By 1963 claims paid by insurance companies for "whiplash" injuries amounted to more than thirty per cent of the total claims paid. It was natural that the insurance companies began a campaign to discredit "whiplash" claims. The industry has been most successful in convincing many judges and jurors that these injuries often are faked by those claiming them. Since the publication of several articles concerning these neck injuries, the insurance industry has adopted a very cynical approach to all "whiplash" injuries. No other injury in the history of American jurisprudence has been the subject of such unfavorable publicity.
Gibson B. Witherspoon, Presentation of Evidence in a Whiplash or Cervical Sprain Case, 15 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 424 (1966)