It is possible for you to get vertigo from a car accident. The specific cause of vertigo can vary in these cases. While some dizziness can be minor, other incidents of vertigo could be a sign of a brain injury.
If you experience vertigo in the hours or days after a car accident, it is important that you seek medical treatment right away. After you have addressed your health issues, you could also benefit from a discussion with legal counsel. Our firm could advise you if you have a case for compensation against the party that caused your accident.
What Is Vertigo?
According to Mayo Clinic, vertigo is the sensation that the world is moving or spinning around you. It is one of the conditions that fall into the larger category of dizziness. In general, this condition can leave you feeling off-balance and unsteady.
There are various symptoms of vertigo. In some cases, these symptoms could also be tied to other injuries you have sustained in the motor vehicle collision. These symptoms can include:
- Sensation that the room is spinning
- Sensation that you are spinning
- Concentration problems
- Memory issues
- Difficulty walking
- Neck pain
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How Vertigo Vould Result From a Car Accident
There are different accident-related sources of vertigo. Each case is different, and only a medical professional can help identify the cause.
Understanding the source of your vertigo is important not only for your health but also for any potential personal injury case you pursue as well.
Benign Proximal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
One of the most common causes of vertigo following a motor vehicle accident, BPPV stems from fluid buildup in the inner ear. The fluids within the inner ear play an important part in maintaining balance. This is due to microscopic crystals within the fluid referred to as otoconia.
When these crystals are in the appropriate place, they can assist with balance as well as spatial positioning. If the crystals move from their proper location, it could lead to problems with balance.
A sudden impact could cause issues in the inner ear. When a sudden movement caused by a car accident causes these microscopic crystals to shift out of position, vertigo is a likely outcome.
Neck injuries can also play a role in causing vertigo. A cervicogenic injury is similar to whiplash, and the damage to the neck suffered with this condition could directly impact your balance. These injuries could disrupt your body’s proprioceptors, which are the sensors that help your brain control your posture.
When tissue in the neck is damaged, it can interfere with these receptors. This damage can make it difficult for you to gauge distance and space as well as cause vertigo.
Other neck injuries could also limit the blood flow to your brain, which could also lead to various forms of dizziness.
Temporal Bone Fractures
The temporal bone is one of the two major bones that makes up the skull. This bone forms the base and sides of the skull and is primarily located behind each ear. A fracture of this bone could have a number of health consequences, one of which is vertigo.
The temporal bone could fracture when a car accident results in head trauma. The damage to this bone could also injure the ear or brain, causing further health complications.
In addition to vertigo, temporal bone fractures could also lead to dizziness, loss of balance, and facial paralysis.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
A traumatic brain injury could also lead to vertigo. Brain injuries have a wide range of potential symptoms, and it is not always easy to predict what those symptoms might be. The consequences of a brain injury can also be delayed.
That means you might not experience vertigo for days or even weeks following a TBI.
An Attorney From Our Firm Could Help with Your Vertigo-Related Case
In addition to seeking immediate medical attention, it is also important to talk to a personal injury lawyer from our firm after an accident. Vertigo could be only one of the health issues you face due to your accident. You deserve justice for any injury you suffered at the hands of another party.
Our attorneys could help you pursue fair financial compensation from the negligent party that caused the collision. We will handle every aspect of your case while you focus on what matters most: your recovery.
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If you are experiencing vertigo or other health issues following a car accident, it is time to Call in the Strong Arm. Let the attorneys of Loncar Lyon Jenkins serve as your advocates and pursue the compensation you are entitled to.
To get started with your case, call (877) 239-4878 for your free consultation with a compassionate team member. We want to learn the facts of your accident and get to work for you.