The definition of “chronic pain” is constant pain which lasts more than 12 weeks. If you are suffering with or have suffered from chronic pain as a result of negligence by one or more third parties you may be entitled to claim chronic pain compensation.
Diagnosing Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can occur quite literally anywhere from the top of your head to your little toe with an array of different symptoms. The most common types of chronic pain are best described as:
- Burning sensation;
- Acute soreness;
- Shooting pains;
- Aching sensation;
- Tightness of muscles.
When making a claim for chronic pain compensation, caused by the negligence of others, the courts will consider various issues including the impact on a person’s life.
Common Types Of Chronic Pain
In layman’s terms chronic pain is pain which lasts more than 12 weeks but from a medical standpoint there is an array of different categories. These include:
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome
While the human body handles significant pressures on a daily basis, there is a more delicate side to the nervous system which controls pain. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (also known as complex regional pain syndrome) is a result of relatively minor injuries triggering a reaction in the body’s nervous system. The types of injuries which can prompt this syndrome include:
- Soft tissue damage;
- Broken bones;
- Nerve damage;
It will probably surprise many people to learn that simple bruising of the body can on occasion impact the nervous system leading to chronic long-term pain.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition often associated with sudden movements, repetitive tasks and the lifting of heavy items. Unfortunately from a medical point of view, the symptoms of this condition can vary from person to person which often makes it difficult to diagnose accurately. Symptoms can include such variations as extreme sensitivity to touch, extreme stiffness to the extent it impacts mobility resulting in general pain literally all over the body.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
This particular condition targets individual muscles or muscle groups. Symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome tend to include muscle pain, tenderness and spasms which are very often the consequence of accidents or surgery in earlier life.
Chronic Pain Compensation
Some of the more common chronic pain compensation claims relate to issues such as back injuries and shoulder injuries. Wherever in the body the chronic pain is situated the degree of compensation will vary according to the severity of the pain and suffering which is taken into account in our compensation calculator that displays the most recent advised compensation settlement guidelines.
Making A Chronic Pain Claim
The first thing to remember is that when pursuing a chronic pain compensation claim negligence on behalf of one or more third parties which led to your injuries will need to be proven. As most chronic pain injuries tend to originate in the workplace we see many employers taken to court under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Whether failing to reduce the level of manual lifting, not recognising the need for regular rest breaks or simply not providing the appropriate equipment and clothing, there are many ways in which negligence has been proven in previous cases.
If you are suffering with chronic long-term pain this may not emerge until many years down the line when you may have left employment. However, the three year time limit to claim compensation does not begin until your condition has been diagnosed. Details of medical examinations and treatment, together with reasons for the chronic pain, would be central to any chronic pain claim for compensation. Any evidence showing inappropriate health and safety regulations, a lack of appropriate safety wear and equipment or simply inadequate training can all help. There may also be other colleagues willing to testify in your case to highlight shortfalls in the working environment.
Free Advice From Personal Injury Solicitors
As chronic pain compensation claims continue to grow in number, many personal injury solicitors provide an initial free consultation. This provides the opportunity for people affected by chronic pain to get expert advice on what compensation they may be able to claim for. If you discuss your chronic pain claim with a solicitor and they feel that you would likely be successful and advise making a claim you would likely be offered the No Win No Fee option.
Although some law firms and solicitors may operate differently, in our case No Win No Fee essentially means you pay nothing until your case is concluded. If your claim is unsuccessful you would pay nothing, however if the chronic pain claim is successful you would simply pay an agreed percentage of the compensation settlement, the maximum being set at 25%.