Whiplash Injuries Take Center Stage

A recent flurry of interest into whiplash injuries in the UK has thrown that little-understood condition into sharp relief. The UK government is cracking down on fraudulent insurance claims of whiplash injuries, which have repercussions for those with real problems. Whiplash, or the more medically correct term cervical acceleration deceleration (CAD), is an injury to the neck resulting from trauma caused by the body being subjected to sudden acceleration deceleration i.e. car accidents. Motor vehicle accidents are not the only causes of whiplash, but it is frequent consequence of rear-end and side collisions. The problem is, many victims (40%) are not even aware that they suffer from it, or discover it late in the day. By then, it may be more difficult to prove causation. It is estimated that about 120,000 people suffer from car accident-related whiplash injuries every year.

The symptoms of whiplash appear to be minor such as pain in the neck, back and shoulders that most people dismiss. However, there are serious repercussions if it is not properly treated, including but not limited to cognitive impairment and whiplash syndrome. As explained on the website of the Sampson Law Firm, the immediate and long-term consequences of serious injuries in car accidents can be devastating, but most people fail to appreciate how serious whiplash can be. Personal injury lawyers can probably recount how clients who suffered from whiplash injury continue to feel the effects years after the accident, impacting on their overall quality of life that can be hard to quantify.

While car accident victims in the UK may be inhibited by the general skepticism of their lawmakers, Americans labor under no such stigma. Victims of car accidents that exhibit whiplash injury symptoms should not hesitate to make a claim for compensation from their insurance companies or, in the case of third-party negligence, file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible parties.


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