Smell & Taste Injuries
It is not uncommon for patients who have experienced traumatic brain injuries or been harmed in other ways to experience loss of smell or taste. These complications can create substantial hardships for accident victims and in some situations can even be dangerous. For individuals who have experienced loss of smell or taste, it is an extremely wise idea to understand how these accidents can occur and to obtain the assistance of a skilled attorney.
Loss of Taste
Many individuals use their sense of taste to increase their enjoyment in life, which means that when sense of taste is lost a person’s ability to fully enjoy the surrounding world can be substantially impaired. Total loss of taste is referred to “ageusia”, while a decrease in a person’s ability to taste things is called “hypogeusia”. There are some common ways in which a person can experience loss of taste, which include the following:
- Medical Malpractice. There are several common ways in which medical malpractice can result in loss of taste. Medical professionals can make error in administering radiation for cancer treatments, which can result in experiencing loss of taste. In other cases, medical professionals can injure part of a person’s brain which can result in the part of a person’s brain that experiences taste become irreparably damaged. Other times, dental professionals can make errors during surgery which can result in the loss of taste due to anesthesia complications, failure to detect tumors, and nerve damage.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are another common reason why individuals lose their sense of taste.
Loss of Smell
A person’s sense of smell both increases their sense of enjoyment in life and provides important information about a person’s surroundings. It is not uncommon for individuals who lose their sense of smell to experience a significant decrease in their quality of life. While loss of smell is called “anosmia”, a decrease in a person’s ability to small is called “hyposmia”. There are several ways in which a person can lose their sense of smell which includes the following:
- Medical Malpractice. There are several common ways in which medical malpractice can result in loss of smell. Medical professionals who fail to proper hygiene protocol can cause infections in a person’s nasal cavities. Additionally, mistakes made during surgery involving a patient’s nose can result in loss of smell. Patients whose brains are harmed as the result of medical malpractice are also at risk of having the part of their brain that processes smell being damaged.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are known to cause loss of smell in some individuals.
Obtain the Assistance of a Kentucky Injury Lawyer
A dedicated accident attorney at Roberts Law Office can discuss the details of your case to evaluate whether you have a claim. Our legal counsel works on a contingency fee basis for all cases, which means that we do not collect a fee until we have obtained compensation for you. This compensation can encompass various costs including emotional suffering, loss of future income, lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and repairs of property damage. If you or a loved one has experience loss of smell or taste, contact Roberts Law Office to begin taking steps to make sure that your case resolves in the best possible manner.