What is chronic pain?
When feelings of pain and discomfort last for longer than 12 weeks, the condition is categorised as chronic pain. This contrasts with acute pain, which is the normal, temporary sensation to alert us that an injury has occurred.
Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating and can be continuous or episodic. While some sufferers of chronic pain are merely inconvenienced, others are completely incapacitated, left unable to work and earn a living.
Chronic pain compensation claims
We understand that chronic pain can cause distress and alter the injured person’s life. We also know that they are not the only ones who are affected, because friends and families often suffer too.
That’s why we provide professional advice and support in addition to premier legal advice.
Most chronic pain claims are initiated after a previous injury has been suffered, because of an accident which was not entirely the injured person’s fault. But despite the fact that these injuries heal, the feeling of pain persists.
Causes of chronic pain
Chronic pain can occur in adults or young people and can be different for anybody. Incidents which trigger chronic pain in some may not in others, though most instances do occur in the aftermath of an accident.
The predominant causes of chronic pain include:
- Workplace accidents
- Road traffic accidents
- Slips, trips and falls
- Holiday accidents
- Military accidents
There are also different kinds of chronic pain, including:
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Neuropathic pain
- Psychological pain – somatoform disorder, unexplained symptoms, depression, fear and avoidance
Complex regional pain syndrome (CPRS)
This little known condition causes the person to experience persistent debilitating pain. Most cases of CPRS are confined to a single limb. Skin on the affected part of the body becomes extremely sensitive to the extent that slight knocks, touches or even changes in temperature can cause extreme pain.
Neuropathic pain is caused by damaged nerve fibres which send incorrect signals to the brain. These signals may cause feelings of shooting or burning pain. They can also manifest as a feeling of numbness or a tingling sensation.
Psychological pain is an unpleasant feeling of a non-physical origin. Somatoform disorder is another mental illness which manifests as bodily symptoms such as pain. Symptoms cannot be traced to a physical injury, nor to an existing mental condition or substance problem. Nor are they simulated. This can cause a great deal of confusion, frustration and stress for the subject.
As a leading personal injury solicitors firm in the UK, we have experience in all of these areas and we understand that our advice and support in dealing with these conditions is just as important as our the legal advice we provide.
Talk to us today about the circumstances which may have led to your chronic pain and read on to find out more about misconceptions regarding the so-called “hidden disability” and also a number of pain management techniques and self-help tips.
- The British Pain Society – https://www.britishpainsociety.org/
- The Expert Patients Programme – http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/doctors/Pages/expert-patients-programme.aspx
- Bath Centre for Pain Services – http://www.bathcentreforpainservices.nhs.uk/