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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 over the past two years, claims for whiplash injury contributed to the biggest car insurance premium increases ever recorded.
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SAN DIEGO -- High-resolution MRI is a useful tool for assessing ligaments and membranes in the upper cervical spine and classifying structural abnormalities in grades of severity, results from a controlled study of 92 whiplash injury patients have shown.
SAN DIEGO -- High-resolution MRI is a useful tool to assess ligaments and membranes in the upper cervical spine and classify structural abnormalities in grades of severity, results from a controlled study of 92 whiplash injury patients have demonstrated.
LEADING insurer Admiral is taking a tough stand against bogus whiplash injury claims.
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.