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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 AA said that claims for whiplash injury contributed to the biggest car insurance premium increases ever recorded.
Leinster coach Joe Schmidt, who saw his side fall to sixth in the table said: "There was no contact when Andrew got injured - he hit the ground with his shoulder and it looked like a whiplash injury.
The finding is important because the structural basis of whiplash injury is unknown, Jostein Krakenes, Ph.
A whiplash injury commonly causes a painful, stiff neck.
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As a result of the selection criteria for study, the QTF could not generalize its results to the majority of the population at risk for whiplash injury.
To measure the whiplash injury criteria, the test dummy (a Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy - BioRID-2) has a specially designed spinal column that consist of 24 "vertebrae", just as human beings.
The joints in the back of the spine are covered by ligaments which are particularly susceptible to whiplash injury.
Over half (58%) of the doctors involved in the AXA study signed off 50 per cent or less of patients as having a genuine whiplash injury.
The Association of British Insurers said the UK was now the "whiplash capital of Europe", with one out of every 140 people claiming for a whiplash injury each year.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said the UK was now the "whiplash capital of Europe" - with one out of every 140 people claiming for a whiplash injury each year.
However, the insurance company says that many whiplash injury claims are fraudulent.