Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that people seek car accident compensation for. This is because the neck is one of the body parts most vulnerable to injury, as a sculpture recently created by Victoria's road safety campaign exemplifies.
Graham: the indestructible body in a car accident
As part of Victoria's road safety campaign, Australian sculptor Patricia Piccinini has made a human figure out of silicone and fibreglass that is meant to represent the ideal body for surviving a car crash. He's been named Graham and he is very strange looking indeed. He has a gigantic padded head, air bag-like features in between his ribs, a concave face, very flexible knees and no neck. Picinni worked with Trauma Surgeon Kenfield and Road Safety Expert David Logan to create this bizarre human form for the purpose of highlighting the areas of the body most at risk in a car crash.
One of the most important features is that he has no neck whatsoever and therefore can't get whiplash. This is because the neck is one of the areas of the body most vulnerable to injury during a crash because it takes a lot of the impact and is very fragile.
In reality, Graham's body would not be sustainable. For one thing, he could not support his colossal head without a neck. Graham is thus purely an educational creation intended to clarify why so many people suffer similar injuries after a car crash.
The common problem of whiplash
It makes sense that the neck is one of the most vulnerable areas of the body during a crash considering how common whiplash is.
The New South Wales State Regulatory Authority reports that whiplash is the most frequently recorded injury among compulsory third party claimants in NSW. Even more striking is that fact that 46 per cent of claimants since 2007 had whiplash-associated disorders as one of their injuries.
So, what is whiplash? The Motor Accidents Authority of New South Wales explains that "whiplash is what happens when someone's head moves forwards and then backwards quickly…causing injury to the neck". This harsh movement of the head can result in bony or soft tissue injuries, leading to a number of different kinds of symptoms like neck pain, upper arm pain, numbness, dizziness and headaches.
Most people involved in a motor vehicle accident experience whiplash of some degree. If you think you may have whiplash at no fault of your own or if you're only partially at fault, contact Gerard Malouf and Partners. You may be entitled to make a claim under the motor accident compensation scheme. Call 1800 003 879 for free over-the-phone general advice or else to set up a face-to-face consultation.