Whiplash is the most common road traffic accident injury, but not all whiplash injuries are created equal. There are in fact 4 categories/ grades of whiplash, or 5 if you count grade 0.
The two main categories for whiplash are:
1. Grade 1
2. Grade 2
Grade 1 Whiplash: Minor Whiplash
Grade 1 whiplash is the least serious form of whiplash. It sits above grade 0 where there are no complaints of neck pain and no physical signs of whiplash found under a medical examination.
Grade 1 whiplash can be defined as there being indications of neck complaints with no physical signs of injury. The only common sign and symptom of Grade 1 whiplash is pain, and less commonly headaches, dizziness, and nausea.
The recovery period for grade 1 whiplash is usually a few months at the most. The prognosis for the future in most cases is a full recovery within six months.
Grade 2 Whiplash: Moderate Whiplash
Grade 2 whiplash is defined as a moderate injury. It sits above grade 1 where there are indications of neck complaints with no physical signs of injury under a medical examination.
Grade 2 whiplash can be defined as there being indications of neck complaints with musculoskeletal signs, such as bruising and swelling. This type of whiplash is usually more painful than grade 1 and common symptoms include headaches, dizziness, and nausea.
The recovery period for grade 2 whiplash is usually six – twelve months. The prognosis for the future in most cases is a full recovery within two years.
How are grades determined?
Whiplash grades are determined by a doctor who specialises in head and neck injuries. When you make a claim for personal injury compensation, you will go for an unbiased medical examination set up by your solicitor. It is during this examination that the grade is determined.
Grade 1 and grade 2 whiplash have different payout estimates. Grade 1 whiplash has an average payout of £1,000 – £7,500, while grade 2 whiplash has an average payout of £4,000 – £12,000. Payouts are largely determined by recovery time and the severity of the injury, and payouts vary from case to case.
If you or somebody you know is the victim of whiplash and wishes to make a claim for compensation, discuss your case for free and with no obligation with AAH on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. Alternatively enter site here for more information.