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whiplash

n. a common neck and/or back injury suffered in automobile accidents (particularly from being hit from the rear) in which the head and/or upper back is snapped back and forth suddenly and violently by the impact. The injury is to the "soft tissues" and sometimes to the vertebrae, does not always evidence itself for a day or two, and can cause pain and disability for periods up to a year. The degree of injury and the pain and suffering from whiplash are often in dispute in claims and lawsuits for damages due to negligent driving.

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The effects of whiplash can disappear after a relatively short period of time.
It also said it would also act as a strong deterrent to 'crash for cash' scams, which are based around fraudsters making money by staging a motor accident in order to make false whiplash claims.
More than 475,000 whiplash claims were made in 2013, according to figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI).
Maurice Tulloch, Aviva's UK general insurance boss, said: "If the UK is serious about reducing the cost of motor insurance we have to address the way we compensate minor whiplash, using rehabilitation only to treat genuine, minor injuries.
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The UK, through every fault of its own, is now known as the whiplash capital of the world and it is certainly time to tuck that title away in the annals of times past.
Uninsured driving costs the industry [pounds sterling]500m, whiplash claims [pounds sterling]2bn and fraud [pounds sterling]1bn," Graeme Trudgill of the British Insurance Brokers' Association told the BBC.
I'm on painkillers for whiplash and I'm still angry and really upset.
The Transport Committee is calling for evidence on how whiplash costs, which add an estimated PS90 to every motor premium, can be reduced.
The legal fee for whiplash claims is GBP2,500, of which half is due to intermediaries said Aviva, adding that if insurers were to eliminate these, over GBP1.
You know, I think I've got a touch of whiplash from talking to you on the phone.
The idea is to better diagnose whiplash injuries so genuine claims still go ahead but fraudulent ones don't.