Dystonia Movement
Disorders

Dystonia is a common movement disorder caused by physical trauma, often a motor vehicle collision. It causes uncontrolled movement of a specific body part or even the whole body. Dystonia of the jaw could impair speech. Dystonia throughout the whole body (aka generalized dystonia) impairs the ability of the victim to stand or sit. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), dystonia results from an abnormality in or damage to the basal ganglia or other brain regions that control movement. There may be abnormalities in the brain’s ability to process a group of chemicals called neurotransmitters that help cells in the brain communicate with each other. There also may be abnormalities in the way the brain processes information and generates commands to move.

There are many known types of dystonia. These include torsion dystonia, generalized dystonia, primary dystonia, focal dystonia, cervical dystonia, and oral mandibular dystonia, among other types.

Tardive dyskinesia is another type of movement disorder caused by certain drugs: usually neuroleptic or antipsychotic medications, taken over a long period of time. This syndrome causes involuntary movements that usual start in the lips, tongue or face. The side effects can become a permanent disability. If you are taking neuroleptic or antipsychotic drugs for a mental health condition, you should alert your physician immediately if any uncontrolled movement symptoms arise.

Permanent movement disorders, such as Dystonia and Tardive Dyskinesia, could be a basis for a disability claim if it interferes with your ability to work in your occupation. Such disabilities could also support a Social Security Disability claim if you are unable to work in any job in the national economy.

If you have developed Dystonia as the result of a motor vehicle accident, or develop permanent Tardive Dyskinesia, and are having difficulty with a disability insurance or social security claim,
contact us. We care, and can assist you in a legal claims process as needed.