Whiplash Injury

 In Personal Injury Law
Whiplash injury is a sudden moderate to severe strain affecting the bones, discs, muscles, nerves, or tendons of the neck, which is composed of seven small bones known as the cervical spine. Symptoms may appear straight away or develop gradually over hours, days, or weeks after the injury. Symptoms of whiplash may include:
  • Pain or stiffness of the neck, jaw, shoulders, or arm
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Loss of feeling in an arm or hand
  • Nausea or vomiting

Diagnosing a whiplash injury can be difficult, because x-rays and scans do not always reveal the injury.  Diagnosis is usually based on observation of symptoms, medical history, and physical examination.

Whiplash may be treated with medication, physical therapy, and supportive treatments. Severe whiplash may be treated with a surgical collar.


The amount of compensation depends on the severity of the injury, the recovery period, and whether or not there are any permanent residual symptoms.

If you believe that you have suffered a whiplash injury in an accident, it is important that you seek medical advice as soon as possible from either your primary physician or visit the emergency room. The medical record of your injury will be used to assess the value of your claim, and it is therefore important that the injury is documented as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms.

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