Signs of Serious Dental Injuries

The most obvious symptom of dental injury is oral pain, but some victims also experience headaches, earaches, or vertigo (if a jaw injury has affected the inner ear). Rough, chipped teeth or sensitivity to air, water, or touch can be symptomatic of a dental injury that requires treatment. 

Truck crash victims might also experience temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, a jaw injury that makes chewing painful and often causes a clicking sound when you open and close your mouth. If you have these or any symptoms of oral injury, you should see a dentist as soon as possible, keep all follow-up appointments, take medication as prescribed, and retain documentation of all your dental care.

Don’t Overlook Dental Injuries

If you sustain other serious physical injuries in a truck crash, you’re likely to see a doctor for medical treatment first and worry about dental injuries later. Delaying dental examination and treatment, however, can make your dental injuries even worse, more painful, and more expensive in the long run.

Putting off dental care can also damage your claim for compensation. You have a duty to mitigate your damages by seeking dental attention before your injuries worsen. If you put off addressing your dental issues, the at-fault party’s insurer can dispute your claim by insisting that they did not result directly from the crash or are not as serious as you say they are. Otherwise, you would have sought treatment immediately.

Multiple Parties Could Be Liable for Your Injuries

While recovering damages in any vehicle accident can be a tedious process, truck crash cases are more difficult to pursue than wrecks between cars, in which the victim generally files an insurance claim or lawsuit against one at-fault driver who caused the accident. When you’re injured by a negligent truck driver who was driving recklessly or in violation of traffic laws or federal guidelines, however, more than one party might share responsibility for your damages, including:

  • The truck driver who caused your wreck due to reckless operation, distraction, fatigue, speeding, or violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations
  • The trucking company that employs the trucker and is responsible for any damage done by that driver in the course of performing job duties
  • The owner of the truck or a leasing agency if the trucking company is not the owner
  • A mechanic or repair service that failed to keep the truck in safe operating condition
  • The truck manufacturer or a replacement parts manufacturer if equipment failure played a role in the accident
  • Loading dock personnel if improper loading led to shifting cargo that made the truck hard to control and contributed to the crash  

Filing claims against multiple parties with different insurers, demanding and negotiating fair settlements, and filing more than one lawsuit if necessary are jobs best left to an experienced truck crash lawyer. Your attorney will be able to determine which parties are at fault and calculate their respective percentages of liability in order to demand fair compensation. Your lawyer can also obtain crucial data from the truck’s black box recorder, as well as the trucker’s logs, to find out if violation of any FMCSA regulations contributed to your crash.

Have You Been Injured In A Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina Truck Accident?

If you've been hurt in a truck accident you should speak with an experienced South Carolina truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Mt. Pleasant office directly at 843.488.3226 to schedule your consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our ConwayMyrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, CharlestonNorth Myrtle Beach, Florence or North Charleston office locations.

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