Damage to the jaw can have an extensive impact on an individual’s life as it can restrict a person’s ability to eat food, breathe and talk, and could mean they are left with permanent injury or disfigurement.
A dislocated jaw is an injury that occurs when one or both of the joints that connect the lower jawbone to the skull become broken, these joints are known as the temporomandibular joint. They can crack, break, and can become unhinged from the skull, and thus the unhinging of the joints in the jaw is identified as a dislocation.
Jaw injuries can have severe, long-term health effects. Common symptoms of jaw injuries typically include difficulties opening the mouth, complications with chewing, brushing teeth, and numbness on the face, disfigurement and damage to the teeth.
What do common injuries to the jaw include?
- Broken jaw.
- Cancer of the jaw.
- Nerve damage to the jaw.
- Temporomandibular Disorder.
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What are the causes of a Broken or Dislocated Jaw
Trauma to the face is the prime cause of a dislocated or fractured jaw. Common types of injury that can cause fractures or dislocations in the jawbone are:
- Sports Injuries.
- Road traffic accidents.
- Accidental falls in the home.
- Industrial or workplace accidents.
- Slip, Trip and fall.
- Dental negligence.
Physiology of jaw include
The jawbone extends from your chin to behind your ear.
The lower jaw bone is known as the mandible. The ramus is the part of the mandible to the sides and back of the lower jaw.
The joints that connect the lower jawbone to the skull are known as the temporomandibular joints (The chewing joint).
The lower jaw is the only moving bone on the face whereas the upper jaw does not move and is made up primarily of the maxilla bone (with the alveolar process holding the upper teeth).
The jaw muscle is one of the strongest muscles in the human body and attaches either side of the face and passes into the neck.
In order to bite and chew food effectively it is vital there is the right functioning of the jaws and that the upper and lower jaw are in line.
What are the effects of a Broken or Dislocated Jaw?
- Pain, swelling, and bleeding are instant indications of a broken jaw.
- Bleeding may cause breathing difficulties for some victims as the blood flow can block the airways.
- Pain and tenderness when chewing or speaking.
- Limited ability to move the jaw.
- Numbness and bruising in the face and gums.
- Abnormality in the shape of the face. The jaw or face can have a lumpy appearance.
- Impact of a serious injury could also cause teeth to be lost to loosen.
- Pain which may become worse when the mouth is moved.
- An overbite.
- Teeth won’t line up.
- Being unable to close the mouth completely, and which may cause drooling.
- Difficulty in speaking.
How much could you claim for your injuries?
Compensation is judged on the severity of the damage and whether or not a full recovery is made, damage to the teeth can also go hand in hand with a jaw injury. If an accident was caused by another person and resulted in you suffering with a jaw injury, you could make a claim for compensation.
|Unrecovered fractured jaw after surgery:||
£10,000 to £25,000
|Fractured jaw which recovers fully after surgery:||
Up to £5,000
|Simple fracture claim pay-outs:||
£4,500 to £6,800
|Multiple fractures compensation amounts:||
Up to £30,000
*Please note that the compensation you may receive can differ as aspects of special damages have yet still to be considered, each case is arbitrated individually and is dependent on both the injury and the consequences. Therefore it is important for you to contact us for a full consultation and what you could expect to receive.
How can I make a claim for an injury to the jaw?
Before starting your personal injury claim, you can contact Grieves Solicitors and speak to one of our personal injury specialists. From the beginning of your claim, our team will work with you, your family and the medical team to ensure the earliest form of recovery and compensation available.
Specialised analysis of the condition forms the basis of your claim, one of our solicitors will arrange a medical examination as part of your claim process. We will help guide you through the step by step process and the strength of your claim as well as offer you advice on the most appropriate course of action for you to take.
Why you should choose Grieves Solicitors
With over 20 years’ experience of handling personal injury claims for a wide range of problems, we have the essential knowledge and expertise to give you the best possible chance of securing compensation for your injury. Our personal injury specialists have had many years of specialist experience and training in dealing with personal injury claims, we have helped clients receive up to millions of pounds in compensation.
We are delighted to announce that over 98% of our clients have rated our service as excellent or good, as well as 98% whom stated they would definitely use us again and/or would recommend us to family or friends.
Grieves Solicitors will guide you through every stage of the legal procedure and will keep you informed on the progress of your claim throughout. Besides dealing with jaw injury compensation claims, Grieves Solicitors also deal with personal injury claims for injuries to other parts of the body.
How to contact us
Our team of experienced personal injury solicitors acknowledge that an injury of any sort can have a serious effect on the victim’s quality of life, their capability to work and the ability to carry out usual tasks. Have you suffered from injury to your jaw through negligence of another person? Speak to our specialist personal injury solicitors today for advice and guidance on making a claim.