Chronic pain may be a term that you heard in the past, but until it is affects your life directly, you can’t fully understand how life-altering that phrase is.
In many cases, it is one event, such as a car accident, that turns a person’s world upside down by introducing them to what it means to have chronic pain.
As Web MD explains, chronic pain can vary greatly, from being mild to excruciating, or episodic to continuous, but in almost all cases it is extremely disruptive and takes a major toll on a person’s life.
In addition to being defined as pain lasting six months or longer, chronic pain has other problems associated with it, including:
- Weakened immune system
- Mood changes such as depression and/or anxiety
What can make chronic pain most frustrating is that it can be very difficult to treat, and this often frustrates both sufferers and their physicians, and leads to expensive medical bills.
It is estimated that close to 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and for many of these individuals, the pain started because of an injury or injuries that were sustained in a car accident.
In fact, a study from 2011 showed that people are more likely to develop chronic pain from car accident injuries than any other type of physically traumatic event.
If you were injured in a car accident and suffer from chronic pain as a result, you may be entitled to damages and it’s important to work with an attorney who understands what you are going through and is willing to fight for compensation on your behalf.
Call our law firm today for a free consultation so we can first listen to you, and then offer our guidance.