Claiming for chronic pain compensation is complex. In this blog, we go through the basics to help you better understand the process, so you can begin your claim today.
At Brian Barr, we have a team of specialist solicitors who have vast experience in managing chronic pain claims for a wide range of clients. As a result, we are well-versed on the intricacies involved with chronic pain and claiming for compensation. If you suffer with the condition as a result of an accident or injury and want to find out more about chronic pain and whether or not you could make a claim, continue reading.
Firstly, what is chronic pain syndrome?
Chronic pain syndrome is described as pain that typically lasts for more than 12 weeks. The cause of chronic pain is unknown, however, it’s a well known fact that traumatic events, such as accidents or injuries, can trigger the condition or make it worse. Chronic pain involves pain that hasn’t subsided after treatment has been given to the cause, if known. Pain caused by chronic pain syndrome can vary from mild to severe and, in some cases, is constant. Symptoms include burning pains, shooting pains, aches, soreness, stiffness, and tightness. The risk of suffering with chronic pain increases with age, with 53% of men and 59% of women aged 75 and over being affected.
Which conditions are included within chronic pain?
Fibromyalgia (FM), a condition that affects people of all ages, particularly those who are between the ages of 30 and 50-years-old. Much like other chronic pain conditions, fibromyalgia is notoriously difficult to diagnose; other syndromes show similar symptoms and there is no specific test for the condition.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is known for causing intense pain, predominantly burning pain, skin discolouration, and sensitivity to touch. Many sufferers experience different symptoms, which is why the condition is particularly hard to diagnose.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME) causes overwhelming fatigue as well as mental fogginess, muscle pain, and problems with concentration. Unlike many other conditions and despite what you may think, chronic fatigue syndrome cannot be improved with rest.
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), a painful disease that affects the spine, joints, tendons, and ligaments. AS affects 1-in-200 men and 1-in-500 women, and is most common in people in their late teens and twenties.
Can I make a claim for chronic pain compensation?
Chronic pain symptoms are constant and extremely painful. For sufferers, the stress of constantly being uncomfortable and in pain can have a negative impact on their everyday lives. In many cases, chronic pain patients experience a reduced quality of life, job loss, depression, and difficulties carrying out daily activities. For someone who has developed chronic pain as a result of an accident or traumatic experience, such as a car accident, chronic pain compensation can be claimed to help improve their life with chronic pain syndrome by their side as much as possible. Chronic pain claims also help to compensate for a loss of earnings as well as costs for physiotherapy, rehabilitation treatments, and specialist pieces of equipment.
What are the next steps?
If you think you’re eligible to claim for chronic pain compensation, selecting a lawyer to represent you and your claim is a good place to start. In the early stages, it’s important to make sure you receive all the answers to your questions, so you fully understand the complications associated with bringing a claim. It’s also imperative that your solicitor understands both you and your condition well, so they’re able to provide sound legal advice throughout.
To commence your compensation claim, get in touch with our expert legal team by calling us for free on 0808 123 0003 or click here and fill in your details to arrange a callback.