Chronic pain claims

Living with long-term chronic pain – or persistent pain – can be a constant struggle both mentally and physically.


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Roughly two-fifths of the British population suffer with chronic pain, according to the British Pain Society.

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.

Find out more about making a claim.

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 talk you through our No Win No Fee service. This means you don't have to find any upfront costs – just get in touch for a no-obligation chat and we’ll tell you more.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 30% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident claims.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

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 21st birthday. Meanwhile, 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, so just get in touch if you're not sure whether you can make a claim.

I think I have a claim – what should I do?

Our advisers will be able to take you through the options, based on your individual circumstances and with no obligation.

Just give us a call, request a call back or start your claim online.


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