Chronic Pain Disorder Claim *
Chronic pain disorder is a condition whereby a person feels pain that lingers on for a long period of time after an accident but after a physical injury has healed – often described as pain that lasts longer than three months. The lingering pain may be caused by nerve injury following an accident, or it may be attributable to other conditions such as diabetes or osteoarthritis. The pain a person feels following an accident or medical treatment is normal but when the pain persists it can affect the quality of life of the person. At times the pain may be persistent but can fluctuate on a daily basis. Some secondary symptoms related to chronic pain disorder are nausea and/or drowsiness.
Types of Chronic Pain Disorder *
There are different types of pain associated with this condition and symptoms and severity will vary for each individual.
- Neuropathic Pain: The main cause of this is damage to the nervous system of the body. This pain is usually continuous and ongoing over an extended period of time. In this case a person may not feel any pain in the trigger area, for example, pressure on the nerves in the back may present pain and discomfort in other areas of the body.
- Nociceptive Pain: This is an aching pain which commonly becomes worse with movement. This is the term used to describe tissue pain. This pain is not constant and commonly fluctuates over time.
- Visceral Pain: This pain is caused by the activation of nociceptors of the viscera (organs). This pain is generally widespread and affects a number of different areas of the body.
- Mixed Pain: This is a combination of both neuropathic and nociceptive pain. It is generally associated with a number of different symptoms from each type of pain.
If you have developed chronic pain as a result of negligence of another party then you may be entitled to make a claim. It would be advised to speak with a solicitor to discuss your options. When making a claim you must determine who was liable for your injuries before proceeding with a claim.
Causes of Chronic Pain Disorder *
An injury is the most common cause of chronic pain disorder. A road traffic accident, workplace accident or public place accident may this condition. Following an accident, and after the physical damage and injury has healed, the person may still feel pain that could linger on for a long period of time with no obvious reason why. Some of the causes of chronic pain disorder following an accident caused by another person’s negligence have been:
- Workplace accident
- Road Traffic accident
- Accident in a public place
- Medical negligence
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Muscle Strain and sprains
- Trip, Slip and Fall accidents
Medical Conditions following an accident
There are a number of different conditions that may develop following an accident that can also be a cause for chronic consistent pain. Please note that, in cases where a person had been diagnosed with these conditions before their accident and personal injury occurred, it may not be taken into consideration when making a claim. Some of these conditions are:
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
This pain disorder is generally caused by a malfunction in the nervous system. This usually develops after a personal injury which has failed to heal properly. These injuries include broken bones, soft tissue injuries and slips and falls. Common symptoms include excessive sweating, a high level of pain and unexplained swelling of the injured area. This is one of the most common conditions associated with chronic pain and usually develops a number of months after the original injury.
This can develop as a result of an injury or accident but can also develop spontaneously. If the conditions develops after an accident is commonly referred to as post-traumatic fibromyalgia. It is usually brought on by an accident which has caused sudden movement or by a manual handling injury *. Fibromyalgia can also be brought on after a repetitive strain injury due to overuse of tendons. Common symptoms are widespread pain and stiffness of the body. These symptoms often vary for each case.
The body’s soft tissue is commonly affected by this pain. This pain is associated with surgery and accidents which have caused injury to ligaments and tendons. Symptoms include pain and tenderness in the muscles and spasms.
This disorder often leaves the injured person with physical symptoms and pain but no obvious cause for this. These symptoms can last for an extended period of time and often leave the injured person unable to carry out everyday tasks during this time.
Side effects of Chronic Pain Disorder *
Chronic pain disorder has a knock on effect on a person’s quality of life and there are a number of side effect that may present themselves following an accident and injury. Some of these side effects are:
Constant pain and discomfort may effect a person’s ability to sleep . On top of this they may find it hard to settle at night and when they do may wake multiple times during the night because of the pain. In extreme cases, a sleep disorder may develop which can have a serious effect on the persons day to day life.
Managing the effects of chronic pain disorder can have a psychological effect on a person and has been known to lead to anxiety or depression. This may be caused by simple frustration over an extended period of time when a person cannot continue to take part in their favourite hobby, go to the gym or do simple things like take the dog for a walk. In these cases, psychological injury claims * are handled from a different perspective and may add to the level of damage caused by the accident they were involved in.
Cost of chronic pain
The cost of managing chronic pain can amount to a considerable amount of money. Following an accident it is important that you keep all medical expense receipts, which would include pain management medicines prescribed to you as result of your injury. Submitting these receipts to your solicitor when pursing your claim is important.
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