Loss or impairment of taste and smell

Loss or impairment of taste and smell can have a huge impact upon an individual’s quality of life. The taste and smell senses provide a vital warning system for many health and safety issues (such as smoke, gas and toxic fume detection) and as such can have a significant impact upon the individual.

 

Common accident circumstances that may lead to a loss or impairment to the taste and smell senses

Common accident circumstances that may lead to a loss or impairment of the taste and smell senses include:

• a blow to the head
surgery by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon
• exposure to hazardous chemicals.

 

Brain injury

Following a brain injury many individuals report that their sense of taste or smell has been affected. This can either be as a result of an injury to the nasal passage, nerves in the nose and mouth or as a result to an injury to an area of the brain itself. A loss or impairment to smell and taste is particularly common following a severe brain injury. It should be noted that a total loss of smell nearly always leads to some loss of taste.

 

Head injury

It is possible for a minor head injury to result in a loss or impairment to an individual’s sense of taste or smell. If recovery to the senses is to occur following a minor head injury then it usually occurs within a few months of the injury. Recovery to the senses following a two year loss or impairment is rare.

 

Contact us

If you or a loved one have suffered a loss or impairment to the taste or smell senses due to the fault of another then you may be able to bring a loss or impairment of taste or smell compensation claim. You can call our Personal Injury (PI), Industrial Disease or Medical Negligence lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat. Alternatively, you can complete the request a call back form and we will call you.