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Chronic pain claims

Living with long-term chronic pain – or persistent pain - can be a constant struggle both mentally and physically. It may have been caused by an accident or injury you’ve suffered, or perhaps you’ve had medical treatment or an infection that has left you with pain.

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According to the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition, around 8 million adults in the UK report living with chronic pain that is moderate to severely disabling.

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is long-term pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks and often doesn’t respond to usual medical treatments.

As well as the physical pain, it can cause fatigue, depression, anxiety and changes in appetite, among other symptoms.

Chronic pain conditions include:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue (ME)
  • Chronic pain syndrome
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS)
  • Long-term whiplash injury

If your chronic pain is the result of an accident at work, car or motorcycle accident, or trip or fall, you may be able to bring a claim for personal injury compensation.

Why should I make a chronic pain claim?

With chronic pain conditions you are likely to have ongoing treatment requirements, as well as the cost of further tests, pain management, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pain consultants and nurses.  You may also require significant time off work, or even have to stop working altogether.

The cost of all that can add up, but if your pain started after an injury or accident that wasn’t your fault, a compensation settlement can relieve the financial pressure of how to pay for everything you need.
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How the claim process works

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You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you

Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case

Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How can First4Lawyers help?

Chronic pain claims can be particularly complex and compensation varies from case to case. 

First4Lawyers solicitors are experienced in gathering the evidence needed and can  guide you through the whole process on your behalf.

Our specialist advisers can talk you through these types of claim, and establish whether you have a case.  If you do, they can tell you about our No Win No Fee service, so you don't have to find any upfront costs – just get in touch for a no-obligation chat and we’ll tell you more.

How much compensation could I receive?

Compensation usually consists of damages for pain and suffering, and takes into consideration costs such as any care given by a relative, nursing care,  treatment and tests.  It can also cover physiotherapy, rehabilitation treatment and any equipment or mobility aids you may need.

Time off work, loss of earnings and future loss of earnings may also be considered.

The Judicial College Guidelines recommend amounts for general damages in personal injury. For example in severe cases of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome awards have been in the range of £46,040 to £73,670.  Fibromyalgia tends to see amounts of £36,950 to £55,240.

Is there a time limit for making a chronic pain claim?

Most personal injury claims have a time limit of three years from the date your illness started – or you became aware of it, but there are some exceptions.  For children,  the limit extends from the start date to the child’s 18th birthday, at which point the three year time limit begins. If the person is mentally incapable of decision-making there is usually no time limit.

One of our advisers can explain it all to you in a clear, no-jargon manner, based on your individual circumstances.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

To find out whether you have a compensation claim, just get in touch for a free initial consultation,  using our online claim form.  Or request a callback at the top of the screen,  we will get in touch at a time to suit you and talk you through your options and our No Win No Fee services

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Frequently asked questions

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

How long will a claim take?

The length of time it will take to make your claim depends on your individual circumstances.

Every case is different, so it’s very difficult to say at the early stages how long the process will be from start to finish.

Once your solicitor has completed their initial investigations into your case, they will be in a better position to advise you on how long the process is likely to take.

To give you a very general idea:

  • For a personal injury claim like minor whiplash, for example, the process could be completed in about six months.
    But in more complex cases, such as claims involving a trip, slip or fall, it could take over a year to be settled.
    The process could also be longer if the defendant disputes your claim. 

  • Claiming for a work accident could be between six and nine months. But if the injury is more severe, or there are legal complexities, it could take longer.

  • Medical negligence cases tend to take longer as they can be complex with multiple factors and evidence.  A rough estimate would be 18-26 months.

Or you could contact one of our advisors to discuss your situation.

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Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can either start your claim online, or by calling us using the number at the top of the screen.

If you want to start your claim now, simply enter a few details into our online claim form, and one of our legal advisors will call you back to discuss your claim in more detail.

When completing the form, you’ll need to describe the type of accident you’ve been involved in, for example: road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, medical negligence etc. (you can select the appropriate option from a drop down menu).

You should also write a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that one of our experts will be able to advise you on your next steps.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number as well as an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back - we understand that it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that pre-arranged time, when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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How do I know whether I have a claim?

That's what we're here for! 

If you’ve had an accident and you’re not sure if you’re eligible to claim, then call us through the number at the top of the screen and speak to one of our specialist advisors.

We will give you free advice regarding your case and advise you on the potential of your claim, without obligation.

We believe in working honestly and with integrity – we don’t believe in raising expectations and we don’t encourage false claims.

To be eligible to make a compensation claim, there are three key conditions that your case will need to meet:

  • Your accident must have taken place during the last three years. Please note: different rules apply to industrial disease, medical negligence and criminal injury claims, or if you were under 18 when the accident happened.  We will advise accordingly in each of these cases.
  • There must be a person or organisation who is at fault for your accident.
  • Your injuries will have required medical treatment.

If you have any questions, or are unsure if your case meets these requirements, give us a call or complete our online claim form and we'll be in touch shortly.

Can I be compensated for losses as well as my injury?

Yes, you may be entitled to compensation for losses other than your personal injury.

A personal injury claim is split into two parts: general damages and special damages.

  • General damages are paid for the pain and suffering and emotional distress from your physical injury.
  • Special damages relate to damaged belongings or financial losses resulting from the injury.

 

Will I have to attend a medical?

Yes, you’ll need to have a medical examination to make a personal injury claim.

It's to provide proof that your injury was caused by the accident and to allow your solicitors to value your claim.

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