Whiplash injuries of the neck as the result of automobile accidents have attracted increased attention in recent years from both the medical and legal professions. The incidence of such injuries has risen steadily, paralleling the increase in the number of automobiles and in the number of accidents on our highways. Unfortunately, effective safety measures or changes in automobile design that might prevent or minimize these injuries have not yet been introduced. Because most whiplash injuries involve compensation and many entail litigation, the correct management of such cases both medically and legally is of considerable economic importance.
Paul A. Nelson, Physician's View of Whiplash Injuries of the Neck, 6 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 489 (1957)