Serious Injury Claims

Chronic Pain Claims

Chronic pain syndrome (CPS) can be a life-changing condition, not only for sufferers but for friends and family too. Typically lasting for three or more months after an injury, it’s a debilitating experience that can affect you both mentally and physically.

Our lawyers understand that the impact of chronic pain is a very individual experience and that every case needs to be treated differently. We’ve handled many different kinds of chronic pain claim, from road traffic accidents to workplace injuries, so we know how your life can be affected by the condition.

We believe in the importance of helping you to cope with the effects of chronic pain, which is why our serious injury solicitors will put you in touch with rehabilitation specialists like physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pain consultants and nurses. At the same time we’ll fight for the compensation you deserve and make sure you get a fair deal.

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    • What’s The Process For Making A Claim?
    • After we’ve talked through your situation, we’ll be able to decide if your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence. If we believe that mistakes have been made, we will get evidence from experts to support your case and establish exactly what happened.

      Specialist care is an important part of any chronic pain claim, and our solicitors will make sure that you have access to the very best medical support while we continue with your case.

      We’ll then work out how much compensation you will need, taking into account your pain, loss of earnings and the cost of the medical treatment you’ve had so far and will need in the future. We realise that with chronic pain claims it can be difficult to measure the true extent of the condition straight after the initial injury, so we’ll make sure that this is taken into account when calculating your compensation amount.

      Once we’ve worked this out, we’ll negotiate a settlement with the people responsible. If they disagree, we’ll begin court proceedings – however, the majority of cases do settle out of court. If your case does go to court, it’s nothing to be concerned about – we’ll stand by you the whole way, fighting for your best interests.

    • How Can Irwin Mitchell Help?
    • Our specialist serious injury team have helped many clients to secure compensation for chronic pain, giving them the funds they need to make the necessary changes to their lifestyle. This can include appointments and treatments from:

      • Physiotherapists
      • Occupational therapists
      • Pain consultants and nurses

      Where possible we’ll fight for interim compensation payments that can enable you to access expert medical care while your case is ongoing. These interim payments are approved by the court before the claim finishes.

      We’re aware of the complex nature of chronic pain cases, treating our clients sensitively and recognising that each claim is unique.. We understand that the true extent of a chronic pain condition often isn’t immediately visible after an accident, which is why we’ll make sure that this is taken into account when securing the compensation that you deserve.

    • What Are The Time Limits For Making An Chronic Pain Claim?
    • In most cases, there’s a time limit of three years to make a claim, starting from when you first developed a chronic pain condition (or became aware  that you had one). In cases involving children, you can claim at any time while they’re under 18 – the three year time limit begins on their 18th birthday.

      However, it’s important to contact us as soon as possible so that we can begin to investigate your claim. If you have questions or concerns about the time limits, please call us for free initial advice on 0800 056 4110.

    • Can I Make A Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis?
    • Yes, many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk to you when making a compensation claim*.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll use this option to fund your case. It involves setting up an insurance policy that will cover the legal fees if your case isn’t successful, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees, with the rest coming out of a pre-agreed proportion of your compensation. 

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information.

    • Meet Our Experts
    • With offices across the UK, we’re consistently ranked amongst the very best serious injury lawyers in the country by independent legal guides who say Irwin Mitchell’s “dedication for its clients is matched only by the astounding results it obtains” (Legal 500, 2015). We’ve also won Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award on seven different occasions and have close relationships with charities like Brake.

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I would certainly recommend Irwin Mitchell to friends and family. The support I’ve received has been fantastic.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain typically lasts more than three months after an injury. It could appear gradually, suddenly or even many weeks after the original trauma. Chronic pain is different from acute, short-term pain in that it persists well after the initial injury has healed and can have a much wider-reaching effect...

...on the life of someone that suffers with it.

Sometimes chronic pain can be managed with painkillers but often this is impossible – chronic pain is caused by a problem within the nervous system rather than a specifically injured body part, making it harder to locate and treat.

Chronic pain doesn’t exist in isolation and can cause a number of health problems, both cognitive and physical. These include:

  • Depression, anxiety and other psychological conditions
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Weakness
  • Sleeplessness
  • A weakened immune system

These effects can be mentally and physically exhausting, taking a significant toll on your quality of life. Our solicitors understand this and can put you in touch with pain specialists to help you learn to cope with the condition.

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What Causes Chronic Pain?

Most cases of chronic pain diagnosis come about as a result of injuries suffered in an accident. Our personal injury solicitors often help clients who have developed chronic pain after:

  • An accident in the workplace
  • A road traffic accident
  • Whiplash
  • A slip, trip or fall
  • A military accident

It’s often difficult to diagnose a chronic pain condition in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic accident, as the symptoms can be mistaken for acute pain. Only after a period of weeks or months does it become clear that someone’s suffering from chronic pain. Anyone can get chronic pain and at any age from children to adults. Nobody knows why some people get chronic pain and others don’t.

We’re in contact with medical experts who understand the causes and triggers associated with chronic pain. With their help we’ll be able to establish who was to blame for your condition and battle to get the compensation you deserve. 

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What Are The Different Types Of Chronic Pain?

Our experience in chronic pain covers many different kinds and causes of chronic pain, so we’ll know how to fight for your compensation claim. There are lots of different kinds of chronic pain, but the most common are:

  • Somatic pain – this is caused by an injury to the skin, muscle or soft tissue, and also includes headaches.
  • Visceral pain – visceral pain comes from internal organs and can sometimes spread to other areas of the body. The nature of the pain receptors on internal organs mean that visceral pain is often difficult to locate.
  • Neuropathic pain – nerve damage causes neuropathic pain, which is characterised by nerve fibres sending the wrong pain signals to other parts of the body.
  • Fibromyalgia – this is a chronic pain condition that can be inflamed by injury.

Whatever the nature of your chronic pain condition, we have the dedication and compassion needed to help you seek justice. Call us on 0800 056 4110.

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Awards & Recognition

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
"One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven previous occasions.

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We know how important rehabilitation is.

We’re proud to have won Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven separate occasions, showing our dedication to helping clients above and beyond the compensation claim.

We want you to have the best possible quality of life after your claim, and we’ll make sure that you have access to advice, care and therapies to achieve this.


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