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What Causes Jaw and Ear Pain After a Car Accident?

Did you know that Tampa is the fourth worst city for traffic-related car accidents? When you get into a car accident, your body gets subjected to many strong forces. While some people might walk away from a fender bender with no injuries or just a few scrapes, others aren’t so lucky.

Some people experience jaw and ear pain after a car accident. There are many causes for these symptoms. Receiving medical attention after you’re in an auto accident is essential to remedying this injury.

This guide will discuss the cause of ear and jaw pain after an auto accident. We’ll also discuss what injuries can result in TMJ pain and how to treat them.

Why Do I Have a Hurt Jaw and Ear After My Car Accident?

Many people might not know that the only part of their skull that can move is their jaw. Your jaw is comprised of two parts. They are the following:

  • Mandible: Moveable part of your lower jaw
  • Maxilla: Upper part

We often associate our jaws with our chins, but your jaw is larger than that. Your jaw’s hinge starts right in front of your ear. This allows you to exert a lot of force when you chew and have a broad range of motion.

Even though our jaws are responsible for many things our body needs, the bones are fragile. Stress on your jaw can disrupt your everyday activities, like talking, sleeping, or eating.

If a person has issues with the ligaments or muscles around their jaw, it’s called TMJ disorder. It’s named for the joint connecting your jaw to your skull.

Symptoms of TMJ pain include:

  • Facial or ear pain
  • Headaches
  • Problems chewing
  • Jaw tenderness
  • Joint pain

Auto accident TMJ pain occurs when you’re in a car accident that results in a heavy impact on your skull or head. This typically occurs when your head strikes something like an airbag, dashboard, or window.

Additionally, the quick front and back movement that causes whiplash can also result in pain in your jaw and head. You can also encounter a broken or sprained jaw joint.

How Is TMJ Diagnosed?

Even if you don’t show any visible injuries from your car accident, you should still get evaluated by a medical professional. Some injuries, like TMJ, might not be evident for a few days after your accident.

A healthcare professional will conduct various tests to diagnose TMJ. Some of these tests include:

  • MRIs
  • X-rays
  • Muscle, join, and head examinations
  • Bite alignment evaluations

What Are the Treatment Options?

There are a few non-invasive practices and therapies your doctor might employ if they’ve diagnosed you with TMJ. These techniques include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Orthodontic care
  • Mouthguards
  • Jaw muscle and soft tissue massages

Surgery is only necessary in severe TMJ cases. Your doctor will prescribe the best course of action based on your symptoms.

Why Are My Ears Ringing After a Vehicle Accident?

Your inner ear is a complex yet fragile part of your skull. It can get affected by the following things:

  • Pressure
  • Force
  • Changes in air pressure
  • Alterations in cabin shape

When you get in a car accident, flying debris can hit your ear, damaging the inner ear. If you’ve experienced an ear injury, you might encounter the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing
  • “Clogged” sensation

The above symptoms could also indicate that you have whiplash. Severe symptoms, like fluid discharge or bleeding, could mean that you have a spinal injury or skull fracture. You should seek medical attention immediately.

What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

If you’ve been in a car accident, you should first get your vehicle to safety. If you’re unable to move your car to the side of the road, put on your hazard lights. Safely vacate the car if you can.

Next, evaluate yourself and your passengers for any injuries. Contact 911, even if no one has any visible injuries.

You should also notify the police when you have an accident. The police report will be essential when pursuing compensation for your injuries.

Then, get the other vehicle’s information. You’ll want the following information:

  • Make, model, color, and year of the other car
  • The license plate number of every vehicle involved
  • VIN numbers, if possible

You should try and get as many photos of the accident site as possible. Make a note of cameras in the area, such as red-light cameras or security cameras on nearby buildings.

If there were any witnesses, get their contact information. You should also ask the other driver involved for their driver’s license and car insurance information.

One of the most important things you should do is don’t say you weren’t hurt. Some soft tissue injuries, such as TMJ, don’t appear immediately. You don’t want your claim to get denied because you said you weren’t hurt.

How a Car Accident Attorney Can Help

If you’re suffering from ear and jaw pain after a car accident, you’ll likely have to endure multiple doctor appointments to get a diagnosis. Once your doctor has determined the cause of your pain, you’ll have to undergo treatments and additional appointments. The cost of these appointments and any related medications can add up quickly.

If another driver’s negligence caused your car accident, you’re entitled to compensation. You can recoup your lost wages and medical costs. An experienced auto accident lawyer can help you navigate the claims process.

Don’t Suffer Through Jaw and Ear Pain

Jaw and ear pain might not be something you typically associate with an auto accident. Unfortunately, car accidents can result in various injuries that can severely affect your daily life.

RHINO Lawyers is here to help you recover damages for your car accident-related injuries. Contact our office today to get in touch with one of our lawyers.


In short, after a car accident, you may not know your rights. Above all, don’t struggle through the process alone. Actually, our personal injury team is here to help you with any legal needs you might have regarding your accident.

Lastly, let RHINO Lawyers answer your questions and review the facts of your case with a Free Consultation. So, get started by completing the “Free Instant Case Evaluation” or by calling us any time, day or night, at 844.RHINO.77.