Can I Get Compensated for Chronic Pain After a Car Crash?
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on July 23, 2021 in Car Accidents
Chronic pain after a car crash may result in whether or not an accident victim sustained any other visible injuries. The degree of pain for some may be relatively minor and eventually disappear, but for others, the pain can be debilitating and long-term.
PKSD talks about chronic pain, including what it is, how a car crash may result in a chronic pain syndrome and what type of evidence is needed to support a claim for compensation.
If you developed chronic pain after a collision caused by another’s negligence, our knowledgeable car crash attorneys in Milwaukee are ready to help. We are committed to helping the injured throughout Wisconsin, and we have a long and proven track record.
Contact our law firm to learn if you may be eligible to recover compensation for your chronic pain syndrome and other injuries in a zero-cost, no-obligation consultation with one of our qualified attorneys.
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How is Chronic Pain Defined?
Pain is common after an accident or injury. However, sometimes an accident victim’s pain may not lessen or go away, even after the original injury has healed. For some injured victims, the pain is debilitating and prevents them from working or enjoying a normal life. When this pain continues for six months or more, a patient may be diagnosed with chronic pain syndrome (CPS). While some medical professionals believe this may be caused by inflamed or dysfunctional nerves, it is a complex syndrome that is not yet fully understood.
Additional Chronic Pain Conditions
In addition to CPS, there are other debilitating chronic pain conditions that may develop after a serious motor vehicle accident, including:
- Fibromyalgia: A widespread chronic pain syndrome that can cause muscle pain, stiffness, cognitive difficulties, anxiety, depression and chronic fatigue.
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): This type of chronic pain syndrome can be severely debilitating and often results from an accident involving a nerve injury. Injured victims who suffer from CRPS often complain of burning or shooting pains, muscle weakness and spasms, and skin discoloration.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): In addition to chronic pain, some accident victims may also suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. CFS is not just being tired. It is a debilitating degree of fatigue that is also accompanied by severe joint and muscle pain.
Evidence That Supports Your Claim
As with any type of injury claim for compensation, you or your attorney have the burden of proof. However, without evidence to support your claim, it will be much harder to recover any compensation. Accident victims with legal representation often recover significantly more compensation than those who attempt to handle their own claim.
Additionally, the following evidence may strengthen your legal claim and show how your chronic pain is impacting your daily life:
- Medical records: If you were examined by a medical professional immediately after the accident and continued treatment with your doctor, there is likely evidence of your chronic pain in your medical records. Ongoing documentation would likely include discussions about your level of pain, how it has continued to impact your life and recommended treatment options.
- Daily injury journal: Keeping a journal that describes your daily pain level and how it is affecting you in your everyday life can add also credibility to your claim, especially when you can describe experiences that happened on specific dates.
- Testimony from medical experts: Having an objective medical specialist testify in medical terms about CPS and how it affects those who suffer from it can also help to add credibility and support to your claim.
Pain Management Treatments That May Help
CPS may go away on its own or even lessen to a more manageable degree. Although there is no medical cure, there are plenty of treatments that can help you manage the pain successfully so you can get back to living your life.
Treatments that may help CPS patients include:
- Acupuncture treatments
- Meditation and breathing exercises
- Medications to help with both the pain and accompanying anxiety, depression or stress
- Physical therapy
- Relaxation techniques
- Nerve blocks
- Occupational therapy
Suffering From Chronic Pain Due to a Car Crash? PKSD May Be Able to Help
If you suffered an injury that left you with chronic pain, PKSD is ready to fight for the maximum amount of compensation possible to help you with your ongoing recovery costs.
Our team of legal professionals has extensive experience and is deeply committed to helping accident victims injured by the reckless or negligent actions of another driver.
Call our law firm anytime, day or night to get started. You can learn about your potential compensation options and get answers to your legal claims in the free, confidential, no-obligation meeting. We are here to help.
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