Serious injuries can often leave you with lasting and unforeseen consequences, such as chronic pain syndromes. Chronic pain syndromes can be extremely debilitating, and it’s believed that 15.5 million people in the UK suffer from some form of chronic pain.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain after an accident or injury that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. OH Parsons are specialists in serious injury claims, with years of experience in helping people like you receive the justice they deserve.
Chronic pain syndrome refers to any kind of pain that lasts for longer than three months, and is contrasted to acute pain, which stems directly from a specific injury or illness to serve as a warning of damage or danger. Chronic pain, on the other hand, sees the body sending repeating warning signals without an obvious cause.
There are a number of different causes of chronic pain, and there might be multiple factors at play. In some cases, chronic pain occurs as part of a disease such as arthritis, cancer or MS. However, when you’ve suffered from a road traffic collision, medical negligence or other kind of accident at work, you may find yourself with lingering pain long after the initial incident.
Chronic pain conditions can come in many different forms, some of which aren’t fully understood by medical professionals. These include:
If your chronic pain condition has occurred after a road traffic accident, incident at work, or any other accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to make a chronic pain syndrome claim. In order to have grounds for a case, you’ll need to be able to prove a diagnosis for a chronic pain condition, and that it was brought on by an accident that wasn’t your fault.
If your chronic pain has been brought on by an accident or incident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be eligible to make a claim.
We advise that you get in touch with a solicitor as soon as you’re diagnosed with a chronic pain disorder so that they can evaluate your case and establish whether you have enough evidence to back up your claim.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS, is usually caused by a trauma or an accident. If this accident wasn’t your fault – for example, a road traffic accident or medical negligence incident – then you would be able to pursue compensation for damages.
In most cases, chronic pain is defined as a pain that has been constant for 12 weeks or more. Some disorders, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, require symptoms to persist for upwards of 6 months.
As with other serious injuries, you can claim damages for pain and suffering when pursuing a claim for chronic pain. This is particularly important in these kinds of cases, as chronic pain can be life-changing and you’ll likely be feeling the effects for years after the initial incident. Pain and suffering, alongside medical bills, lost earnings from taking time off work and travel expenses, will all go into determining how much compensation you might receive.