Anyone who has suffered from chronic pain will know how debilitating it can be. This is often the kind of condition that develops after an injury and can impact on daily life and its quality.
Chronic pain is often less localized than other injuries. An orthopaedic problem, for example, tends to be down to an easily identifiable problem with a bone or joint. Managing conditions where chronic pain is an issue have improved over the last few decades but is still difficult to control and live with.
Chronic Pain & Compensation
If you have been the victim of an accident that wasn’t your fault, chronic pain injuries can take a while to come to the fore. An example would be a whiplash injury from a car accident. There may be no initial pain, but your pain could start to develop over the coming days. Sometimes this disappears all by itself. Other times it can continue to cause problems for months and even years after the initial accident.
Types of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain differs from acute pain because it is there all the time and can persist for a long while. In the case of a whiplash injury, you may suffer from something called complex regional pain syndrome. This means the pain is associated with the area where the injury occurred but is not exactly focused on it.
This can have a variety of symptoms. You might feel a shooting pain down your arms or shoulders. It may even effect areas like your hips or joints. You could notice a burning sensation where the skin feels hot to touch.
A somatoform disorder occurs where someone appears to have physical pain but no real sign of an injury or damage to the body. Fibromyalgia, on the other hand, can cause pain in the muscles and a sense of tiredness.
Can I Make a Personal Injury Claim?
Chronic pain can arise for a wide range of reasons and it’s always important to get an accurate diagnosis. Whether a personal injury claim results will depend on a number of different factors. If the chronic pain has been caused by an accident or incident that wasn’t your fault, you may well be able to claim for compensation.
The key here is identifying the cause of the injury and proving that it led to your chronic pain, something that is not always that easy. Working with an experienced team of personal injury solicitors, like the team at Accinet, and the appropriate medical specialist is the best way to discover what the trigger event was to cause the pain in the first place.
Sufferers often have to take a multi-disciplinary approach to handling their chronic pain and that can cost money if services need to be obtained outside of normal healthcare practices. Time off work because of the condition is also an issue that many people face, and which needs to be taken into account when compensation is considered.
It’s important that you get the right legal advice if you are suffering from a chronic pain condition that was caused because of an incident that wasn’t your fault. Accinet is team of experienced solicitors in Newcastle who are happy to discuss your chronic pain, how it was caused from a legal and compensation point of view. If they believe they can make a difference for you, they will also take your case on a no win no fee basis.