Vehicle accidents are the common cause of whiplash neck injury. The injury is caused due to sudden jerk in the neck region resulting in an unexpected and uncomfortable movement causing injury in the neck region. The injury may be either a minor injury that can be treated in a shorter period or a major injury that requires the treatment for a longer period. When a person is injured severely in the cervical spine, the patient requires treatment for much longer period to get complete recovery.
Whiplash injury can be classified in the following systematic manner.
Category 0: No complaint of injury
Category 1: No physical indication about the injury, but complaints of the pain, rigidity or softness in the neck and neck region
Category 2: No clear physical indication about the injury, but complains of reduced movement and softness in the neck region along with pain.
Category 3: weakness in and around the neck region, deficiency of deep muscle reactions along with severe pain in the neck region.
Category 4: Dis-articulation and fracture in the neck region.
Apart from the above categorization, recovery time is considered basis of classification. Recovery time classification in the chronic order based on the above category 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively, includes the following.
1. Not more than 4 days
2. Exceeding 4 days but limited to 21 days
3. Exceeding 21 days but limited to 45 days
4. Exceeding 45 days but limited to 180 days
5. More than 180 days i.e six months
Previous studies relates to the rigorousness of the whiplash injury in the neck region. Irrespective of rapid development of the head restraints ensuring safety drive does not make an effective effect in reduction of the accidents causing whiplash neck injury. Whiplash Payout can be claimed in case of a whiplash neck injury. This in fact can reduce the financial burden by a great extent specially in case of major injuries where the cost of the treatment as well as the time for recovery is significantly high. The whiplash payout will be done to the party keeping the overall losses in mind.
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