Red Deer Chronic Pain Injury Lawyers
Injured people who develop a chronic pain condition can suffer the long-term effects of an accident or injury.
While any accident that causes an injury is likely to be painful for a while, chronic pain persists beyond three months.
This results in ongoing suffering and a greater impact on long-term quality of life.
If you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault and your pain has persisted for three months or longer, you may have a condition for which your lawyer can help you claim compensation.
Experienced chronic pain injury lawyers in Red Deer will fight your case with the insurance companies and seek the maximum compensation possible.
This will be based on:
- Your financial losses, including medical expenses and loss of earnings
- Loss of quality of life and the physical and emotional suffering caused
What are common chronic pain injuries?
Pain for days or weeks after an accident is normal. Broken bones, fractures, and dislocations are a common outcome.
However, when the condition becomes chronic, it lasts for months and can recur. In some cases, it develops into disorders that stay with you for the rest of your life.
Some examples of chronic pain injuries include:
- Chronic headaches: traumatic head, neck, jaw, and spinal injuries, in particular, can result in chronic pain from headaches. This can severely impact your ability to work and live an active life.
- Chronic back or neck pain: this is the most common form of chronic pain. When you experience injury from an accident, it can damage muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments in the back and neck area that persists for months.
- Chronic nerve pain: trauma from accidents can cause nerve damage in any area of the body, leading to severe pain when the nerves become compressed.
In some cases, pain from the injury can lead to chronic pain conditions that may have to be managed for the rest of your life. These include fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
Can I make a claim for chronic pain?
Pain can be complicated. Sometimes the cause of pain is difficult to isolate.
An experienced chronic pain lawyer will be able to call on expert medical opinion to help identify the cause of the pain.
If it can be proven to result from a traumatic injury in an accident that was not your fault, you may be due significant compensation due to negligence from another party (a driver, manufacturer or governing body, for instance).
Chronic pain injuries can cause medical bills to pile up and even result in permanent cognitive or physical disabilities.
Additionally, the pain may impact your ability to work and live a good quality of life, adversely affecting your family and relationships.
Canadian law protects your rights and we can help you assert them. Together we can seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Can I get financial help if I can’t work?
If you pursue a compensation claim with your personal accident lawyer, you would hope that any settlement will help cover the loss of earnings.
However, it usually takes some time to navigate the legal steps that need to be taken. Claims are rarely processed quickly,
In the meantime, you may be entitled to certain disability benefits under Alberta provincial law.
There are various means to claim disability aid provided by the province, including:
- Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) – a living allowance and health benefits
- Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) – payment for medical equipment and supplies
- Section B insurance disability benefits - for people who are injured in automobile accidents or who have loved ones injured or killed in automobile accidents.
Beyond the help provided by the province of Alberta, you may also be eligible for disability benefits from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).
There are various other ways of getting help if you can’t work because of chronic pain, including:
- Private insurance disability benefits
- Employment insurance benefits
Should I settle out of court?
In accidents, the insurance company of the at-fault party may try to settle the case for compensation out of court.
This is standard practice.
Make sure that you have hired a Red Deer chronic pain injury lawyer to handle negotiations.
An experienced lawyer, who knows your case well, will have a strong understanding of how much compensation you should be due.
Your lawyer will be able to draw on experiences of previous cases of chronic pain from injuries, resulting in loss of quality of life and suffering, as well as high medical costs and loss of earnings.
If there is a reasonable offer made by the insurance company, you may be able to settle out of court. This is normally quicker and easier for all concerned.
However, if an acceptable offer does not materialize even after negotiations, your lawyer may advise that filing a lawsuit is the best way to proceed.
Call a Chronic Pain Injury Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
Are you suffering chronic pain from an injury in the Red Deer area?
As established chronic pain injury lawyers, we can sit down with you for a free initial consultation and discuss the best way to claim the compensation you deserve.