Florida Motor Vehicle Accidents: Hearing Damage and Tinnitus Claims
A Florida motor vehicle accident may result in a number of injuries that range in severity. Though most think of broken bones, cuts, and concussions when they think of accident-related injuries, serious impacts on the senses may also occur. For example, many accident victims suffer from hearing damage or tinnitus after a crash.
There are many different ways that hearing loss may occur after a motor vehicle accident. For example, if the victim’s head hits the side of the car, the steering wheel, the dashboard, or some other area of the car, the victim may suffer a head injury that results in hearing loss. The delicate bones inside the ear may be broken or damaged, or bleeding inside the ear that causes hearing loss may occur.
Some accident victims develop hearing loss after an accident if the vehicle’s airbags deploy. The airbags are exceptionally loud when they burst, and the sudden noise may cause hearing loss.
Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing in the ears. Tinnitus is generally a symptom of an ear injury, such as those that may occur during a motor vehicle accident. Tinnitus has reportedly been caused by whiplash injuries, loud noises, and head injuries.
Hearing loss may have a devastating impact on an accident victim. Hearing loss may require the accident victim to take on different job roles, or it may require in-home assistance at times. Hearing loss may also necessitate expensive hearing aids or hiring a sign language instructor.
These expenses and several other types of damages may be pursuable in a Florida personal injury claim. A personal injury attorney helps accident victims build their cases to ensure all of their medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages are fully accounted for in a legal claim.