The bassist from Slayer, Tom Araya, sustained spinal injuries induced by whiplash, but not in the way you imagine them to be sustained. Normally whiplash is sustained from a car crash or road traffic accident, however, this case was somewhat more unique than a simple driver injury.
How did the bassist sustain whiplash if not from a car crash?
The basic cause of whiplash is when the head and neck are forced either forward, backward or to the side with such force it strains the muscles and nerves. This can cause simple driver injuries including neck pain to the more severe spinal problems.
The bassist from Slayer did not sustain his whiplash from a car crash nor did he sustain a driver injury, he suffered his spinal problems and whiplash from headbanging.
In the band the bassist would headbang with so much force his neck and spinal cord became damaged and caused himself to sustain whiplash. There are other cases where whiplash was not caused by a car accident and these are mainly in heavy rock bands such as members from Megadeth and Slipknot who have both reported sustaining spinal injuries and whiplash like symptoms not from any road traffic accidents but from whipping their heads back and forth.
What are the treatments for whiplash?
The more minor whiplash cases are treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, rest, and making sure you have good posture to support the neck. However for the more severe cases of whiplash especially in major road traffic accidents, where spinal problems have occurred, surgery may be required to rectify the problems presented to the victim.
Claiming whiplash-related compensation
If you have sustained whiplash, or any driver injury from a car accident, through no fault of your own in the last three years, unlike the Slayer bassist you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in personal injury claims such as those caused by road traffic accidents. With 15 years’ experience our team of lawyers will make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible. Many of our clients are even able to settle their claim without having to step foot in court.
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Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice