The truth about whiplash and jaw pain injuries claims
Whiplash injuries claims have had a rough time in the press over the last few years. But do they deserve it?
Are the majority of whiplash and jaw pain injuries claims really genuine?
Whiplash and jaw pain is commonly thought to be a difficult injury to diagnose and ‘prove’, with suspicions of it being a convenient excuse to fraudulently claim compensation. But where does this perception come from and is it true?
Whiplash and jaw pain – the concise history
Whiplash and jaw pain is a relatively recently recognised injury in its own right. For a decade or more, it was misunderstood and poorly diagnosed and treated within some areas of the medical sector. This is, in part, because it was only understood as a one-level, physical injury.
Whiplash and jaw pain actually presents itself in both a mild and a severe form, both of which have substantially different symptoms. The symptoms can also be delayed, presenting hours or even days after an accident.
What are the symptoms of whiplash and jaw pain?
The symptoms of mild or short-term whiplash can include one or more of the following:
- neck pain and stiffness in the neck
- shoulder pain and shoulder stiffness
- back pain
- pain in the jaw area
- arm pain or weakness
- ringing in the ears
- problems with eyesight
But whiplash has the potential to become a very long-term injury, particularly if it’s not well treated or there is a delay in treatment. In severe cases, a whiplash victim may present one of more of these symptoms:
- drug dependency
- post traumatic stress syndrome
- social isolation
- insomnia or disturbed sleep
Not to be underestimated
The way in which whiplash can be delayed and therefore not noticed or recognised for a number of hours or days after an incident sometimes causes confusion. A victim can appear to walk away from a low speed vehicle collision unhurt, only to submit an injury report days after. It is important to note that whiplash can be a potentially life-altering condition, which occasionally doesn’t attract the dedicated treatment it needs. The impact of whiplash on a person’s life shouldn’t be underestimated, though. Some people have to live with the consequences of their injuries for years. At their worst, the impact of whiplash injuries can lead to the inability to work, socialise or lead a normal standard of life.
So are some whiplash injuries claims fake?
Within any system, some individuals take advantage. The compensation process is no different and due to its complex symptoms, whiplash can be a target for fraudulent claims. The perception of whiplash injuries as fake unfortunately compounds an already traumatic event for genuine claimants. But just because a few people cheat, genuine whiplash victims shouldn’t have to pay the price.
Have you been affected by whiplash or would you like to talk about whiplash injuries claims? Call us today for a friendly, no obligation chat.
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