Claiming Compensation for Chronic Pain Syndrome

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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Tuesday 18 September 2018

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Chronic Pain

As humans we all suffer pain from time-to-time – it is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. Headaches, toothache, backache – these are part of the natural course of life during times where we’ve maybe drunk too little water, been a little heavy on the ice cream or not taken care when lifting. Moments of information fired through the nervous system to the brain to give us notice that we need to change something.

It’s doesn't go away

For the sufferers of chronic pain disorders, it doesn’t go away. Headaches which thump every hour of every day, or a twinge in the back of the leg that persists daily, making the very act of getting up a difficult strain.

There’s no one diagnosis for chronic pain It may be that you are suffering from chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) that was first part of an injury sustained in accident but now continues despite all expectations to the contrary, or an ongoing fibromyalgia which comes with constant aching in the upper arm. The causes may be known or unknown, but the level of discomfort that they place on your life is all-too understood.

Though it does not prevent the ongoing difficulties that come with any chronic pain disorder, being able to claim compensation for the affect the pain has, and continues to have, on your life helps provide some level of deserved relief.

Living with Chronic Pain Syndrome

Living with chronic pain adds a layer of unwanted distress to anyone, no matter how strong their personality. It is debilitating and often entirely incapacitating and can lead to periods where even getting out of bed is a struggle.

It is also frequently the situation that the pain comes and goes, meaning there are good days and bad days, leading to gambling with life – do you push yourself on a good day to do the things you have been wanting to do, knowing somewhere in the back of your mind that it may make the following day twice as bad?

Do you have an understanding family who help as much as they can, or do they struggle with the inconsistency of it, assuming you are ‘all better’ just because you had a single pain-free day before it came back like a tidal wave?

Do you pull yourself up and ‘get on with it’ because you don’t want to live the rest of your life as if disabled?

Having a pain disorder can lead to further problems – fatigue, depression, emotional distress.

Defining Chronic Pain

Normal pain is part of the body’s natural defences, alerting us to a problem so that we can fix it.

Chronic pain is different, often persisting once the initial trigger has long since passed.

As there is no single medical distinction as to chronic pain, it is difficult for doctors to diagnose, and different professionals will come to different conclusions and treatments.

Generally, pain is considered chronic if it hasn’t ceased after 12 weeks – going beyond a reasonable amount of time for healing.

One of the problems with getting successful treatment for any sort of chronic pain, is the difficulty in pinning down a cause for the issue, and the tendency with some people to want to write it off as a psychological issue, suggesting it is ‘all in the mind’.

Thankfully, medical professionals today have a much greater level of understanding for chronic and complex regional pain and it is far more likely to be taken seriously than in the past.

Treatment and Management for Chronic Pain Disorders

It is part of the problem with chronic pain disorders that they are not easily treated and ‘cured’. Usually, living successfully with chronic pain is down to a regime of management and regular treatment, rather than a one-off fix.

Doctors often have little recourse other than to proscribe painkillers in every-increasing dosages and levels of potency. They may make relevant referrals to other departments, such as physiotherapy.

Understanding painkillers

Painkillers (or properly, Analgesia) only mask the pain and do little to improve the issue. While basic paracetamol and ibuprofen are commonly used, as painkillers increase in strength they can also come with side effects including nausea and drowsiness. Without proper management, painkillers can also become addictive or cause other problems in the body.

It is important to always follow medial advice when using pain medication.

Alternative therapy

Alternative therapies, such as osteopathy or acupuncture, are also available - although not covered by the NHS. If you want to try alternative therapies, many of which have been incredibly successful with chronic pain, then you will need to pay for it yourself.

Claiming for Chronic Pain Syndrome and Complex Regional Pain

At Accident Line Direct, we are here to help you claim compensation for your chronic pain when the cause of the pain can be identified and tied to a situation that was not your fault. Having financial compensation for the disruption and difficulty your symptoms place on your life is fair and will help you maintain a more reasonable standard of living rather than continuing to suffer without aid.

It can also, importantly, help pay for treatments and alternative therapies which could help manage your condition.

Chronic pain compensation amounts can include:

  • Covering your losses from time taken away from work

  • Paying for equipment needed due to your injury

  • Paying for treatment related to your condition

  • Compensating for costs incurred from your condition

The following chart indicates the amount you may expect from a chronic pain disorder compensation claim:

Severity Compensation
Severe pain disorders generally£33,590 to £50,210
Severe complex regional pain syndrome£41,860 to £66,970
Moderate pain disorders generally£16,800 to £30,690
Moderate complex regional pain syndrome£22,340 to £41,860

Accident Line Direct are specialists in compensation claims and can help you if you have any of the following conditions, among others:

  • Chronic pain syndrome

  • Chronic lower back pain

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME)

  • Chronic anxiety

  • Sciatica

The Process of Claiming for Chronic Pain

It is important that you have sought medical help if you want to claim compensation for chronic pain. Medical records should exist which show how your pain has been persistent and difficult to treat for weeks. To improve your chances of a payout for chronic pain, you will need to show a history of doing your best to manage the condition.

We advise that you always keep your own records of any medical treatment and advise, as well as maintaining a diary of the chronic pain and its affects on your daily life. Try to keep any associated receipts for costs (including travel expenses), plus relevant invoices for medical care as all paperwork will help your solicitor build an accurate case.

Contact us at Accident Line Direct for further advice or if you wish to process your claim. We believe that compensation should be available to all and do not discriminate – thus we work on a No Win No Fee basis, which insures that you can put your claim forward without needing to invest any of your money on a solicitor or other legal fees.

We will assign you a top-class solicitor with the relevant experience necessary to see your claim through to completion. All our staff are compassionate and professional and will deal with your claim with the appropriate level of care – we maintain a level of training to always be up-to-date with claims processes and any changes in the law.

If you, or anyone you know, is suffering from chronic pain disorder or an associated condition, call Accident Line Direct today.

0808 1454275

Accident Line Direct can help you begin your potential claim, get in touch today!