If you have experienced a whiplash or neck injury after a motor vehicle accident, you may be able to claim compensation.
Whiplash is defined in Wikipedia as follows:
“Whiplash is a non-medical term describing a range of injuries to the neck caused by or related to a sudden distortion of the neck associated with extension, although the exact injury mechanisms remain unknown. The term “whiplash” is a colloquialism. “Cervical acceleration–deceleration” (CAD) describes the mechanism of the injury, while the term “whiplash associated disorders” (WAD) describes the injury sequelae and symptoms. Whiplash is commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents, usually when the vehicle has been hit in the rear”
The amount of compensation you can claim will depend on the seriousness of the injury. Your whiplash injury can be classified according to a certain grade; the higher the grade, the more serious the injury. See a more detailed description here. It is advisable to seek a qualified doctor when you are injured. You are also advised to seek legal advice.