Are you suffering from chronic pain after an accident and injury? We know that injuries can have lasting effects on accident victims and our law firm is here to help.
After an injury, it is normal to feel pain. Fractures, spinal injuries, soft tissue injuries, and more can all cause pain, which is usually an important indicator that you’ve been injured. In some cases, pain may develop or worsen over the next few days following the accident.
Some injury victims never find relief from their pain. When pain persists for more than 3 months, it is often considered diagnosed as a “chronic” condition. Chronic pain can be relentless and can impact almost every aspect of your life. If your chronic pain stems from an accident and another party was at fault, you should discuss your situation with an experienced Calgary chronic pain lawyer at Vogel LLP.
What Is Considered A Chronic Pain Injury?
Chronic pain often stems from an initial injury, and can include:
- Chronic musculoskeletal pain – Musculoskeletal pain can stem from strains or sprains to the muscles, tendons, or ligaments, as well as fractures to the bones or bruises. Common areas for this type of pain include the neck, back, and joint areas. Chronic nerve pain – Trauma can cause nerve damage in many ways, including by way of spinal cord damage, disc herniations with corresponding nerve compression, crush injuries, and more. Different people can experience nerve pain in different ways including with shooting or radiating pain, burning, or stabbing sensations, paresthesia, and severe pain with physical contact.
- Chronic headaches – Headaches can be an after-effect of many types of traumatic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, spinal injuries, or jaw injuries. Headaches can be debilitating and may be accompanied by an inability to handle light or sound, problems reading or viewing a computer screen, problems with physical movement, among other troubling symptoms.
Chronic pain can be all-consuming and can affect you both mentally as well as physically. Chronic pain can cause a wide range of disabilities and can keep you from working or finding suitable employment. Some accident victims develop conditions such as Chronic Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), which have many additional debilitating symptoms. Over time, chronic pain victims may feel like there is no relief in sight.
It is important to remember that you may have legal rights as a chronic pain victim, and you should reach out to our lawyers for help.
What are Some Income Supplement Resources if I am Injured and Cannot Work?
Many people with chronic pain cannot work. Not only can chronic pain prevent you from returning to your usual job, but it may keep you from working any type of vocation or limit your opportunities. Being unable to work can quickly result in significant financial problems, especially if you are paying for medical treatment out of your own pocket to try to address or manage the pain.
There are different income supplement resources which you may qualify for depending on your situation. These may include:
- Section B insurance disability benefits
- Disability benefits (short term and long term) through a private insurer
- Employment Insurance (EI) benefits including sickness benefits
- Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefits
- Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)
- Social assistance
- Other benefits from Alberta Disability Services
When Should I Contact a Lawyer?
If your chronic pain started after a traumatic injury, you may have the right to receive compensation for damages including pain and suffering, reimbursement for medical bills, lost income, and future losses. If another party was negligent and caused your accident, the law allows you to hold them liable for such losses. If you suspect someone else was at fault for causing your injuries, you should discuss your options with our injury lawyers right away.
Cases involving chronic pain can be complicated. Our legal team helps clients obtain settlements or court awards they deserve. We have seen, firsthand, the impact of chronic pain on our clients’ lives, and we will fight for you.
Contact Our Chronic Pain Injury Lawyers Today For A Free Consultation
At Vogel LLP, we help accident victims financially recover for their losses whenever possible. Our cases involve a wide range of injuries, from short-term conditions to life-altering injuries. Call 403-255-2636 or contact us online to discuss your situation for free today.