If you’re suffering from chronic pain syndrome as a result of an accident, our team of personal injury experts can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us free on 0808 164 0808 or request a call back, and we will call you.
What is chronic pain syndrome?
Chronic pain syndrome (CPS) is debilitating, and affects sufferers both mentally and physically. It is usually described as pain that has been constant for 12 weeks or more, and can be the result of several different conditions. The most common cause of chronic pain syndrome is trauma from injury. In our experience, chronic pain compensation claims generally arise as a result of a road traffic accident or workplace injury.
Common chronic pain conditions include:
Specialist advice regarding chronic pain syndrome
Chronic pain syndrome compensation claims can be very difficult to present, but our personal injury lawyers will work closely with rheumatologists, occupational therapists, nurses and pain management experts to help you get the help and compensation you deserve.
When assessing the impact of chronic pain upon a victim’s life for a compensation claim, we will consider:
- the degree of pain experienced
- the overall impact and fluctuations of the symptoms on mobility, ability to function and the need for care and assistance. Symptoms can include fatigue, cognitive function impairments, muscle weakness, headaches etc
- the impact upon the client’s ability to work
- medication requirements
- whether the condition is limited to one part of the body or if it is widespread
- the presence of any separately identifiable psychiatric disorder and the impact that this disorder can have upon the perception of the pain
- the age of the client
- the medical expert’s prognosis
It is well understood that those suffering with chronic pain can experience psychological symptoms and psychiatric disorders, since living with long-term pain can be very distressing and result in depression and anxiety.
I already have a chronic pain syndrome solicitor, but they are not listening to me. Can I change?
Sometimes with particularly complex chronic pain syndrome claims you may feel as though your solicitor does not understand you, or is not listening to how affected you are as a result of the accident. This may be because they do not have the specialist knowledge to deal with your claim. Chronic pain cases require a specialist solicitor to act on your behalf.
You have the freedom to choose who handles your claim. You can change solicitors at any time during your personal injury claim, and you do not need to give your solicitor a reason for wanting to change.
If you wish to change solicitor we would recommend you do so quickly. If you’d like us to handle your claim, we will write to your solicitors and request your file, confirming that we will preserve their entitlement to legal costs so there is no charge to you.
Please contact our specialist team on 0808 164 0808 if you are unhappy with your solicitor.
How much compensation can I expect to be awarded?
This is a common question and unfortunately we cannot give an exact amount. Each and every chronic pain syndrome compensation claim is different, given the varying factors we need to take into account.
Our team of solicitors work to make sure that if you should ask us to handle your claim, we will provide full financial transparency throughout your case.
Claim compensation for chronic pain syndrome
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident that was not your fault, and have been diagnosed with chronic pain syndrome as a result, please get in touch with our team as soon as possible. We understand the difficulties faced by victims of chronic pain syndrome and will do our upmost to ensure clear, thorough communication during each case and transparency.
Disclaimer: Generally, you have three years from the date of injury or reasonable knowledge of injury to make a claim for compensation. There are however some exceptions to this rule. For instance where the matter involves a child, in which case the child has three years from the date of their 18th birthday to bring a claim, therefore expiring on the individual’s 21st birthday.
It is important to speak to a legal team as early as possible to avoid any issues with limitation dates