The vestibular system refers to a combination of sensory systems that help you maintain balance as you orient yourself in space. The inner ear is responsible for much of this, sending messages to your brain to help with a sense of spatial relationships and the position of your body.
When an injury or illness throws your sense of balance off kilter, you may want to speak with our Kirkland and Redmond, WA vestibular disorder lawyers. Matthew Quick and Elizabeth M. Quick have helped a number of clients who been affected by vestibular disorders. The team at Quick Law Group, PLLC would like to consider these conditions, specifically focusing in peripheral vestibular disorders, or PVDs.
What Are Vestibular Disorders?
Vestibular disorders refer to various kinds of dysfunctions that can trow off your sense of balance or spatial awareness. These kinds of disorders can take different forms depending on the part of the body affected and the symptoms you experience.
About Peripheral Vestibular Disorder (PVD)
Peripheral vestibular disorders (PVDs) specifically refer to problems with the vestibular system of the inner ear and eighth cranial nerve. The condition leads to issues with sensory information regarding head position and movement. This is contrasted by central vestibular disorders (CVDs), which involve the central nervous system.
PVDs cover a wide range of vestibular disorders, including:
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- Meniere’s disease
- Bilateral vestibular loss
Symptoms of Peripheral Vestibular Disorders (PVDs)
Vertigo and its related sensations are the most common signs of vestibular disorders, PVDs included. The signs you should be most aware of include:
- Sensations of falling or swaying
- Feeling like the ground beneath your feet is unstable
Since the inner ear is affected by PVDs, the symptoms may also include tinnitus, ear pressure, hearing loss, and fluid discharge from the ear.
Causes of Peripheral Vestibular Disorders (PVDs)
Many PVDs are caused by viral infections of the inner ear. Serious blows to the face or head can also result in PVDs, such as the trauma experienced in an auto accident, a serious fall, or a physical altercation.
It is also possible to develop a PVD due to genetics and the natural aging process, though these causes are generally not pertinent to legal cases and negligence.
Treatments for Peripheral Vestibular Disorders (PVDs)
There are numerous treatment available for PVDs the can restore balance and stability. For viral infections, medications can be extremely helpful. Certain exercises and adaptive techniques can also help with managing PVD symptoms and preventing serious bouts of dizziness and vertigo.
For serious issues affecting the inner ear and its proper function, surgical treatment may be recommended.
Holding Negligent Parties Accountable
Given the difficulties that PVDs can put people through, it’s important to hold negligent parties accountable for any harm they may have caused you. If your PVD was the result of an auto accident, an infection acquired at a hospital, or any other physical harm that was not your fault, our attorneys can help you seek legal damages.
These legal damages will cover the cost of treatment, lost wages during your recovery, and any other matters associated with the PVD that developed because of another person or party’s actions.
Learn More About Vestibular Disorder Cases
If you have suffered a serious injury that has affected your balance and stability, it’s important that you contact our team of skilled injury accident lawyers. People in the Kirkland and Redmond area can reach Quick Law Group, PLLC by phone at (425) 576-8150.