Difficulty Moving Due to Pain
Chronic pain is an unfortunate consequence of being injured. While many accidents leave victims with short term acute pain, many other victims suffer the long term effects of chronic pain, which is any pain that lasts for 12 weeks or longer. This throbbing, aching, stabbing, or burning pain can leave accident victims impaired and unable to work, play, drive, or even get up out of bed by themselves. If you are the victim of a traffic collision, work incident, slip and fall, medical malpractice, or other types of unintentional injury caused by a negligent party, you deserve to be compensated fairly for your severe, chronic pain and disability.
Our Skilled Barrie Lawyers Offer Comprehensive Legal Services for Injured Victims
Here at the Barrie law offices of Preszler Injury Lawyers, our lawyers assist clients with filing personal injury claims and lawsuits against negligent parties. Our skilled lawyers can help you obtain the treatment you need and the access whatever financial resources available to help continue paying your mortgage, food and transportation, debts, and other bills and expenses while you are unable to work. The way that the body deals with pain is not fully understood, and the pain and disability that you are experiencing may never fully leave you. As such, it is important that your legal team fully assess your current and predicted future condition, and then maximize your compensation to accurately represent your future needs. We handle everything from compiling medical evidence and talking to witnesses, to filing personal injury claims, negotiating with insurers, and pursuing the matter in court when necessary. Another party may have caused your painful condition, but that does not mean that they have to cause your financial ruin on top of it.
Chronic Pain in Ontario
One out of five Canadians lives with chronic pain, according to the Government of Canada. Chronic pain can impact the victim’s physical and mental well-being, in addition to reducing their income and keeping them from being able to play with their children and participate in caring for their family.
Arthritis Is a Major Cause of Chronic Pain
One out of six Canadians suffers from arthritis, according to Joint Health. Arthritis is caused by many varying factors, including injury. In some cases, a serious injury can cause pre-existing arthritis to worsen, leaving the victim with serious, debilitating pain in a joint where once only light discomfort was felt. There are two main types of arthritis, as defined below:
- Osteoarthritis—The deterioration of cartilage within joints, called osteoarthritis, causes chronic pain in millions of Canadians. As the joints continue to lose cartilage and the bones rub more and more against one another, the joint stiffens and loses function. Bone spurs may form, increasing immobility and pain. Osteoarthritis can be caused by injury, old age, and overuse from wear and tear.
- Inflammatory Arthritis—Inflammatory arthritis is a broad term that describes all autoimmune forms of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, the most common type of autoimmune arthritis. While inflammatory arthritis is classified as a genetic form of the disease, studies have shown that trauma can actually initiate rheumatoid arthritis. People who suffer from either type of arthritis, either osteoarthritis or inflammatory, generally live with more and more pain each year, as the deterioration cannot be fully reversed. Rheumatoid arthritis can go into remission, but no true cure exists yet for this debilitating illness.
The Three Types of Pain
Until relatively recently, pain itself was somewhat of a mystery. Researchers have been able to pinpoint the cause of pain in recent years, however, which has helped to treat severe and chronic pain with varying degrees of success, in some cases. According to the Health Canada, there are three types of pain, outlined below:
- Nociceptive Pain—Nociceptive pain is the most common type of pain and arises from damage to body tissue. Victims typically describe it as a sharp, aching, or throbbing pain.
- Neuropathic Pain—When the nervous system is damaged, the resulting pain is referred to as neuropathic pain, which is felt as a shooting pain or burning sensation. It can cause the skin to be numb or overly sensitive to the touch.
- Nociplastic Pain—When sensory neurons become overly responsive, the resulting pain, called nociplastic pain, takes on the form of neuropathic pain—overly sensitive or numb skin, and a burning or shooting pain.
The longer that an individual experience acute pain, the more likely it will turn into chronic pain. The longer they experience that chronic pain, the more reactive sensory neurons become, increasing the nociplastic pain that the patient feels. This is why even after a tissue or bone injury has fully healed, the pain still lingers.
How a Barrie Chronic Pain Lawyer can Help
The most common area of pain that traffic collision, work accident, and slip and fall victims end up with is located in the back or neck. Other areas of intense pain that result in disability and immobility include the hips, ankles or feet, and arms. Those with serious arthritis often feel the most pain in their hands, wrists, and fingers. Wherever your injury was located, an experienced pain lawyer can help you recover the compensation you need and deserve. Our lawyers use medical evidence to prove your level of disability, and hold at-fault parties accountable for your damages, which can include the following:
- Current out of pocket medical expenses
- Future out of pocket medical expenses
- In home care or assistive devices
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost income and future lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Without working with a lawyer, victims end up being tricked into taking low settlement offers from insurers or denied outright by the negligent parties themselves. Only an experienced chronic pain lawyer can ensure that your personal injury claim has the best chances of success.
The Barrie Pain Lawyers at Preszler Injury Lawyers Are Available to Help You Today
Here at Preszler Injury Lawyers, our Chronic Pain lawyers seek financial justice for victims of debilitating injuries. To get started today, call 1-800-JUSTICE for a free consultation at your earliest convenience.