If you suffer from chronic pain because of an accident that wasn’t your fault, our Serious Injury Solicitors can help you claim compensation and access rehabilitation support. It can be very debilitating and life-altering so getting the help you need is vital to dealing with the condition.
We’ll work with specialist medical experts and appoint a Case Manager to arrange the care and support you need, so you can focus on your recovery while we get on with handling your claim.
Our expert Serious Injury Solicitors offer a free claims assessment with legal advice, so get in touch with us so we can discuss your situation and how we can help you. We could deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis – ask us for details.
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Why Choose Simpson Millar?
- Our Serious Injury Solicitors are some of the leading specialists in their field of Chronic Pain, and our team also includes some hugely talented Solicitors.
- We are appointed panel Solicitors of the leading CRPS charity Burning Nights
- We’re passionate about helping people with chronic pain get a sense of justice following their injury, and access to the support they need as quickly as possible.
- We work with world-class medical specialists, who can recommend exactly what type of care, support and rehabilitation you need.
- We can also connect you with an expert Case Manager. They’ll act as a single point of contact for all your medical appointments, treatments and pain managements.
- We offer a highly personalised service, putting your needs, wishes and circumstances first. For example, we can visit you at home or in hospital (in England and Wales) or speak to you remotely, depending on what’s best for you.
- We want to take the stress out of making a claim, as we know you’re going through a tough time. So we’ll be open and accessible, answering your questions in straightforward terms and making sure you’re kept in the loop every step of the way.
Can I Claim Chronic Pain Compensation?
People injured in accidents can suffer from many different types of chronic pain. Pain has many different causes, but pain caused by an accident can come on after musculoskeletal injuries, nerve damage and as a psychological reaction. Some of the types of chronic pain which can be suffered as a result of an accident include chronic back or lower back pain, chronic pain in the neck or shoulder, chronic pain in the arm, hand and fingers, chronic stomach pain, chronic pain in the pelvis, hip, knee or ankle, and chronic pain in the chest. Injuries can often lead to chronic and persisting headaches including cluster headaches and migraines. For some people the pain can be widespread and affect many different parts of the body at the same time. If you believe you’re suffering from chronic pain because of an accident and want legal advice, get in touch with our Serious Injury Solicitors for a free claims assessment.
Chronic pain is pain which persists and is ongoing after 3 months.
There are different types of pain you can experience as a result of an injury including :-
- Nerve Pain – for example sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, neuralgia
- Joint Pain – for example arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis
There are some recognised pain conditions and fatigue conditions which are classified as Chronic Pain when considering chronic pain compensation which can themselves be caused or made worse by an injury including:-
We can help you access early screening so you get a diagnosis. We find that in many cases, people often struggle to be believed about how much pain they’re experiencing and find it hard to get a diagnosis. So this early screening can make a huge difference to you.
Early Intervention is crucial
Our Serious Injury Solicitors believe early intervention is crucial in many cases, as most conditions benefit from a speedy diagnosis and an early pain management plan. Often, the quickest way to access the best possible treatment is to seek a private healthcare provider, but that might be too expensive to some.
There are many different types and causes of pain which is why it is important you instruct a specialist solicitor who will know the correct types of medical experts to refer you to for a diagnosis.
That’s why getting the right legal advice is so important. Long-term chronic pain is debilitating and can affect every aspect of your life, so it’s vital that it’s properly treated and managed.
Any compensation settlement will reflect your unique circumstances, such as:
- Your age
- How your symptoms have affected your life, such as whether or not you’re able to work
- How much pain you’re experiencing
- How much care and assistance you need
- If you are taking medication to control the pain and the effects of the pain medications on your day to day living
- Your medical prognosis for the long-term
- If your pain is just located to one body part or if it is widespread pain
- The psychological impact of your injury
- Any financial losses incurred because of your injury, such as loss of income
What Rehabilitation and Support Can I Get?
We recognise that long-term chronic pain probably can’t be managed by a single healthcare professional with one pain management programme. Instead, it’s far more common for pain management to involve an entire health team comprised of GPs, hospital consultants, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, counsellors, and occupational therapists.
So if you’re referred to private practices, claiming compensation against the party that caused your chronic pain can ensure you’re not left footing a hefty bill.
