Motorcyclists can sustain many injuries in a crash. Typically, a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) injury doesn’t come to mind for injured motorcyclists. However, it is a common injury that warrants medical attention and financial compensation.
A TMJ injury is a jaw injury that is not only painful, but can make eating or talking difficult due to the locking of the jaw. This condition affects the muscles, ligaments, bones, and discs of the jaw, causing pain and limited range of motion. Unfortunately, a person who suffers a TMJ injury in a Sarasota motorcycle crash may not even know that he has sustained this type of injury for weeks or months. This is especially true if other facial or head injuries also occurred in the crash. Because most doctors don’t test for TMJ, the condition is frequently diagnosed by a dentist. However, it is unlikely that an injured motorcyclist would visit a dentist following a motorcycle wreck unless he or she broke some teeth.
Because many people overlook jaw pain or don’t know what they are experiencing, a TMJ injury may not be diagnosed for many days following an accident. The danger of this situation is twofold:
- Injured motorcyclists may agree to a settlement before they know the full extent of their injuries.
- Insurance companies may question the gap in medical care. They will look to see how far out the TMJ injury was diagnosed from the accident in an attempt to deny coverage.
Injured motorcyclists deserve just compensation for their TMJ injuries caused by negligent drivers who drive drunk, drive distracted, speed, violate traffic laws, or just fail to look out for motorcyclists. Whether a motorcyclist was out for a leisurely ride or commuting to work, if a reckless driver caused the wreck then that driver should be held liable.
Whether you suffered a TMJ injury, facial injury, or head injury, you deserve to be properly compensated for your injuries that were caused by a carless driver. You need to make sure you get compensated for the following:
- Medical expenses, including your doctor’s visits, dentist’s visits, x-rays, exams, surgery, prescription costs and more
- Lost wages that you incurred due to time away from work
- Other damages, including pain and suffering
Because the insurance company may not want to compensate you the amount you deserve, you need to hire a skilled Sarasota motorcycle accident lawyer at the Mallard Law Firm to obtain the compensation you are owed. Call us today at 888-409-3805 for a free, no-obligation consultation.