Chronic Pain Claims
Chronic Pain, Neck & Back Injuries
Neck and back injuries are one of the leading causes of chronic pain for individuals. A 2019 survey by the Chronic Pain Association of Canada (CPAC) reported that chronic pain patients are experiencing a decline in quality of life, increase in pain, destruction of relationships, and are at a higher suicide risk. Approximately 10.5 million Canadians (30%, or one in three) suffer from chronic pain and 2 million Canadians suffer intractable, high-impact chronic pain, with most requiring opiate medicine to function and carry on with life.
Chronic pain is usually defined as constant or intermittent pain that stays for longer than three to six months after initial onset. Often, chronic pain is caused or worsened by injuries that do not heal properly like whiplash or a back injury from a car accidents. Back injuries also account for many workers’ compensation payments. Activities involving bending and twisting like lifting, carrying, and lowering are most likely to result in back and neck injuries. Neck injuries can result from repetitive movements that place strain on the neck and shoulder area. Activities like weightlifting, contact sports, heavy duty construction work and others can cause chronic damage to the neck and shoulders.
Insurance Companies and Chronic Pain Claims
Insurers can be skeptical regarding claims of chronic pain as it is an invisible injury in numerous cases (unlike an objective injury e.g.fractures) and may deny your claim as a result.Many individuals with chronic pain disorders also suffer mental health issues like depression. Chronic back pain has many causes including car crashes, traumatic accidents, and more. These injuries can be devastating, stressful, and very challenging (financially and otherwise) to manage on your own.
Many long-term disability (LTD) claims involve individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions. These can include Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Very serious back injuries can also result in paralysis.
Symptoms of a back injury include but are not limited to muscles spasms, lower back pain, chronic back pain, tenderness and stiffness and numbness or tingling of an extremity (limbs).
How Affinity Law Can Advocate for You?
The most important thing to do after an incident is seek medical attention as many will not be immediately apparent. If your back was injured in an accident, it is expected that you will be receiving therapy for months, if not longer. These therapies can get expensive and with the assistance and support of a Toronto accident lawyer from Affinity Law , you can leverage relevant legal expertise and engage our extensive network of legal and medical professionals, to help you in securing the best treatment and compensation you deserve.
We understand the devastating effect that chronic pain can have on one’s quality of life, and we are devoted to serving our clients and support them in getting back to the normality of life. At Affinity Law our Toronto injury lawyers understand the impact of chronic pain and help you recover the compensation you need and deserve to improve your quality of life.
If you or a loved one were injured as a result of the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for your catastrophic injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact Affinity Law
Our lawyers have a unique advantage on other law-firms in our areas of practice. We have previously defended insurers that you are fighting, and we intimately know the criteria that is applied in the claim calculation process. We effectively advocate for our client’s best interests with that advantage.
If you or a loved one have suffered because of another party’s negligence, the experienced Toronto personal injury lawyers at Affinity Law can help evaluate your specific case to determine whether you have a valid claim.
We have a remarkable track record of victories in handling cases involving all types of personal injuries and accidents, including chronic pain, catastrophic injuries , motor vehicle accidents, work accidents, slip and falls and industrial accidents.
We look forward to helping you gain the compensation you deserve. We serve the whole Greater Toronto Area including London, Hamilton, Caledon and Ajax.