Physical exercise can be an effective way of handling chronic pain. So we help our clients to access the best treatment as part of their pain management plan.
Some of the physical therapies that your health team may recommend include:
- Occupational therapy
- Joint Protection
- Pain relief exercise
Any physical therapy is usually delivered by an osteopath, chiropractor, physiotherapist or occupational therapist skilled in chronic pain conditions. And you may be given exercises to do at home that can be incorporated into your daily routine.
A pain management programme usually involves a series of sessions, all aimed at teaching you how to live with your pain.
Rather than treating pain directly, these management programmes aim to teach you techniques to help you cope with the pain. This could help you enjoy better sleep and improved mobility, which adds to a better quality of life.
We can help you devise a wider approach to take, to help you live a better and happier life.
Mindfulness and psychological therapy treatments can also be a key part of your recovery. Some of the treatments your health team may recommend include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Treatment (CBT)
- Couple and Family Therapy
- Mindfulness and Wellbeing Techniques
- Sensory Treatment
- Music Therapy
What is the Claims Process?
Free Initial Assessment
Our Serious Injury Solicitors offer a free initial claims assessment, so you can speak to us about what happened to you without any obligation. We’ll discuss the details of your injury, how it happened, how it’s affected your life and if we believe you have a good chance of successfully claiming compensation.
If we take on your case, the Solicitor assigned to you will start investigating what happened and gathering useful evidence. This will include arranging an independent medical assessment for you, so an expert can prepare a medical report outlining your condition and the effect it’s had on you.
Keeping You Updated
As our investigation continues, we’ll make sure you understand exactly what’s happening, keeping you updated at every stage.
We’ll get in touch with the party you hold responsible asking them to accept liability (fault). If they do accept responsibility and you have urgent financial or medical needs, we can ask for an early interim payment of compensation, so you can get the help you need before the case fully settles.
Assessing Your Compensation
Our investigation will help us work out how much compensation you should claim, reflecting the pain you’ve gone through, your financial losses and future care needs. We’ll put this proposed amount to the other side and negotiate a final settlement with them.
The Compensation is Paid to You
As soon as a settlement has been agreed, we’ll make sure the compensation is paid to you without delay.
How much Compensation Could I get for Chronic Pain?
Every case is different and often there are many different injuries suffered as a result of an accident but if the pain is the main feature of your symptoms, the injury aspect of the compensation could be valued as chronic pain.
To help value your case, solicitors use a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (The JC Guidelines). This has its own category of Chronic Pain.
For diagnosed pain conditions they are valued by the Guidelines (the latest 16th edition), according to whether they are severe or moderate.
For a severe pain disorders which is described where people have significant symptoms despite ongoing treatment and where symptoms are likely to continue the suggested bracket of damages if £42,130 to £62,990. This includes Fibromyalgia where there are serious ongoing symptoms.
For moderate pain disorders which is described as symptoms where you have fully recovered or are nearly recovered after several years of symptoms through to where you have ongoing symptoms but it doesn't have a major effect on your day to day life, it also includes the situation where a person already has a pre-existing pain condition or was vulnerable to developing one but it has been triggered or made worse by the accident. The suggested bracket of damages is £21,070 to £38,490
If you are diagnosed with CRPS then this has its own specific bracket of suggested damages ranging from £28,030 to £84,010 depending on the severity of your symptoms.
Please remember though that this is a rough guide only and our expert chronic pain solicitors will advise you on the likely award for your injury based on the circumstances of your case. Also this is a rough guide only for the injury aspect of your claim. By far the largest aspect of many chronic pain compensation claims is the financial loss both past and future financial loss for financial losses you have incurred such as loss of earnings and the cost of treatment and for the future costs you are likely to incur.
No Win, No Fee
We could deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis, so it won’t cost you anything if your claim doesn’t succeed. We will give you details about this when you contact us.
Simpson Millar is a proud sponsor of Burning Nights CRPS, a charity working to improve life for those affected by Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). We will be helping to raise awareness of CRPS and offering legal support for claims which are often long and complex to patients as well as loved ones, carers, friends and families. We specialise in personal injury, clinical negligence and legal cases where injuries have been caused the onset of CRPS.
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