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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Psychological accidents: Chronic pain


    Whether you have sustained an injury at work or experienced a road traffic accident, the harm and pain you will have suffered in the aftermath of your ordeal can be extreme.

    As with all things in life, every individual experiences pain at a different level. It is a personal feeling and interpretation of what has occurred based on the event itself, injury, tolerance, warning and psychological variables.

    Dealing with the pain of your personal injury

    It is important for victims of personal injury to find their own ways to cope with events and the pain they suffer.

    A car accident, for example, could have a number of outcomes. A severe road traffic accident could, of course, lead to fatalities or disabling injuries. On the other hand, the victim may suffer less permanent injuries, such as whiplash or a fractured wrist.

    Every circumstance is different, every injury unique.

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    Different types of pain

    Acute pain is considered to be a period of pain that lasts for a month or less. This does not mean that the pain felt during the 30-day period will be less severe than that of someone who suffers chronic pain.

    Chronic pain is said to be present in individuals who have experienced the same pain for a period of three to six months, or more.

    Chronic pain and psychology

    It cannot be argued that your work or road-related injury would not have caused you an immense amount of pain. In some cases, however, some people do tend to suffer worse than others, with a very low threshold for pain.

    People who experience extreme pain at what is generally a low level for the average person are said to catastrophise the feeling they are going through. This could be due to fear of pain, anxiety or previous history relating to pain to the body.

    Claiming for personal injury compensation      

    Regardless of the nature of your claim, if you feel you have suffered an injury due to an incident that occurred through no fault of your own, then you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.

    A law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, will offer free advice regarding the eligibility of your claim with no pressure to pursue the case.

    Working on a no win no fee basis, Accident Advice Helpline will assign your case to their most suitable solicitor to assure you receive the compensation you’re entitled to.

    Date Published: February 13, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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