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Mouth Injury Compensation Claims & Claims for Lost Sense of Taste

Taste Bud Damage Claims:

Injuries that impair your ability to taste can have a marked impact on your day-to-day life. Loss of taste often goes hand in hand with loss of smell, although the two can occur separate of one another. If you have lost your sense of taste and this is the fault of someone else due to negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Development of a taste or smell disorder can occur due to age, or relate to a condition (e.g. a nervous/ neurological condition) or an illness (e.g. Sinus infection). However impairment of taste can also befall through trauma to the head or from the exposure of certain chemicals. If you have had any issues with your taste senses and if third party negligence was at fault then compensation may be pursued.

Understanding the loss of Taste and Smell:

The tongue allows the ability to distinguish the taste and indicate the texture of food etc. The loss of the function of taste is known as Ageusia, the impairment occurs when the nerve cells in the nose, mouth or throat are damaged or if any of the corresponding receptors in the brain become damaged.

An individual is able to taste when the substances release molecules which then stimulate special nerve cells. Messages are sent to the brain, and specific smells or tastes are identified. Because taste is over 75% based on smell, both aspects (Smell and taste) can be collectively affected.

What are the causes of Loss of Taste?

The most common causes of the loss of taste are infections or problems within the mouth, however the loss of taste can also be generated due to a head trauma, which may damage certain nerves or through contact with certain fumes or chemicals.

Common causes of the loss of taste includes:

  • Head injury or trauma.
  • Exposure to chemicals or fumes.
  • Injury to tongue or mouth.
  • During ear, nose and throat surgery.
  • Due to certain medications.

How much could you claim for loss of taste?

The amount of money you are able to claim is dependent on the severity of the injury you have sustained. Losing your sense of taste can seriously impact your quality of life, and if this is the result of someone else's negligence, you need the right amount of money to compensate for the impact this has had on your life.

Although compensation amounts can vary, for this type of injury they typically stand at the following:

Damage to taste:

Approximately £5,000 to £15,000

Depending on severity and age of victim.

How to make a claim for damage to taste senses:

The basis of your claim includes analysis of your condition, one of our solicitors will arrange a medical examination as part of your claim process. In addition, the cause of the loss of senses must be established.

We will guide you through the step by step process and the strength of your claim as well as offer you advice on the most appropriate course of action for you to take. Before starting your personal injury claim, you can contact Grieves Solicitors and speak to one of our personal injury specialists. From the beginning of your claim, our team will work with you, your family and the medical team to ensure the earliest form of recovery and compensation available.

Get in touch:

Have you suffered from damage to one of your senses through the negligence of another person? Speak to our specialist personal injury solicitors today for advice and guidance on making a claim.

Speak to one of our expert solicitors by calling us on 0800 0747 644 or filling in the contact form on this page.