The Impact of Chronic Pain Disorder and How You Can Claim
The effects of Chronic Pain Disorder (CPD) vary from minor restrictions, to a complete loss of independence. The hardest thing about CPD is that it is often difficult to diagnose, as it develops as a result of pain from a previous injury not being treated at the cause. Chronic pain can be summarised by a persistent pain that has been there for 6 months and onwards. Shockingly, epidemiologists have found that 10% – 55% of the population suffers from chronic pain. This means that even at the lower end of the scale, 1 in 10 people suffer from this potentially debilitating condition.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is a very complex ailment, which is poorly understood, despite decades of research. Chronic pain is often caused by an injury and, even after healing, the pain persists.
Injuries to the joints can lead to chronic pain, such as a serious knee injury. The joints themselves house a lot of nerves and ligaments and they are often under stress. Knee injuries can lead to chronic pain in the area, as well as severe cramps.
Arthritis is commonly associated with chronic pain, with arthritis itself often caused by infections and serious injuries. Physically demanding work, serious injury, infection, as well as genetics, can lead to arthritis, which in-turn can lead to chronic pain.
Fibromyalgia is a condition of which chronic pain is a symptom. Although causes of fibromyalgia are not totally understood, it is believed that genetics and lifestyle choices are contributing factor. Stress, obesity, depression and sometimes physical abuse as a child or adult can be a cause.
Head injuries can lead to chronic pain depending on the area that was affected and the force of the blow. The chronic pain commonly associated with head injuries include headaches and migraines. Severe head injuries can have a catastrophic effect and cause immense pain.
Shingles is a terrible disease which can often cause painful skin rashes and blistering of skin, vision loss (depending on the location) and sometimes nerve pain. Shingles occurs when the varicella-zoster virus, more commonly known as chickenpox, is reactivated in the body. If you have already suffered from chicken pox in the past, you can’t catch shingles from someone who is currently infected. However, you can catch shingles if you have not previously had chicken pox.
Catching shingles can also occur for people with low immunity, stress, old age or if they have recently had a transplant. Unfortunately, hospitals and medical practices offer a higher risk than most other places of contracting shingles.
Nerve damage is one of the most common causes for chronic pain. Nerves can be damaged in a number of ways, including through sports injury and medical negligence. Nerves are slow and complex parts of the body when it comes to healing and, depending on the extent of the nerve damage, the pain could last a very long time. Nerves are what sends the body “pain signals” and, as such, can cause extreme pain if damaged.
Impact of Chronic Pain Disorder
Chronic pain has a major impact on your life. Sadly, sufferers of CPD carry a higher risk of suffering from depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances and neuroticism. Chronic pain has also been shown to decrease a sufferer’s lifespan by around 10 years. Those with severe chronic pain can have their lives turned upside down – some may even be unable to work.
How Can Scott Rees & Co Help?
If you’ve suffered or are suffering from chronic pain disorder and it was because of an injury or accident that wasn’t your fault, then you could claim for compensation. Compensation for CPD can go a long way towards helping to deal with your condition and improve your quality of life astronomically.
How do we do this? First of all, we are experts in personal injury, medical negligence and serious injury, with a vast wealth of knowledge when it comes to medical issues, pharmaceutical aid, physical therapy and counselling, all of which can help greatly to improve the quality of your life.
We will also ensure that you are fully compensated for the obvious pain and suffering caused by the disorder and recover any financial losses accrued as a result of the condition.
CPDs are often ignored or even dismissed by employers, which can in turn lead to the conditioning worsening, caused by the lack of awareness to treat it. The usual circumstances where chronic pain disorders can occur include workplace accidents, road traffic accidents, a slip, trip or fall, whiplash or any type of accident abroad, where you may have been treated less importantly than you would have if you had been at home.
We understand that CPD can be a ‘silent condition’, with many people not understanding the suffering you are going through or maybe not even believing that you are suffering at all. CPD can change your life completely and we are here to help you get your life back on track.
Making a Chronic Pain Disorder Claim
If in any of these instances you were not at fault, then you could be entitled to claim for compensation to help you deal with your CPD in the future, whatever the severity of the injury.
Our Catastrophic injury department have experience dealing with chronic pain disorders, as they are very common in the UK. That is why we understand how important compensation can be, as it will assist you with covering any medical bills, adaptations to the way you live, as well as loss of earnings.
Making a claim couldn’t be easier with Scott Rees & Co, with our experience and understanding staff only being a phone call away. Why not give us a call today and let us listen to your story and explain how we can help. Alternatively, you can request a call back and one of our claim advisers will get in touch with you.
Don’t suffer in silence. Let us help you make your life better.