Chronic Pain is a real Medical Condition. Personal Injury Lawyer Tim Leigh-Bell Can Help.
Unlike other injuries, chronic pain cannot be seen on an x-ray, MRI or CT scan. It is, therefore, often hard to properly diagnose — much less treat — yet it can have a devastating impact on the lives of those who struggle with it. Furthermore, in addition to their pain, those who suffer from chronic pain may also have to battle with insurance companies and even their own doctors that may not recognize their symptoms as the result of a real injury.
However, chronic pain victims should be aware that the Supreme Court of Canada has recognized chronic pain as a real medical condition and that “objective” medical evidence is not necessarily required in order to prove its existence in any particular case.
If you have been denied benefits, compensation or long-term disability for chronic pain resulting from an accident or injury, you may feel frustrated with doctors or insurance agencies that do not acknowledge your very real pain. At the Law Office of Timothy H. Leigh-Bell, we take every injury seriously. Our experienced legal team will stand up for your rights and work diligently to have you assessed by the right medical specialists so you can obtain the compensation you need.
Pursuing Compensation for Chronic Pain
Chronic pain cases may arise as a result of serious injury. Individuals who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or other type of accident are often more at risk of sustaining lasting injuries that can take weeks or months to heal. Common types of chronic pain conditions include:
- Migraine headaches
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Neck and back pain
- Whiplash associated disorder and soft tissue injuries
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) or jaw stiffness
- Neuropathic pain, or pain from an injury to the nervous system
Chronic pain is also frequently associated with depression, leading to a vicious cycle of pain, depression and frustration. We can help you obtain the multidisciplinary medical and rehabilitative care you need to recover.
Even if you are not entitled to compensation for an accident injury, you may be entitled to long-term disability benefits of Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefits if you are unable to work because of your chronic pain. Some doctors and insurance companies may delay in issuing payment or treatment because of the lack of objective evidence for these conditions. We will help you understand your legal rights and get the benefits you need to manage your medical expenses, loss of income and other possible setbacks. We often work alongside physicians and other practitioners who have expertise in assessing and treating chronic pain to present the strongest case possible.
We are committed to addressing all the issues associated with chronic pain, including the physical, mental and financial effects it can have on those who suffer from it.
Chronic Pain/Psychological Trauma: $1,000,000.00 Recovered, and a Fresh Start
SL suffered minor soft tissue injuries to her neck and back when her car was struck from behind by another car. However, she soon developed severe psychological symptoms that impaired her cognitive functions including memory, executive function and speech, which prevented her from returning to her clerical job. She also developed a chronic pain syndrome. We were able to obtain medical reports that helped to prove that her psychological symptoms were genuine that she really would not be capable of working for the foreseeable future. We recovered over $1,000,000,00 for her for pain and suffering, medical, rehabilitation and housekeeping expenses. Since we settled her case she has been able to purchase a new family home and has begun re-training for a new career.
To learn more about how we have helped others in your situation, please review our Success Stories page.
Contact Tim Leigh-Bell if you suffer from Chronic Pain or Soft Tissue Injury
If you suffer from chronic pain, contact our Mississauga and Milton lawyer by calling 1-888-336-3778 to schedule a free initial consultation. When you are unsure of your rights, it’s reassuring to know that we do.