Can I Recover For Chronic Pain From A Car Accident Injury?

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Bones can mend and cuts can heal, but there are certain injuries that cause such extensive chronic pain they leave an imprint on the lives of those who suffer from them by causing monumental suffering. Car accidents are a large culprit behind this type of chronic pain.

What is Chronic Pain?

It is estimated that approximately 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain.1 According to medical experts chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months, but can range from mild to agonizing, occasional to continuous, or from inconvenient to incapacitating.2 Chronic pain symptoms include shooting, burning, aching, or electrical pain that is combined with feelings of discomfort, tightness, stiffness, soreness, or all over the body aching. Most injuries that are linked to chronic pain are due to injury, damage, or trauma to the nervous system. Chronic pain is often related to other associated problems such as withdrawal from normal activities, increased need for sleep or rest, weakened immune system, and mood changes with increased depression, stress, anger, and anxiety.

Pursuing a Lawsuit for Chronic Pain

Recovering from chronic pain syndrome often requires seeking compensation for the pain and suffering you continue to endure as a victim of a car accident. The problem with chronic pain is that though it is the most common reason for lost workdays, many medical professionals are unable to trace the pain to associated causes, treatments, or prove its very existence.3 Classifying chronic pain as a long-term permanent injury is the first step towards seeking compensation. Chronic pain compensation differs from other personal injury claims, because there is not direct costs taken from medical bills, lost wages, and out of pocket expenses, but there will be future undefined damages including the emotional toll.4 The key to successfully settling a lawsuit for chronic pain is to work with an attorney who can help identify the pain that is linked to the accident’s impact such as muscle or tissue damage, but that is not necessarily medically curable only manageable.

Contact an Experienced St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

If you have been injured in an auto accident that left you with lasting chronic pain, it is important to discuss the circumstances of your accident with an experienced auto accident attorney who can help you to determine what claims should be filed and protect your legal rights and interests. To contact an auto accident attorney for a free consultation please feel free to call the The Bruning Law Firm trial attorneys at 314-735-8100.

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References:

  1. http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/understanding-pain-management-chronic-pain#1
  2. Ibid.
  3. http://www.nytimes.com/1992/12/29/news/chronic-pain-fells-many-yet-lacks-clear-cause.html
  4. http://www.injuryclaimcoach.com/pain-and-suffering-compensation.html