What is Chronic Pain Syndrome?
When it comes to chronic pain syndrome, there is no universal definition, but it is often explained as pain that has persisted for longer than 12 weeks, or beyond what would be expected to have been a normal healing period.
The term ‘chronic pain syndrome’ is an umbrella term used to define long-term pain which can arise from a variety of different sources. One of the most common triggers of chronic pain disorder is an injury, such as one caused by a road accident or fall, where the pain lingers after the initial physical damage has healed – with no obvious cause.
In some circumstances, the symptoms of chronic pain syndrome do not arise until a long time after the injury has occured, which can prove confusing and frustrating for both the patient and medical professionals alike.
In many cases of chronic pain syndrome, pain relieving drugs are prescribed in order to manage the pain, however, this can cause some undesirable side effects for the patient, such as drowsiness, dizziness or digestive problems. This forces many sufferers to turn to alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, reiki and mindfulness techniques in order to alleviate the pain.
How to Claim Compensation for Chronic Pain
If you’re looking to claim compensation for chronic pain, you will need to be able to prove that an accident or injury caused by another’s negligence was to blame for your chronic pain symptoms.
The value of your chronic pain compensation payout will depend on the severity of your symptoms and the long-term effects it has had on your working capabilities and need for care. When making a claim, medical experts will be instructed to assess your symptoms and advise on the effects your accident has had, and will have on your life.
Compensation claims will generally need to be made within three years of knowledge of the negligence that caused your chronic pain symptoms. However, the courts do have discretion to allow late claims in some circumstances.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim for Chronic Pain?
The value of your chronic pain compensation claim will depend on how the injury has affected your life, working capabilities and your need for care and assistance, both in the short-term and long-term – meaning compensation can vary from case to case.
The reason for this huge variation in compensation payouts is due to the fact that each of these heads of claims are calculated on a case-by-case basis. For example, a young person in a high-paying job who will never be able to return to work will receive a higher award of damages for the significant long-term impact on their life.
However, if a more senior person who is close to retirement in a low-paying job was to claim, they will receive a lower award of damages for the same injury, due to the fact that their life will be impacted for a shorter amount of time.
This case-by-case evaluation makes it difficult to estimate a compensation payout for chronic pain, however, if your injury has had a severe, long-term impact on your life, then you can expect to receive a significant amount of compensation
Everyone has suffered pain at some point in their lives, whether it’s an excruciating headache, backache or toothache. Whatever the cause, pain can take the joy out of everyday life and when it’s alleviated, there’s usually a huge sense of relief.
Headache, toothache and backache are common pains that can cause annoyance for a short period of time. But what if there was little prospect of the pain subsiding and that instead of gaining relief, you would have to battle the unpleasant sensation every day?
Pain can be an alarming and distressing symptom, overwhelming daily life and disrupting an individual’s ability to function on even the most basic level.
Chronic pain syndrome sufferers are often forced to deal with these symptoms on a daily basis, and with no immediate resolution in sight, it can be simply exhausting.
Most people have suffered from toothache at some point in their lives, an uncomfortable throb which is almost impossible to ignore.
The relief of getting treatment can be overwhelming but when you’re caught in the middle of the pain, how do you feel? Exhausted, unable to concentrate and in no mood to socialise?
Living with chronic pain syndrome can be exhausting and completely dominate each and every day so managing it effectively is a priority.
The treatment prescribed for chronic pain will partly depend on the underlying cause, and the individual’s doctor’s own preferred regime.
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A 39 year old man was injured when a forklift truck reversed into him and knocked him over. It was established that his employer was liable for the accident in which he suffered a back injury. He suffered from chronic back pain. He could not return to his previous employment and was limited in relation to DIY. It was felt that the injury was not likely to be permanent. He would benefit from a pain management course and would have to perform clerical work in the future.
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Alex and his team have got time for you, you actually forget that they are your acting solicitor, a friendship has been built up, and when you are getting worried or dragged down on so many occasions Katie helped me get through the sticky patches with her empathy with the effects of pain (she gets it) many thanks Katie you’re a gem!
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How Brian Barr Chronic Pain Solicitors can Help You
If your chronic pain was triggered or made worse by an accident or trauma or if your previous solicitor advised you to settle for too little, you may be entitled to compensation. As a successful chronic pain solicitors, we will act on your behalf to handle your case in a caring and professional manner to ensure you receive maximum compensation.