Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Injuries Following A Florida Car Accident

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Feb 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Florida trial lawyer, Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD talks about TMJ injuries after Florida car, truck and motorcycle accidents.

The temporo-mandibular joint (“TMJ”) is commonly injured in car accidents.  The TMJ is where the temporal bone and mandible (lower jaw joint) come together just in front of the ear.  The joint has an articular (cartilage) disc between the two bones.  The joint also has a number of ligaments.  The muscles of mastication open and close the joint and allow chewing.

How is the TMJ Injured?

Generally, there are two mechanisms of injury: (1) direct; and (2) indirect.  A direct injury happens when the jaw hits an object in the vehicle (windshield, side window, steering wheel or dash board).  An indirect TMJ injury happens with whiplash forces. For instance, if the head and neck is violently thrown back and forth in the accident these forces can injure the TMJ.

Types of TMJ Injuries

Direct blows can break the mandible, temporal or maxilla bones.  Trauma can also injure the articular disc within the joints, ligaments, tendons or muscles.

Symptoms of a TMJ Injury

Injury to the TMJ can cause a lot of symptoms like:

  • Pain in the jaw
  • Crepitus (popping and clicking in the jaw)
  • Headaches
  • Locking of the jaw in an open or closed position
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Dizziness

Injury to the TMJ can be debilitating.  Women are affected more often than men. The key to getting over TMJ injury is timely diagnosis and treatment.  If a TMJ injury goes undiagnosed, the a person experience permanent pain and dysfunction.  Finally, a lot of insurance adjusters are suspicious of TMJ injuries because they do not how an accident without direct injury to the bones of the jaw can cause TMJ. Because of this lack of knowledge, insurance companies undervalue and do not like to compensate folks who suffer TMJ injury in accidents.  Because of this bias, it is important to hire a lawyer who understands the nature and extent of TMJ injuries and can be a strong advocate for the client.

If you have any questions about a Florida car, truck or motorcycle accident or TMJ injury, contact Dr. Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD at (352) 267-9168 or fill out the Internet consultation form on the right.

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Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+


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