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What to Do About Chronic Pain After an Accident

Scott McCullough Nov. 1, 2019

People who are involved in car accidents often leave the scene with serious injuries. Broken bones, lacerations, neck injuries, and back injuries are just a few of the ailments that plague accident victims. These injuries are not easy to overcome and often take months of physical therapy or other treatment to completely heal. Unfortunately, for some accident victims, their injuries never heal and they face the reality of chronic pain for the rest of their lives.

If you’re suffering from chronic pain following a car accident, you need to know that you’re not on your own. There are steps you can take so that the burden of your medical expenses and new life are not yours to bear alone.

Why It’s Important to Understand Chronic Pain

According to WebMD, chronic pain plagues more than 3 million people per year in the United States. Chronic pain is severe pain that lasts from 3-6 months or more. Many chronic pain sufferers experience pain so bad that it impedes their ability to do normal tasks such as work or participate in family activities. Research shows that approximately 25% of people who suffer from chronic pain are also diagnosed with Chronic Pain Syndrome which includes symptoms of anxiety and depression beyond severe pain.

What Are Common Remedies for Chronic Pain?

For chronic pain sufferers, it can be extremely difficult to find a treatment for their pain that works. It can take months or years to pinpoint a pain medication, surgery, or ongoing treatment that provides relief. Some of the most common treatments for chronic pain are:

  • Massage

  • Occupational therapy

  • Physical therapy

  • Nerve blocks

  • NSAIDs

  • Muscle relaxants

  • Surgery

It’s not uncommon for those who experience chronic pain to try multiple methods of treatment. Sometimes, a specific treatment will work only for a short period of time before they need to move on to something new to manage their pain.

Seek Compensation for Chronic Pain Treatment & Suffering

For accident victims, the introduction of chronic pain is sudden and unexpected. Someone else’s negligent accidents caused them to suffer injuries that will now plague their life forever. In such situations, it’s their right to seek compensation from the responsible party to ease the burden of their medical treatments. In many cases, accident victims who suffer from chronic pain receive payment for:

  • Medical bills

  • Ongoing medical treatment

  • Lifestyle aids (ramps, medical devices, etc.)

  • Lost wages

  • Future loss of wages

  • Pain and suffering

When someone is plagued with chronic pain that prevents them from going to work, they often receive a sizeable settlement from the responsible party to cover the loss of employment. An experienced and aggressive personal injury attorney understands what type of compensation chronic pain sufferers are entitled to.

Hire a Knowledgeable Personal Injury Attorney in Florida

In Florida, there’s a two-year statute of limitations that defines when you’re able to file a personal injury claim. If you’re suffering from chronic pain after an auto accident, there’s no better time to contact a personal injury attorney than now.

The attorneys at McCullough & Leboff, PA have more than 48 years of combined experience representing and winning personal injury cases across Florida. They want to use their expertise to win your case too.

To schedule a free consultation, call or contact the office online today. We will make ourselves available to you on your schedule and are happy to meet on nights or weekends.