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Can a Car Accident Cause Tinnitus?

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When one thinks of injuries resulting from car accidents, broken bones, whiplash, and even traumatic brain injuries often come to mind. Yet another less commonly discussed but equally debilitating condition can arise: tinnitus.

Tinnitus is characterized by the perception of noise or ringing in the ears, described as buzzing, hissing, or whistling. It is commonly associated with age-related hearing loss or exposure to loud noises, so how can a car accident cause tinnitus?  The short answer is yes: a car accident can indeed cause tinnitus. The force and impact of a collision can jolt the head and body, leading to various injuries, including damage to the inner ear. Immediately and/or over time, it can manifest as temporary or permanent tinnitus.

The sudden loud noise the crash generates can also contribute to tinnitus, particularly if the individual’s ears are exposed. Furthermore, the emotional stress and trauma associated with being in a car accident can exacerbate existing tinnitus or trigger its onset.

What Are the Common Symptoms of Tinnitus After a Car Accident?

If you have been in a car accident and are experiencing tinnitus, you may notice:

  • Ringing, buzzing, or hissing sounds in one or both ears
  • Whistling sounds
  • Roaring sensations
  • Clicking or popping sounds
  • Sensitivity to loud noises
  • Difficulty concentrating or sleeping due to the persistent noise
  • Anxiety, depression, or irritability stemming from the distress caused by the condition

If you experience any of these symptoms following a car accident, you should seek prompt medical attention. A healthcare professional can assess the extent of your injuries, including any damage to your hearing, and recommend appropriate treatment.

How Is Tinnitus Diagnosed?

Diagnosing tinnitus starts with a comprehensive evaluation by a healthcare professional. The doctor will take a detailed medical history and conduct a physical examination, focusing on the ears, head, neck, and neurological system. They may perform hearing tests, like audiograms, to assess the extent of hearing loss and identify any underlying conditions contributing to tinnitus.

Imaging tests like MRI or CT scans may be ordered to rule out structural abnormalities. Once other potential causes are ruled out, the persistent ringing or buzzing sounds perceived by the patient confirm the diagnosis of tinnitus.

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How Can I Seek Compensation for Tinnitus Resulting From a Car Accident?

To pursue a personal injury claim for tinnitus, you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Causation: You must establish a direct link between the car accident and your tinnitus. This generally involves medical documentation, including diagnoses, treatment records, and expert opinions supporting your claim.
  • Damages: You must quantify the damages resulting from your tinnitus, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life. Keep detailed records of all related costs and disruptions caused by the condition.
  • Negligence: You must prove that the other party in the car accident breached their duty of care, directly causing your injuries. That could include evidence of speeding, distracted driving, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Our Atlantic City Car Accident Lawyers at D’Amato Law Firm Secure Favorable Outcomes for Clients

Our skilled Atlantic City car accident lawyers understand your challenges and are dedicated to tirelessly advocating for you. With our guidance, you can focus on your recovery while we handle the legal aspects of your case. Call D’Amato Law Firm at 609-926-3300 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, we serve clients in South Jersey, including Atlantic City, Linwood, Galloway Township, Cape May, Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Ocean City, and Woodbury.