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Diagnosis and prognosis of whiplash injury

It is advisable to seek professional medical advice as soon as possible following an accident in which you fear you may have suffered a whiplash injury

A whiplash injury can sometimes take up to 72 hours to become apparent as the bruising to the soft tissues takes time to develop. Read more about what whiplash injury is.

How is whiplash injury diagnosed?

Diagnosis of whiplash injury is notoriously difficult but it is usually based on the following factors:

The different levels of Whiplash Associated Disorders, as defined by the Quebec Task Force, are:

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Grade 1 – complaints of neck pain, stiffness or tenderness only but no physical signs by the examining physician.

Grade 2 – neck complaints and the examining physician finds decreased range of motion and point tenderness in the neck.

Grade 3 – decreased range of motion plus neurological signs such as decreased deep tendon reflexes, weakness, insomnia and sensory deficits.

Grade 4 – neck complaints including fracture and dislocation or spinal cord injury

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Methods of diagnosis

Depending on the severity and type of the Whiplash Associated Disorder, the following methods of diagnosis may be used:

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What is the prognosis for whiplash injury?

The prognosis very much depends on the extent of the whiplash injury and the patient’s general health.  The level of damage is determined by the position of the neck at the time of the accident. Read more about why whiplash injury occurs.

In many cases, with appropriate treatment, whiplash injury heals within one week to three months.  Self-treatment promotes the most successful chance of full recovery. Read more about treatments for whiplash injury.

Factors relating to the prognosis for whiplash injury:

How can I make a whiplash injury claim today?

If you have suffered a whiplash injury then our personal injury experts are here to help you make a compensation claim.

You can claim for pain and suffering, loss of earnings, medical expenses such as treatments and much more.  We may even be able to arrange for you to receive top medical care in your area. 

We have an excellent success rate and guarantee that you will receive a dedicated no win, no fee service from us.

Simply call our friendly claim team on 0800 197 32 32 or fill out one of our online claim forms to start your whiplash injury claim today.