Motor vehicle accidents are a source of many common personal injuries. Occasionally, however, we are confronted with more exotic injuries. Tinnitus is one such injury. Tinnitus, or “ringing in the ears,” occurs every so often as a result of trauma sustained in a car accident. We have spent much time investigating this rare injury, and have had occasion to assist several clients in locating resources to assist in treating tinnitus.
Tinnitus is a maddening condition for those afflicted with it. You can read more about that here: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/03/living-with-a-sound-you-can%e2%80%99t-turn-off/. In fact some historians believe that Van Gogh cut off his ear and was driven mad by tinnitus. It is well-accepted in medical circles that tinnitus can result from a whiplash-type of injury. Further, the condition can be objectively proven through precise audiology testing. We have worked with top ENT physicians to prove this injury on several occasions, including one car accident case that resulted in a verdict with punitive damages.
Motor vehicle accidents commonly result in orthopedic injuries, like neck, back and knee injuries, or fracture. But on occasion, less common injuries occur, like tinnitus or traumatic brain injury (TBI), that carry potentially devastating consequences. When those injuries occur, it is important to hire an experienced attorney to assist in proving that the injury was related to the car accident and also to assist in finding resources that will optimize your recovery. Most importantly, do not try to ignore ringing in your ears when it develops soon after an auto crash.