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Can I recover workers' compensation if I have a TMJ disorder?

Yes, you may be able to recover workers' compensation for a TMJ disorder. If an accident at work has resulted in the development or aggravation of a TMJ disorder, it may be possible for Connecticut residents to receive workers' compensation benefits.

TMJ disorders develop when the temporomandibular joint, which connects a person's jawbone to his or her skull, does not work as it should. A TMJ disorder can cause great pain in a person's jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Additional symptoms may include pain around the ear or on a person's face, as well as difficulty chewing or a clicking sound when you chew. TMJ disorders may limit the movement of a person's jaw, making everyday activities such as eating, yawning and talking painful.

Pain from a TMJ disorder may be only temporary, or it may inflict suffering on a person for years. People suffering from a TMJ disorder may need to seek surgery to repair the injury. Non-surgical options may also be available.

Injuries to the jaw are a common cause of TMJ disorders. TMJ disorders may arise from an impact to the jaw, such as if an object were to hit a person's jaw in a heavy blow, or if a person sustains a fall in an unsafe working environment that leads to a jaw injury.

If a TMJ disorder is connected to an accident on the job, workers' compensation may be able to provide benefits for medical care and lost wages. An attorney experienced in workers' compensation law may be able to provide guidance to assist someone in such a situation. Knowing the benefits that may be available, as well as obtaining compensation for any lost wages, may help ease some of the anxiety surrounding what may be a stressful time from someone suffering from a TMJ disorder.

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