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Proving Chronic Pain Injuries is a Chronic Challenge

Posted on - Wednesday, August 3, 2016 under Personal Injury Proving Chronic Pain Injuries is a Chronic Challenge

Chronic pain is as real as any other serious medical condition, but many people suffering from chronic pain face obstacles to getting the care and compensation they deserve.

Often, it is difficult to even get a proper medical diagnosis and treatment. Sometimes, doctors have a difficult time identifying or substantiating chronic pain, and patients find themselves visiting multiple doctors in search of relief. Insurers may decide that the person claiming a chronic pain problem has not provided enough evidence of their condition to receive benefits. Additionally, so-called “invisible disabilities” commonly associated with chronic pain such as depression or anxiety are often misunderstood and misinterpreted, and victims may encounter issues with obtaining treatment or coverage for these conditions as well.

Even when treatment is obtained, it can be expensive and complicated. Pain medications, including powerful narcotics, are of course part of many treatment regimens. But when that is not enough, patients may need additional and more invasive treatments. Some patients with catastrophic pain must seek in-patient treatment at multi-disciplinary pain management programs. All of these pain management treatments come with significant risks, have known side effects, and can be very expensive.

While the challenges of medical care and insurance coverage are significant, if the chronic pain was caused by somebody else’s carelessness or negligence, the legal challenges involved in obtaining compensation for chronic pain are substantial. Juries, like doctors and insurers, need to be provided with evidence to support claims of chronic pain, and it needs to be shown that the enduring pain was caused by the defendant’s actions.

While the law had been dubious about chronic pain claims in the past, courts in recent years have shown a greater willingness to accept chronic pain as a serious and real condition. Nevertheless, overcoming the evidentiary hurdles necessary to obtain compensation requires not only an experienced personal injury lawyer but medical experts and others who can testify and substantiate the very real pain the victim is suffering.

At Parian Law Firm, we have represented accident victims who have endured chronic pain as a result of another person’s negligence, and we work with medical experts who not only understand chronic pain but are able to convey that understanding in an effective way to juries. Chronic pain may be “invisible,” but we can work with you to make sure that it is seen as the real injury it is.

At The Parian Law Firm in metro Atlanta, Georgia, we represent injury victims exclusively and are committed to getting justice and compensation for our clients. Please contact us at (770) 727-5550 or chat live online with a member of our staff today.