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What is whiplash?

Many Australians will likely be familiar with the term ‘whiplash’, however many are unaware about the exact specifics of this potentially debilitating injury.

Whiplash in is the common name given to back and neck injuries most often suffered during a car accident, however other high impact activities such as ‘head banging’ at a concert can also cause whiplash.

According to the Melbourne Whiplash Centre, whiplash injury is most commonly seen in people involved in rear-end collisions, as the jolting motion of such an impact creates a high level of risk for this ailment.

A study released in October of last year by AAMI revealed that whiplash was the second most common type of injury suffered during a car crash in New South Wales and Queensland.

The insurance provider studied 15,000 Compulsory Third Party (CTP) Insurance claims filed between 2002 and 2012 and found that whiplash was second only to upper extremity injuries in terms of damages caused to innocent, third-party car crash victims.

The NSW government Motor Accidents Authority reports that whiplash injury is involved in around 45 per cent of all CTP Insurance claims, and therefore accounts for more than a quarter of the total costs paid out under the scheme.

Symptoms of whiplash typically include pain in the neck and upper back, as well as ‘pins and needles’ or numbness in extremities and headaches. Nausea, arm pain and a heavy head can also result from whiplash.

Whiplash symptoms often do not arise until upwards of 72 hours after a car crash, and this ailment can also result in mental illness due to the physiological effects of ongoing difficulties.

If you have been the victim of a car incident and feel like you may have been afflicted by whiplash, then you may want to apply for car accident compensation.

There are no win no fee lawyers in Sydney who are specialised in this field of law, and that can help you to make a claim.

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Gerard Malouf & Partners
 — Personal Injury Compensation Lawyers

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