Researchers Argue Whiplash & Car Wreck Injuries Are Indeed Valid

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

All attorneys treating personal injury and car wreck clients/patients are familiar with the insurance companies’ claims that people aren’t really hurt or that whiplash cannot cause any real, chronic injury.

We have been treating personal injury patients since 2007, Dr. Williams has been an expert witness at trial, and we have seen hundreds of car wreck patients over the years.

These personal injury and car wreck patients most certainly ARE injured to some extent in almost every case. Even low-speed impact cases. Especially in low-speed crashes. When the vehicle doesn’t “crush,” the force of the impact is not allowed to “ride down” with the crumple of the vehicle. The force is transferred directly to the occupant in these types of crashes.

Regarding the mechanism of injury: forces of the collision caused compression, tension, shearing, and rotational forces converging in a rapid sequence which is virtually instantaneous. It is the timing, or the lack of time for the body to react to these forces, that causes the injury anatomically and scientifically.

Think about it this way: when you go from one speed to another speed in a millisecond, there is going to be damage to the tissues holding everything together. Most commonly damaged are the postural muscles. Those are the muscles keeping your body and head upright correctly.

Dr. Williams’s Advanced Certification in Whiplash Biomechanics & Traumatology has aided us in evaluating these car wreck patients, aided us in their case management, and aided us in backing every aspect of treatment by research citation in their narrative reports.

If you think Dr. Williams can help you here at Creek Stone after a car wreck, please call 806-355-3000 and let us get you in as soon as possible.

We are experienced in working with the attorney, working with you if you do not have an attorney, billing the other person’s insurance, or billing your own personal injury protection insurance.

It usually does not cost the injured person a dime to get checked and get treatment so call us at 806-355-3000 as soon as possible.

Freeman & Croft are research leaders and experts in the industry when it comes to whiplash, crash reconstruction, and the biomechanics involved in crashes.

They put together a paper in 1999 called “A review and methodologic critique of the literature refuting whiplash syndrome” that was published in the esteemed Spine Journal. Citation is included below.

Why They Did It

Many times, the insurance companies claim “Whiplash” is an idea or a theory but not necessarily a real thing, although medical research validated whiplash years ago. Some authors on the side of the insurance companies hoping to not cover medical costs or the costs of pain and suffering have published articles here and there taking the stance that injuries are unlikely or even impossible at certain speeds. Others have published articles suggesting any psychological issues after a wreck are based purely on financial gain or litigation. All of this, even though research has been there for years showing whiplash to be a serious issue as well as the other conditions a personal injury or car wreck patient may face such as concussion, psychological issues, etc..

How They Did It

  • The authors of this paper reviewed the biomedical and engineering literature relating to whiplash syndrome, searching for articles that claimed there was no validity to whiplash injuries.
  • Twenty articles were identified and included.
  • The methodology described in these articles was evaluated critically to determine if the authors’ observations regarding the validity of whiplash syndrome were scientifically sound.

What They Found

  • The authors of this paper found that all of the articles contained significant methodological flaws with regard to their respective authors’ statements refuting the validity of whiplash syndrome.
  • The most frequently found flaws were inadequate study size, non-representative study sample, non-representative crash conditions (for crash tests), and inappropriate study design.

Conclusion

“As a result of the current literature review, it was determined that there is no epidemiologic or scientific basis in the literature for the following statements: whiplash injuries do not lead to chronic pain, rear impact collisions that do not result in vehicle damage are unlikely to cause injury, and whiplash trauma is biomechanically comparable with common movements of daily living.”

Citation

Freeman MD, Crotft AC, “A review and methodolgic critique of the literature refuting whiplash syndrome.” Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1999 Jan 1;24(1):86-96.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9921598