Making a chronic pain personal injury claim:
Chronic pain unfortunately results from traffic accidents all too frequenlty.
If you’ve been in a car accident in BC and have been diagnosed with chronic pain, your personal injury claim becomes an escalated claim because of the long-term nature of your injury.
About chronic pain:
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Chronic pain can be debilitating. Experiencing near-constant pain that’s hard to treat can cause you to have to reduce your work, go on disability, or change jobs. It can also restrict your leisure activities and cause difficulties in your personal relationships and family.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is pain that lasts beyond a few months. Short-term pain, known as acute pain, is the body’s response to an injury and it goes away as the injury heals. Chronic pain stays indefinitely and/or is long-term
The pain may begin with a known injury, such as a neck sprain or whiplash from a car accident, but continue after the neck is healed. Chronic pain may also be attributed to an ongoing problem, such as a herniated disk in your back that isn’t responding to treatment. In some cases, chronic pain can’t be linked back to a specific injury, which can be very difficult for the person suffering.
Chronic pain can cause depression and irritability as well as dependency on pain medication. Often there are several chronic pain areas at the same time, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and temporomandibular joint disorder (inflammation of the joint that attaches your jaw to your skull).
Chronic pain can also be present at the same time as acute pain.
What causes chronic pain?
Chronic pain can be caused by any event that injures you. For example, if your back is injured in a car accident, assault, or fall, the back injury could turn into chronic pain over the long run. The injury itself may heal, but the pain remains as your body continues to fire its pain receptors.
What should you do if you suffer from chronic pain?
Chronic pain can be very serious and have a long lasting impact on your quality of life. The first thing you should do if you think you have chronic pain is get medical help. A doctor can examine you, ask you questions, give you tests, and take scans to determine whether there’s an underlying injury that is causing the pain. If there is, a plan can be set up to deal with that injury. If any injuries have healed, then a pain management plan can be arranged to deal with the chronic pain itself to lead you to recovery.
Getting medical help is also important legally. If you think the chronic pain is related to a car accident or is otherwise someone else’s fault, the doctor’s opinion will be important if you go ahead with seeking damages. You will need to show that your chronic pain was caused by the accident as well as its impact on your activities.
Get legal advice from a personal injury lawyer if you think it was caused by an accident or someone’s careless or reckless behaviour.
What if you already had chronic pain, but now it’s worse?
You should go see your doctor if your pain or other symptoms have changed or gotten worse, even if you had chronic pain before the traumatic event. If the event made your condition worse or caused new injuries, you can still seek damages.
How is chronic pain treated?
Your doctor will set up a treatment plan for you. This can include:
- Over-the-counter or prescription medication
- Physical therapy sessions
- Treatment from a chiropractor
- Learning relaxation techniques
Treatment can cure or significantly reduce chronic pain symptoms. Treatment options and understanding of the problem are improving as more research is conducted. Unfortunately, however, in some cases it becomes a life-long problem.
If you have ongoing pain from a traffic accident in BC, talk to one of our experienced personal injury lawyers who have experience advancing chronic pain personal injury claims.
We offer a free consultation for traffic accident injury claims, including chronic pain personal injury claims. Call us toll free at 1-855-467-0505 to schedule a free consultation today.