Neck injuries commonly occur when the neck is bent or twisted out of its normal range of movement. This can happen in a range of circumstances such as in falls or sporting injuries, but a common cause of neck injury is whiplash sustained in a car accident.
Whiplash and whiplash-associated disorders are caused by a sudden distortion of the neck. Most people associate whiplash with rear-end motor vehicle collisions; however the main cause of whiplash is frontal collision. Side collisions can also cause whiplash.
Accident research shows that women are twice as likely as men to suffer whiplash.
Only the worst whiplash injuries can be detected using medical imaging such as X-rays. Usually whiplash is diagnosed based on the pain experienced by the patient. This can be neck and back pain and referred pain to the shoulders. Whiplash sufferers can also experience symptoms such as pins and needles and headaches.
Apart from pain, whiplash can reduce the sufferers range of motion, cause weakness in limbs and result in insomnia.
Unlike many other injuries, the symptoms of whiplash often only appear some time after the injury occurs - up to three days in some cases.
Luckily, for most people the symptoms of whiplash are mild and last only a few days. In bad cases however, whiplash can lead to long lasting persistent pain.
Despite the fact that they have a very real medical complaint, because whiplash results in symptoms such as pain that can only be measured subjectively, whiplash sufferers often feel self conscious about their condition as if it is all in their head. However whiplash is an established condition. Car manufacturers and motor accident insurers spend millions of dollars researching it and the best ways of treating and preventing it.
Most importantly from the accident compensation point of view, the effects of whiplash can be measured. There are established clinical methods for determining the severity of whiplash.
Neck injuries and whiplash can be very disabling. They can severely affect your ability to work and your enjoyment of life. If you have suffered a neck injury or whiplash, you may be entitled to compensation. Depending on the circumstances of your injury, your right to compensation may arise under workers compensation legislation, the motor accident compensation scheme or under the law of negligence.
At Walker Law Group Compensation Lawyers our injury compensation lawyers are experienced at making neck injury and whiplash claims in workcover, motor accident and negligence jurisdictions. Walker Law Group is a specialist personal injury law firm. Personal injury law is all we do. By engaging Walker Law Group, you are working with compensation lawyers with the best experience and level of commitment to win your claim.
Please contact Walker Law Group Car Accident Lawyers on 1300 363 013 to discuss your neck injury or whiplash compensation claim.