Short-term pain is a completely normal reaction to an injury, but in some cases, the pain can continue long after the original injury has healed.
Pain that lasts for three or more months is referred to as chronic pain and is an altogether more serious condition that can have a devastating impact on a person’s health and quality of life. People suffering from chronic pain may find normal living to be both mentally and physically exhausting, with the condition causing a number of serious associated health problems including cognitive impairment, weakness, depression, anxiety and insomnia. It can also weaken the immune system.
What are the causes and types of chronic pain?
Although the cause of chronic pain is sometimes unknown, it is often the result of an injury that was sustained in an accident. This may be a road traffic accident, an accident in the workplace, or a trip or fall anywhere. Nerve damage, back injuries, head injuries, spinal cord injuries and whiplash can all cause or contribute to chronic pain.
Chronic pain may appear suddenly or develop over time – and in some cases it may only appear several weeks after the original trauma. There are several different types of chronic pain, including:
- Neuropathic pain
- Somatic pain
- Visceral pain
- Myofascial pain
In addition, chronic pain can be associated with conditions such as Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FS) and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RDS).
Chronic pain claims
If you are suffering from chronic pain as the result of negligence or an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. This can provide the financial support you need to pay for specialist treatment and rehabilitation, or it may help to pay the bills while you are unable to work. While it can’t reverse the injury, a payment may also help to compensate for some of the pain and discomfort you have had to endure as a result of the injury.
How much compensation can I claim for chronic pain?
The amount of compensation that is paid out will vary between each individual case. The final settlement will take into account a number of different factors such as the level of negligence involved in the case, the impact the chronic pain has on the victim, and any specialist treatment or ongoing care that is required to improve the condition or enhance the claimant’s quality of life.
No Win, No Fee chronic pain claims
We usually handle chronic pain claims on a No Win, No Fee basis, which means there is absolutely no risk involved and you cannot lose out even if your claim is unsuccessful. What’s more, we pride ourselves on offering straightforward and honest advice at every stage – so if we don’t think you’re likely to be successful, we will not advise you to proceed with your case.
How do I make a chronic pain claim?
Whether you think you might have a claim or are just looking for some expert advice, the specialist personal injury solicitors at Mackrell & Thomas are ready and waiting to assist you. We understand the difficulties of living with chronic pain and have witnessed first hand the positive impact that a compensation payment can have on the life of a victim.
Start your claim today by giving us a call on 0151 668 0405. We have the experience, knowledge and expertise to get you the compensation you deserve – with honest and straightforward advice at every stage.