One of the lesser-known injuries after an accident is vestibular dysfunction. Whiplash and brain trauma following a car accident can result in vestibular dysfunction. It can develop immediately following the accident, or may develop weeks or even months after the accident. Victims of vestibular dysfunction often feel helpless, frustrated, and hopeless, as they find themselves unable to get relief from the symptoms of the injury. A Denver vestibular dysfunction attorney may be able to recover compensation for you that can help pay for treatment.
Vestibular dysfunction impairs balance, and can cause vision and hearing loss or changes, disorientation, psychological and cognitive changes, and vertigo. Those affected with vestibular dysfunction are often looked at as though they are hypochondriacs or malingerers, because the injury is so hard to pinpoint through normal medical testing. Yet these same people may experience difficulty attending school, completing normal work tasks, or even getting up in the mornings. Trouble focusing, a spinning or whirling sensation, difficulty standing or maintaining posture, discomfort in busy environments, sensitivity to light and glare, ringing in the ears, short-term memory loss, confusion and difficulty concentrating or comprehending instructions are all potential effects of vestibular dysfunction.
Vestibular dysfunction can cause serious vision disturbances, including trouble focusing, trouble tracking objects, discomfort in busy environments and sensitivity to light and glare, particularly fluorescent lights. Night blindness may begin or increase and poor depth perception can occur. Some people with vestibular dysfunction can experience sensitivity to loud noises or environments as well as ringing or buzzing in the ears. Cognitive changes which occur with vestibular dysfunction can include short-term memory loss, confusion, forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, difficulty comprehending instructions or directions and mental fatigue.
Vestibular dysfunction can be extremely difficult to treat; vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) uses specific eye, body and head exercises to retrain the brain, allowing it to once more recognize and process signals form the vestibular system. Canalith repositioning maneuvers, such as the Epley maneuver, involve a series of head and trunk movements which are intended to move displaced otoliths into a place in the inner ear where they will no longer cause symptoms of vestibular dysfunction. When medication and therapy are not successful, surgery may be the last option. The goal of corrective surgery is to repair and stabilize the function of the inner ear.
If you are a victim of vestibular dysfunction, speaking to an experienced Denver personal injury attorney can be extremely helpful. Contact the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, PC, for a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form.
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