A Brief Look at Chronic Pain and Personal Injury Cases.

Personal Injury

Car accidents, or accidents of any kind, can result in life-changing injuries. Severe injuries can result in not only emotional trauma, but chronic pain as well.

Pivotal to your personal injury lawsuit or claim is proving your damages ——including pain.

What is Chronic Pain?

Acute pain, pain that follows an accident but lessens over time, is normal.

Chronic pain, on the other hand, is pain that persists for a long time. In some cases, the pain can last months or even years following an accident.

Generally speaking, pain that lasts more than 6 months is referred to as chronic pain or “Chronic Pain Syndrome” (CPS).

CPS is frequently related to injuries that car accident victims suffer. For example, CPS can arise because of:

  • Back injuries or sprains
  • Spinal cord injury or trauma
  • Head injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Herniated discs

There are, of course, other conditions that can contribute to or cause chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

People experiencing chronic pain following a car accident or other incident, may have trouble sleeping or managing to do everyday functions. They often struggle with anxiety and depression or experience extreme mood swings —all because of the pain.

Chronic pain can be difficult to prove in a personal injury case.

Although the medical profession recognizes that chronic pain is real, because pain (whether chronic or not) does not show up on things like x-rays, MRIs, or CT scans, it can be very difficult to prove.

Victims suffering from chronic pain, are often accused of “malingering” or “faking it.” The lack of diagnostic “proof” of pain gives insurance companies a basis on which to deny personal injury claims based on chronic pain.

That does not mean that you cannot win your personal injury case or that you will not be compensated for your pain. What it does mean is that your lawsuit or claim may be harder to prove and may take longer to favorably conclude. That is why, if you are experiencing chronic pain after an accident, you should consult with experienced personal injury lawyers.

Personal Injury Attorneys in Cumming, Georgia. 

The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark Weinstein, P.C., are here to help you. We serve clients in Atlanta, and in several counties throughout Georgia, including: Clayton County, Cobb County, Dekalb County, Douglas County, Fulton County, and Paulding County, among others.  To find out how we can help you, call us at: 770-888-7707. Or contact us here.

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