Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo Attorney
If you are suffering with BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) from a head injury due to negligence, you need an experienced Minnesota Personal Injury Attorney to fight for fair compensation. Our partners are skilled, ethical litigators who really care about injured people. We have handled hundreds to thousands of complex medical cases. Call 612-TSR-TIME or submit our free consultation form.
There is a pouch in the inner ear called the utricle. It contains hundreds of little crystal particles, “ear crystals”, made of calcium carbonate. They are called otoconia, the body’s own unique miniature GPS that stimulates nerve cell transmissions to the brain when the head is moved, informing the brain as to the position of the body. When the ear crystals are dislodged by a head injury, it can cause debilitating vertigo.
About BPPV / Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo / “Ear Crystals”
BPPV can occur from head trauma sustained in a car accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident. Ear crystals shake loose and fall out of the utricle, floating into one of the inner ear semicircular canals, confusing the brain. As the crystals move around in the canal, the brain thinks the head is moving more than it is. This results in vertigo.
Although BPPV is described as a condition that is bothersome, but temporary; anyone who has had BPPV will tell you that it is debilitating. Life comes to a halt. It is difficult to sleep. It is difficult to stand or walk and sometimes driving is tough. In some cases, people have developed agorophobia because they are so fearful of endangering themselves and others.
The symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) include:
- loss of balance
- vertigo (sense of world spinning or moving)
- blurred vision can accompany vertigo
- nystagmus (eyes rotate toward affected ear)
- light sensitivity
- nausea (can be constant)
The symptoms of BPPV can fluctuate depending on the change in the position of the head, with each episode lasting between 30-120 seconds. The frequency of the episodes varies from person to person and may depend on:
- the number and size of ear crystals displaced
- which canal the ear crystals have moved to
- whether the ear crystals dissolve on their own
- whether the ear crystals reposition on their own
- the individual sensitivities to the displaced ear crystals
Some people wait it out, hoping the crystals will reposition or dissolve. Anti-vertigo medications may be helpful in treating severe BPPV. Another option is a canalith repositioning procedure (Epley maneuver) which can be performed by a professional or at home. In severe cases surgical semi-circular canal occlusion can be performed.
Minnesota BPPV Lawyer
Has BPPV ruined your life? Have the remedies been ineffective? You need legal representation in order to receive the compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact a Minnesota BPPV Lawyer for fair and ethical representation or call 612-TSR-TIME.