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Whiplash » Diagnosis of whiplash injuries


Doctors often have difficulty in making a whiplash diagnosis after a road traffic accident because there are few outward signs of damage to the neck and spine and conventional x-rays will not show damage unless a broken vertebra is involved.

Brain injury can result from a car crash and this, too, can be difficult for medical staff to discover if not immediately obvious.

When two vehicles collide or one hits a larger object, the forces involved are tremendous and that is why, even if the outer shell of the vehicle protects the driver and passengers from trauma injury such as broken bones, they may still suffer from whiplash.

Rotational forces are produced by the sudden acceleration and deceleration of the head when a vehicle brakes but these are smallest near the lower end of the brain stem where the neck is attached to the rest of the body.

However, the forces increase higher up in the head with a shearing effect causing different levels of the brain to move against each other often causing stretching and tearing of axons within the brain. Small blood vessels can also be damaged, causing internal bleeding.

These brain injuries are only associated with the most severe forms of whiplash and require emergency medical treatment.

With the introduction of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans and computed tomography (CT) machines, which can examine tissue, the diagnosis of head, neck and back injuries has been greatly improved.

Ultrasound can also be used to identify muscular problems, in some cases, of whiplash-associated disorders.

In the majority of cases of whiplash, symptoms will resolve themselves in a matter of a few weeks or, occasionally, months but, if pain persists, it could be that a more serious condition may be masked by an initial complaint and further investigation and treatment will be required.

People who have not suffered from whiplash may dismiss the victims suffering as being exaggerated but, especially if the original cause of the personal injury was not their fault, they should persist in seeking appropriate medical treatment.

Personal injury claim after whiplash diagnosis

Seeking appropriate legal advice from a specialist personal injury solicitor is also important in protecting your interests after an incident such as a car crash which has resulted in a whiplash injury for a driver or passengers.

We help people from all over the UK to get you compensation for their whiplash neck injury through our supportive and cost-free service. We make no deductions from any money you are awarded and we guarantee that you will not be left with any bills to pay at the end of your claim.

If you wish to find out more about compensation for Whiplash-Associated Disorders, You can request a call back and we will ring you at a time more convenient for yourself or you can simply pick up the phone and call us any time on 01582 437070.

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