Some injuries occur more than others after an accident.

After a slip, trip or fall in a public space, you could either suffer a severe bruise or something more serious like a broken limb.

In the workplace, falling off a ladder or a balcony could result in suffering broken ribs or a serious back injury. Regardless of the setting, if the injury wasn’t their fault, filing injury claims would often be on their mind.

When personal injury claims are made after a road accident, the most common injury claimed for is whiplash. Whiplash negligence is a common complaint made by people who suffer the injury after an accident on the road. They believe that the motorist who crashed into them has sole responsibility for their injury, believing that they neglected their duty to drive safely as all motorists are told to do.

Whiplash is usually caused on the road when one vehicle crashes into the back of another. This sometimes happens in heavy traffic when someone unnecessarily accelerates in a traffic jam, although during the winter months, rural routes are sometimes afflicted by black ice, which can also cause accidents of a similar nature. At the point of collision, whiplash occurs when the driver and passengers experience a sudden jolt, forcing their heads to move back and forth rapidly, which is when it begins to strike.

Immediately after a crash, it can be hard to tell if you have whiplash, but there are a few symptoms to look out for. The major one is stiffness in the neck area, which has a number of knock-on effects, particularly on your spine. Other signs of whiplash include headaches and dizziness, difficulty swallowing food and drink and shoulder and back pain. If you have any or all of these after having a crash, the chances are that you do have whiplash.

Neck stiffness caused by whiplash can last anything from a few weeks to a few years, and it could hinder your ability to work, travel and perform routine household tasks. To be certain of whether you have it, there is one thing you need to do above all else.

As you would with any other medical complaint, going to your doctor or GP to ask for a diagnosis is a must. They can help you get the treatment you need if you have whiplash, and if you decide to make a personal injury claim against the driver responsible, they will help you by contributing your medical records as proof of your injury should you file a claim.

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Whiplash claims have been hitting the headlines after the Government’s Transport Select Committee recommended that the car insurance industry raised the threshold for payments in neck injury cases.

The committee has produced a report that pointed the finger of blame for the surge in the number of whiplash claims in recent years at various different parties, including medical professionals in the UK.

While many have praised the committee’s report for seeking to tackle the issue of the surge in whiplash claims in recent years, the recommendations have not been universally welcomed.

Dr Simon Margolis, chief executive of Premex Group which manages a panel of 4500 medical experts, responded to the report by highlighting the problems doctors face in trying to accurately diagnose whiplash claims.

He told http://www.postonline.co.uk: "I believe our panel of experts would appreciate the opportunity to challenge suggestions which question their integrity. As Dr Rosemary Leonard clearly explained in her interview with BBC Breakfast yesterday morning, developing authoritative guidance on the diagnosis of an injury is not a straightforward task. There is no blood test or imaging modality currently in existence that can prove or disprove an injury was sustained or whether symptoms are being experienced.

"That is why a combination of the taking of a history and the laying on of hands during clinical examination by a medical expert remains the appropriate approach. Much can be learned from the general demeanour of the claimant and the way the history is delivered."

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Members of the pop band One Direction are currently recovering from whiplash and shock after reportedly being involved in a road traffic accident last week.

The quintet, who rose to fame after finishing third in the 2010 edition of the TV show X Factor, are believed to have been travelling in a people carrier with their tour managers after playing a gig in Birmingham when the incident took place.

The boy band received medical assistance and in true showbusiness style proved that the show must go on as they refused to cancel any dates on their UK date on medical grounds.

A source told The Sun: “It was a close call.

“The lads and their two tour managers were pretty shaken up and were treated for varying degrees of whiplash. They were seen by an osteopath who gave them the all-clear."

The Daily Mirror reported that three of the One Direction boys suffered spinal pain and severe headaches following the car crash.

The Mirror quoted a source as saying: “It was pretty terrifying for everyone concerned. All five boys, plus two members of the crew, were in their tour bus when the car rammed into the back of it.

“Thankfully, it withstood most of the impact but obviously, travelling at speed, the boys’ couldn’t avoid whiplash. After careering across the road, both vehicles came to a stop. Louis, Zayn and Niall were the worst affected.

“Paramedics advised management to scrap the gig in Plymouth but because the boys didn’t want to let anyone down they agreed to go ahead.”

While One Direction appear to have had a lucky escape, other road traffic accident victims are not as fortunate.

The latest figures released by the Department for Transport, which come out every June, show in 2010 that there were a total of 208,655 casualties (slight injuries, serious injuries and fatalities) in road accidents reported to the police in Britain.

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in road traffic accidents and is caused by a sudden and unexpected jolt to the neck.

Click here for more information if you have suffered whiplash in an accident that was not your fault and you want to find out if you are eligible to claim for compensation.

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