I am sorry for your injury. This process can certainly be frustrating and confusing, which only makes matters worse. As an initial observation, you should know that you are entitled under TN law to recover for any and all damages that are caused by the accident, provided there is medical proof to connect the injuries to the accident. That means that in order to recover damages for the ringing in your ears, you and/or your lawyer would ultimately need a medical doctor to opine for the record that he/she believes the ringing in your ears was more likely than not caused by the accident. Assuming it can indeed be linked to the accident, securing this type of medical proof is standard operating procedure for attorneys in Tennessee since it is required in virtually every serious injury case.
At this point, the issue you face is simply getting to a doctor who is actually qualified to diagnosis and treat the ringing in your ears -- which is, in fact, a REAL medical phenomenon. This would most likely be an ENT doctor (Ear, Nose & Throat specialist) as has been suggested elsewhere in this thread.
The bottom-line: your health is the most important thing, so get to a doctor who is best qualified to treat your injury. Hopefully, with proper treatment, your symptoms can be alleviated. In the event your injuries are significant enough, though, getting the right medical treatment will help insure that any legal claim you may have down the road will be supported by appropriate medical proof. You should speak to a lawyer at some point about your options, keeping in mind that Tennessee has one of the shortest statutes of limitation (i.e. deadlines) for filing legal claims in the country. Indeed, generally speaking, you have only 1 year from the date of injury to pursue a claim.
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Yes. Go see neurologist and a personal injury attorney.
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An ENT is who you need to see. I have a case similar to yours at the moment and an ENT was able to prove the ringing/injuries.
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If you can get a doctor to diagnose it and attribute it to the accident. I agree about seeing the ENT and possibly a neurologist. If you have a attorney get a game plan with them on how to get this treated and documented. If you do not, I highly suggest getting a personal injury lawyer to represent you.
Definitely pursue it with the right doctors (ENT and neurologist), not just for your own health, but because you will have to prove it for you to have any compensable damages worth pursuing. Good luck.
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I agree with the prior attorneys. It sounds like you have tinnitus. An Otolaryngologist (also known as an ear, nose and throat doctor) may be able to diagnose it and connect it to your accident. You should speak with a personal injury/car accident lawyer as soon as possible as the longer you wait to retain representation and get proper medical treatment the more difficult it will become to connect the tinnitus to you auto accident.
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