You could claim compensation for chronic pain
Pain is the body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong – it’s a completely normal reaction to an injury or illness. This ’normal’ or ‘acute’ pain is a defence mechanism designed to protect you against harm.
But chronic pain syndrome (CPS) is different and usually lasts for three or more months after an injury, beyond what is considered to be the standard healing time.
This type of long lasting pain can have a serious emotional impact as well as being physically devastating.
If you’ve suffered from chronic pain as a result of an injury which wasn’t your fault, then you may be eligible to claim compensation for the effect it’s had on your life.
We know that money can’t make up for the pain you’ve had to endure, but compensation can help to ease the pressure, so that you can get things back to how they were before your injury.
If you feel ready to talk to somebody about your experience or would like to start your claim, please contact us for free on 0800 376 0150.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain syndrome is usually defined as pain which lasts for longer than 12 weeks or beyond the advised recovery time for your injury or illness.
Chronic pain can also be a returning pain that can go for a period of time with no symptoms before returning and affecting your life.
Symptoms may include shooting pain, aching sensations, and feelings of tightness or stiffness.
If you’ve experienced chronic pain from an accident which wasn’t your fault, we may be able to help you to get back on track. You can contact our friendly, legally trained advisors on 0800 376 0150 for free, confidential advice and to find out whether you’re eligible to make a claim.
Causes of chronic pain
Chronic pain can have many different causes. Sometimes the cause is completely unknown, and this can make treatment difficult. But often chronic pain can be triggered by a serious injury.
Some of the most common causes of chronic pain may include:
- Car accidents
- Nerve damage
- Back injuries
- Amputation which can lead to ‘phantom pain’ in a leg or arm which is no longer there
- Spinal cord injury
- Head or brain injury
Whatever the cause, if you’ve suffered from chronic pain as a result of an accident which wasn’t your fault, then we can help you. Contact our friendly advisors today on 0800 376 0150 for a free, confidential chat and to find out whether you’re eligible to claim.
Conditions associated with chronic pain
Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a relatively common condition that causes pain all over the body. Fibromyalgia is often caused by an event which is physically or emotionally stressful, such as being seriously injured. It can also be caused by infection, giving birth, or emotionally traumatic events such as the death of a loved one.
As well as causing prolonged pain all over the body, fibromyalgia can cause other unpleasant symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and problems with memory and concentration.
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RDS)
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RDS) is also often referred to as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
It often develops after an injury and usually affects the arms and legs. Commonly caused by a crush injury, fracture , or amputation of the arm or leg, RDS is also caused by minor traumas such as sprained ankles and it often develops several months after the original injury.
Symptoms may include burning or throbbing pain, increased sensitivity, swelling and difficulty moving the affected body part. These symptoms can carry on for months and sometimes even years.
Myofascial pain is usually caused by a strain or an injury to a muscle, ligament or tendon. Symptoms may include muscle pain, muscle spasm and tenderness.
Why make a claim?
We understand that chronic pain can have a serious impact on your life. Aside from being physically uncomfortable, it can also be emotionally distressing and can cause feelings of isolation and depression.
We know that chronic pain can take away your independence and stop you from being able to get on with your everyday life including work, sporting activities, hobbies and socialising.
It may also lead to added financial pressure because of the time you’ve needed to take off work, or the therapy and medical treatment you may have had to pay for.
The compensation you could receive from making a claim with us may help you to get things back to how they were before your injury.
Compensation could provide you with the financial support you need to get specialised treatment or not have to worry about your bills each month. It can also cover damages such as the discomfort you’ve had to endure and the effect it’s had on your independence.
You can get in touch with us on 0800 376 0150 for free advice or to find out whether we think you have a claim.
How to make a chronic pain claim
The first step to making a chronic pain claim is to get in touch with our friendly, legally trained advisors on 0800 376 0150.
Our advisors will need to gather some details about your accident and injury, and the impact it has had on your life so that they can let you know if they think you have a claim. They’ll also use the details of the accident to find out which of our expert solicitors are right for your case.
We understand that you may feel uncomfortable talking about your accident, especially if it was particularly traumatic. You can rest assured that our advisors will put you at ease. They’ll only ask for information which is necessary for your case and won’t push you to answer any questions you don’t feel comfortable with.
We’ll be able to let you know straight away whether we think you have a claim. There’s never any obligation to continue, but if you decide you’d like to claim and you give us your permission, we’ll choose a solicitor to suit your particular case and put you in touch with them, usually on the same call.
Your solicitor will then give you a further free consultation during which they’ll talk about the claims process in more detail so that you know what to expect. They’ll then get in touch with the other party and negotiate on your behalf.
No win no fee
All of our solicitors can help you make your chronic pain claim on a no win no fee basis. Quite simply, this means that if, for some reason, your case is not successful, then you won’t be charged a penny.
We don’t believe that you deserve to put up with any more surprises, and our no win no fee promise takes the risk out of claiming so that you don’t have to worry about the claiming process.
In some rare cases, you may not be able to make a no win no fee claim. Although unlikely, if this applies to you, your solicitor will let you know beforehand and will talk you through the alternatives.
Please get in touch with our legally trained advisors today on 0800 376 0150, or fill in one of our forms to request a call back. There’s no obligation to claim and your details and call will be completely secure.