“Chronic pain” is a term usually used to define pain which has lasted longer than three to six months or beyond the usual time expected for recovery from an injury.
Chronic pain often follows injuries sustained in the course of motor vehicle accidents, including “whiplash” type injuries. Your ICBC adjuster may tell you that whiplash injuries are not serious and that your pain will be short-lived, but this is often not the case. No two people recover from injuries on the same time schedule, and many factors will determine what your own outcome will be.
Chronic pain may be present all of the time, or you may have good days and bad days. Symptoms may include, tingling, burning pain, and/or dull aches or sharp pain. Chronic pain may cause simple movements to hurt, can disrupt sleep patterns and reduce both energy and cognitive functioning. It often impairs work, social, recreational and social activity and thus restricts your quality of life. Often, these additional complications can lead to onset of depression, anxiety or other emotional symptoms which can aggravate your pain and delay your recovery.
Pain is often invisible. You may be feeling pain even though the injury cannot be documented through objective testing such as x-rays or other diagnostic scans. ICBC or another responsible insurer may terminate your benefits or rehabilitative therapies on the basis that you should recover within a certain time frame.
The lawyers at MacIsaac & Company are highly experienced in the area of chronic pain compensation, and understand the many ways it can seriously impair your enjoyment of life. We have a network of multi-disciplinary experts who can help provide the medical evidence needed to obtain the compensation you deserve, as well as experts who can provide recommendations for rehabilitation or the latest in pain management therapy so you have the best chance of recovery.