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Tinnitus Awareness Week 2024 – Developing Tinnitus Following a Road Traffic Accident

Tinnitus Awareness Week 2024 aims to raise awareness of tinnitus, its symptoms and causes, and how it can be diagnosed and treated and here at Oliver & Co we are showing our support.

The development of tinnitus following a road traffic accident is more common than you may think and can certainly be life changing to sufferers.

After a road traffic accident, an individual may experience tinnitus symptoms such as, a ringing noise in their ears which can be very frustrating and severely interfere with sleep patterns. This in turn may change the way in which they can interact with crowds, socially or at work, as their ability to fully concentrate is reduced. In many cases tinnitus after a crash can even lead to anxiety and depression.

Hoping that the tinnitus sound will go away, many people will simply do nothing about the problem, often only seeking treatment much later.  In many cases, tinnitus will go away on its own, but road traffic collisions can result in permanent symptoms on many occasions.  If you have been injured in a collision and are experiencing these symptoms, we recommend that you visit your GP for treatment as soon as possible. Your GP may then refer you to an Ear Nose and Throat expert for tinnitus treatment.

Tinnitus following a collision is often caused by damage to the ear or brain following a bang to the head from a steering wheel, dashboard, or window frame. Whiplash can also cause ringing in the ears caused by damage to the inner ear or brainstem.  Noise exposure, such as the sound the airbag makes when it deploys is also a cause of the condition.

There are numerous available tinnitus treatments such as tinnitus retraining therapy that can reduce the symptoms of tinnitus or at least help you learn to cope with your enduring symptoms to make them more manageable.

If you have not previously suffered from tinnitus but soon after a road traffic accident experienced these symptoms, contact us to see whether there is a possibility of you recovering compensation for this injury. In many cases, tinnitus can attract high levels of monetary damages, particularly if the symptoms are permanent.

We have recently settled a claim for a client who was passenger in a vehicle which was struck from behind by another vehicle. Our client developed tinnitus symptoms soon after the accident along with other more minor injuries.  We instructed a specialist GP and an ENT expert to prepare a report which confirmed that the symptoms were likely to be permanent and may leave our client at a disadvantage in securing and maintaining work, given that he generally worked on a building site.  We were able to arrange private treatment for him to help him live with his condition and settled his successful tinnitus claim for £35,000 without having to issue court proceedings.

Our client said:

“I contacted Oliver & Co for advice on an accident injury claim.
Allison Pepper took on my case and was brilliant she explained all the legalities in a way I could understand, she always answered her phone or called me back when I had questions, she gave me great advice and kept me up to date with everything! The award was far better than I expected I would highly recommend.”

Further information

For further information about National Tinnitus Week 2024, visit Tinnitus UK (previously The British Tinnitus Association).

How can we help?

Our Personal Injury Team has extensive experience in helping people suffering with hearing loss and tinnitus caused by a road traffic accident. Our specialist team of solicitors, as well as a fully trained audiologist, will fight for the compensation that you deserve. Our team understands that it can be a very difficult and daunting time for you and they will do their best to offer an unparalleled support network and specialist legal expertise.

If you have suffered a personal injury, which was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. If you are suffering from loss of hearing, buzzing or ringing in your ears, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.

We understand that the symptoms that you are suffering from can have serious consequences on your day-to-day life. When fighting for your compensation we take into account any time you have had to take off work, any treatment you have had to pay for including the cost of hearing aids and any other losses that you may have incurred.

All claims are dealt with on a no win, no fee basis.

Call 01244 312306 to speak to a member of our specialist team of Personal Injury lawyers who will assist you further with this matter.

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