about $5,202,00 in addition to lost wages and treatment costs.