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Chronic pain conditions can be triggered by accidents and poor working conditions.  

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Chronic Pain Claims

Persistent pain that carries on for 3 months or more is classified as chronic pain.  It may vary in severity, it may come and go or it may be constant.

The symptoms can arise spontaneously or be triggered by an injury or traumatic event. When someone is injured in a work accident there can be complications that lead to chronic pain.  Pain signals can remain active in the nervous system for years after the original trauma occurred, even permanently.

Work Claims Bureau’s specialist team boast over 50 years’ collective experience and are well-versed in helping workers who have developed chronic pain conditions through someone else’s negligence.

Specific conditions associated with chronic pain include fibromyalgia, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Myofascial Pain Syndrome.

Fibromyalgia

This is a long-term condition causing pain all over the body. As well as this, sufferers may experience muscle stiffness, a lower pain threshold, headaches and difficulty in concentrating.  

There is still some conjecture among medical professionals about the precise cause of fibromyalgia, though it’s widely thought to be related to a chemical imbalance in the brain which affects how the central nervous system processes pain signals carried around the body.  In many cases, the condition appears to be triggered by physical or emotional trauma, including accidents and injuries.

Though there is currently no cure for the condition, the symptoms can be helped through treatments such as medication, counselling and lifestyle changes.

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) – also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).  

This condition is characterised by intense burning pain in the affected area, which can make even touching it intolerable. It can cause changes in skin colour, temperature and unexplained swelling. It is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the nervous systems in the body. It can be triggered by all kinds of injuries, such as sprains, fractures, burns and other traumas or the source may not be known.

It can begin at any age, but is most common in those aged around 50.  It can sometimes be difficult to diagnose the condition because several tests have to be carried out to rule out other causes.

Sufferers can get help to manage the symptoms through counselling, physical rehabilitation, pain relief and lifestyle changes.

Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS)

MPS is a syndrome characterized by chronic pain in multiple trigger points or ‘knots’ that form in muscles of the body.  The pain can be localised or experienced in several anatomical areas.

The causes of this condition are still not fully understood or documented.  Exercise, massage, physiotherapy and counselling can help manage the symptoms. It is thought that in some circumstances, poor posture or emotional trauma may contribute to the syndrome.

How we can help

The impact of a chronic pain condition on any person’s life can vary greatly. Some people may be able to manage the symptoms with little impact on their work or home life.  For others, the condition can lead to a complete loss of independence.

The medical evidence is very important in chronic pain work claims. We will instruct a medical expert to put together a report examining how an accident at work, or your working practices generally, contributed to development of the condition.  When assessing your claim, we will also take into account any other psychological problems you’ve encountered arising from the accident and injury.

It can sometimes take several months or sometimes years after an accident for the symptoms of these types of condition to manifest.  The gap between the original injury and the onset of chronic pain means that some people don’t claim the compensation they are entitled to.  We keep in touch with our clients throughout the claims process to ensure that all their injuries are included in their claim and that they are recovering in line with expected diagnoses.

If you’ve been injured in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, or if you’ve developed a chronic pain condition through your working practices, you could be entitled to compensation for your ongoing pain and suffering as well as any other related losses you incur.

Typical awards for chronic pain

Cases involving chronic pain can be complex; the amount of compensation can vary greatly dependent on multiple factors.  Typically, the award for the condition alone (before taking into account any other expenses or losses) will range between £18,000 and £74,000.

If you have been affected, speak to our specialist team today by calling 0808 256 5184 or get in touch online.