What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a neck injury that usually happens as a result of one car hitting another from behind. When this happens, the head gets thrown forward and backward in a rapid, uncontrolled movement. This can lead to some serious damage to the neck muscles.
What Symptoms will/can You Experience?
The most obvious symptom of whiplash will be pain in the neck. In addition to this, other symptoms of whiplash injury can also become apparent. These include: headaches, arm pain, back pain, shoulder pain, vertigo, dizziness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), jaw pain, problems swallowing and other. You probably won't experience all of these, which is very fortunate.
It should also be mentioned that whiplash symptoms don't necessarily need to be physical. Several psychological symptoms can also be felt following a car accident. The following symptoms of whiplash may also occur: depression, sleeping disorder, memory loss, lowered ability to concentrate, nervousness or irritability.
Making a Whiplash Claim
As you can see, as a victim in a car accident and someone suffering from whiplash injury, you may be experiencing any combination of these physical and psychological symptoms. The problem is that you may not even have a single broken or dislocated bone in your body. This will make getting a whiplash compensation more difficult. Fortunately, insurance companies are now much better than they were in recognising a whiplash injury and if you bring your doctor's statement with you they will have no choice but to honour your whiplash claim.
Unfortunately, some insurance companies may try to evade or will simply not recognize the level of your whiplash injury. The only thing that you can do here is be patient and work with the insurance company on getting your claim approved.
The reasons why some whiplash insurance companies are slower to recognize your claim is that, since there are often no visible signs of such an injury, many people in the past have made false claims, even if they had no injury or other symptom to show. This made insurance companies wary of granting claims to just anyone.