As we discussed in Part I of this entry, air bags can save your life in an auto accident, but they can also cause severe injuries such as temporary or permanent hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears). When an airbag deploys, it causes a rapid and often violent explosion. The airbag, although more helpful than harmful usually, can cause still collateral damage to car accident victims. X-rays and CT scans are often needed to accurately diagnose hearing loss and other problems. This is why it’s so important to get a medical examination after an auto accident. With proper medical diagnosis, a personal injury lawyer can help you recover fair compensation for your injuries.
Common Signs of Hearing Loss
If you have been in an accident in which the airbag deployed, it is critical that you are checked for signs of hearing loss. These include muffled hearing, trouble understanding what others are saying, difficulty distinguishing between direct conversation and background noise, the inability to hear when there are competing voices, listening to the radio or television at higher than normal levels, avoiding conversations you would have taken part in before the accident and even depression. You may also have other physical symptoms, such as ear bleeding, pus leakage or vertigo.
Although some ear injuries can heal on their own, many are permanent. Damaged eardrums can be surgically corrected for some people and devices can be implanted for others to increase hearing ability, however, there is no complete cure. This is why you need a lawyer on your side – to fight for the compensation you deserve for your injury.