For years, the insurance industry has downplayed the seriousness of a whiplash injury. While it is true that this type of hurt cannot be proven with X-rays or CT scans, it can nevertheless lead to potentially debilitating consequences for the sufferer. It is noteworthy that whiplash injuries are not limited to car accidents alone. There are reports of these injuries suffered during roller-coaster rides as well as sports activities. Case in point is Rusty Klesla of the Phoenix Coyotes. This professional hockey player suffered a whiplash injury alongside a concussion in a preseason game against Los Angeles.
Physicians and other experts have looked further into the reports of whiplash and have actually unearthed a number of fascinating facts that are still largely unknown to the average American.
- It can cause hypothyroidism. Researchers at the Spine Research Institute of San Diego (SRISD) have discovered that there is a relationship between whiplash trauma and the onset of hypothyroidism. Connecting whiplash with an injury to central tissues, the experts warn that this form of hypothyroidism is atypical and could not always be identified with standard tests but called for a combination of tests and lab analysis.
- Institutional bias may prevent proper care. Taking a closer look at the data used by the Quebec Task Force on Whiplash-Associated Disorders, the experts found that institutional bias colored the interpretation of data.
- Rear vehicle impacts carry the highest risk for whiplash injuries. Human testing has shown that frontal crashes carried a “monophasic occupant kinematic,” which results in a lowered risk for whiplash injuries. Rear impacts, on the other hand, carry a much higher risk because of the more complex crash mechanics and resulting involuntary movements. Speed and vehicle type or brand did not factor in as much as the kind if impact the motorist and passengers experienced.
- Rear crashes resulting in whiplash are common. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there are an annual estimated 210,921 rear crashes resulting in reported whiplash injuries. It is important to remember that there is a dark figure involving the accidents that are never reported to law enforcement. When adjusting for the unreported crashes, the number skyrocketed to 272,088.
- Young women and the elderly are high-risk groups. The Whiplash Prevention Campaign outlines that due to reduced neck musculature, young women’s flexible necks make them more susceptible to whiplash injuries. Another high-risk group includes the elderly, particularly if they suffer from neck arthritis.
Do you have neck pain that will not go away? Have you been in a car accident or experienced another event that led to the sudden distortion of your neck? Do you suffer headaches or dizziness? If so, you may be experiencing conditions that could point to muscle strain, nerve or disc damage, ligament ruptures and associated trauma.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that resulted in a sudden involuntary neck movement, there are legal rights you need to protect. Contact us today to find out more about whiplash injuries, getting well and receiving compensation.