One of the most common classifications of injury in rear-end collisions and other types of accidents is known as “whiplash.” There is great misunderstanding among the general public as to what constitutes whiplash and exactly how it happens. Because of this misinformation, many people believe that there really is no such thing as whiplash and that anyone who claims to have it must be trying to collect extra money for nothing. However, whiplash is very real and its effects can be devastating.

What Is Whiplash?

According to, whiplash is a type of acceleration-deceleration injury that commonly occurs in motor vehicle accidents. The term was first used in the 1920’s and was labeled “railway spine” because these injuries often occurred as the result of the jerky motion of railway cars coming to a sudden stop. Whiplash can be divided into both acute and long-term injuries. Whiplash is not a single injury but a complex combination of injuries to the bones, ligaments, and soft tissues of the neck and back. Symptoms include pain, headache, dizziness, visual disturbance, and hearing disruption. Whiplash is usually not life-threatening but can cause long periods of pain and disability, depending on the severity of the accident.

How Do I Prove I Have Whiplash?

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to “prove” that a victim has whiplash. Because whiplash usually involves soft-tissue injury, x-rays do not show the damage that is caused. Doctors diagnose whiplash by carefully examining the victim and documenting changes in pain levels during different movements. This means that whiplash diagnosis is usually somewhat subjective. This subjectivity means that people will always argue about whether a victim “really” has whiplash. However, new advances in medical technology are making it easier for doctors to give more definitive whiplash diagnoses.

Can A Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me Prove Whiplash Injuries?

A personal injury lawyer can help you file a claim for whiplash injury damages and collect money from the person who hurt you. These attorneys understand the challenges of “proving” a whiplash case and know how to overcome the obstacles that arise when there is little objective evidence of a debilitating injury. These lawyers have access to some of the best experts in the area who can show that whiplash is indeed a “real” problem and that those with whiplash injuries suffer pain, loss of mobility, and related problems such as missed days at work and difficulty performing everyday tasks.