Whiplash Claim

A rising percentage of car accidents result in a refund claim based on whiplash.

Four grades of Whiplash-Associated Disorder were defined by Quebec Task Force :

* Grade 1: complaints of neck pain, stiffness or tenderness only but no physical signs are by the examining physician.
* Grade 2: neck complaints and the examining physician finds decreased range of motion and point tenderness in the neck.
* Grade 3: decreased range of motion plus neurological signs such as decreased deep tendon reflexes, weakness, insomnia and sensory deficits.
* Grade 4: neck complaints and fracture or dislocation.

Symptom reported by suffers include: ringing or whistling in the ear, headache, deafness, memory loss, dizziness, jaw joint pain and difficulty in swallowing.

The Quebec Task Force explained that the forces required to cause injury to the neck are greater than those required to cause a stress response.

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