Pioneering Pilots Discoveries at the Heart of Whiplash Accident Compensation
It may come as a surprise that pilots in the 1940’s discoveries are at the heart of whiplash accident compensation. In a quest to find out what the effects were of quickly stopping the human body travelling at high speed. This research yielded a staggering amount of information that helps modern whiplash lawyers in their whiplash accident compensation claims.
It was the pioneering work of USAF surgeon, John Stapp that gave valuable information about the effects of acceleration and deceleration on the human body. It is these extreme accelerations and decelerations that cause whiplash. John Stapp actually used himself as the test subject and as a result suffered horrendous injuries over the years. It was thought that people would die if they experienced more than 18g (which is 18 times the force of gravity) Stapp proved this wrong and went on to experience nearly 46g. He experienced this kind of force without dying but not without injury.
The work he did and the results he obtained provided valuable information that would eventually filter its way into the motoring industry and would pave the way for lawyers to understand the forces at work when a person is involved in a car accident. Often victims of car accidents suffer whiplash, the research done by Stapp helps injury lawyers to claim whiplash accident compensation on behalf of their clients.
These expert lawyers have partnered with Accident Advice Helpline teams to help and guide car accident victims through the claims process. Potential clients simply have to make a free 30 telephone call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and speak to one of Accident Advice Helpline’s advisers and they do the rest. Whiplash is an incredibly painful injury and can have lasting and devastating effects on victims. Some of the symptoms of whiplash are listed below
- Loss of movement in the neck
- Stiffness in the neck
- Stiffness and pain in the arms
- Stiffness and pain in the shoulders
These are a few of the symptoms, there are others and the alarming thing is that the symptoms can take several hours to develop. Recovery can take several months. Because everyone is an individual symptom’s and recovery times can vary from person to person, no two individuals are the same.
It was Stapp’s work with the automobile companies in America that led to seat belts being fitted. His work showed that fatalities were reduced if people in cars were wearing seatbelts. For lawyers representing clients in whiplash accident compensation claims understand the importance of the seat belt and its impact on saving lives and yet in a strange way it partially contributes to the effects of whiplash. In an accident the persons’ body is restrained by the seatbelt but due to inertia the head keeps moving which is part of what causes whiplash.
Few people involved in whiplash accident compensation claims, would have realised the debt of gratitude that is owed to people like John Stapp and his daredevil antics.
Date Published: 30th November 2012
Author: David Brown