To succeed in securing a personal injury insurance settlement following a rear-end collision, you need a detailed diagnosis from a qualified doctor to establish the existence of a whiplash injury.
Whiplash injuries generally do not result from structural damage, just the sudden overextension of muscles and tendons. The doctor should take x-rays and do other types of imaging such as MRIs or CAT scans to rule out more traumatic injuries. The doctor should also document problems such as pain levels through a range of motion, limitations on range of motion, arm and leg tingling and weakness, frequency and severity of headaches, and tenderness of the neck and shoulders.
Information on the duration, accumulation and intensification of symptoms will be important for supporting an insurance claim.