Chronic pain is a mysterious but very real condition that many people feel after suffering a serious injury in a severe accident. Unfortunately, because it is so mysterious, there are many people, including doctors, who may not believe you when you say that you are in constant pain. This can make it difficult to get the treatment you need.
Perhaps even worse, lawyers and people on a jury may not believe you, either. This can make it far more difficult to get the compensation that you deserve from the person or the people who were ultimately responsible for the accident that caused your injuries. Hiring the personal injury lawyers at the Philadelphia law office of Gilman & Bedigian can help you recover the compensation you need and deserve.
Chronic pain is, as its name implies, a sensation of physical pain that refuses to go away. However, beyond that basic description of the words in the medical term, even doctors and medical researchers disagree about what chronic pain is and where it comes from. These disagreements have huge repercussions in the medical field because it prevents them from finding a source and cure for the condition.
For example, when describing the condition of chronic pain, some medical experts focus on the duration of pain that you feel. However, others focus on a lack of ascertainable source for the pain. Therefore, the first group of doctors can say you have chronic pain after several months pass, and you are still experiencing pain from an earlier condition – though even among these doctors, there is disagreement as to how long the pain has to last before it can be labeled chronic. The second group of doctors, though, will call it chronic pain even if it only lasts for a few days so long as it has an unclear source.
While this seems theoretical, the practical implications are significant: the second group of doctors emphasizes the mysteriousness of the pain, which builds the skepticism that you can face if you continue to claim that you are under a lot of pain.
Causes of Chronic Pain in Philadelphia
While the medical field has failed to understand chronic pain, that does not mean that it does not exist, or that it does not tend to happen after certain types of accidents.
- Workplace injuries. A common precursor to chronic pain is a repetitive motion injury from the workplace. Doing the same thing over and over, day after day can damage your muscles, tendons, and nerves in ways that lead to chronic pain.
- Car accidents. A car crash – whether it involves cars, trucks, buses, bikers, or pedestrians – can all lead to chronic pain, especially if you suffer whiplash in the accident.
- Slip and falls. If you slip and fall because of a dangerous condition on someone else's property, the impact from the fall can easily cause the types of injuries that end with chronic pain.
- Medical malpractice. Possibly the most common source of chronic pain, though, is medical malpractice. Surgeons who make a tiny mistake during an internal procedure--even a routine one--can strike a nerve and damage it in a way that sends painful signals to your brain and creates chronic pain. Even doctors can cause chronic pain through medical malpractice if they cause nerve damage through poorly prescribed drugs that interact with each other in foreseeable and devastating ways.
Legal Damages for Victims of Chronic Pain
The personal injury law of Pennsylvania will likely apply to your case if you have suffered chronic pain from an accident that happened in or near Philadelphia. This law aims to compensate you for all of the ways that you have suffered at the hands of the other person. When put together, all of these losses form your legal damages, the costs of which can all be reimbursed in a successful personal injury lawsuit.
Importantly, your legal damages are not restricted to just your medical bills. For instances of chronic pain in Philadelphia, they also include the following.
- Reimbursement for your pain. Perhaps the most important aspect of a personal injury lawsuit for chronic pain is to recover compensation for the physical pain that you have been made to go through. Unfortunately, it is incredibly difficult to put a precise dollar amount on the pain you have had, so the personal injury law in Pennsylvania simply puts the question to the jury and lets them decide. This results in widely varying results, though, so having a skilled lawyer to tell the jury exactly why you should be reimbursed for your pain is critical to recovering the amount you really deserve.
- Suffering, or the loss of life's enjoyments. Chronic pain also causes extreme amounts of suffering, as it prevents you from enjoying your life like you used to and keeps you from the activities that you most enjoyed. Just like with compensation for your pain, though, the amount that you deserve is put to the jury, leading to a wide range of results. Having a lawyer is crucial.
- Lost wages and professional repercussions. Chronic pain can keep you off the job while you recover and for months or even years afterward, as you struggle to overcome the painful sensation in your body. It can even make it impossible to do the things you need to on the work site, drastically reducing your earning capacity and forcing you into either a different role at your job or into an entirely different profession.
This is why it is so important to file a personal injury lawsuit if you have been suffering from chronic pain: The damages that you have suffered are not small, and you deserve to be reimbursed.
Gilman & Bedigian: Philadelphia's Personal Injury Attorneys
The personal injury attorneys at the Philadelphia law office of Gilman & Bedigian represent chronic pain victims both inside the courtroom and outside of it, fighting for their rights and interests. Contact us online to get started on your case and protect your interests.