Dallas Chronic Pain Attorney
Car accidents that cause serious injury or death can happen in the span of an instant — one moment you are driving safely down a Texas highway, and the next your life has forever changed.
In 2012, more than 87,000 people sustained injuries from only 63,000 car wrecks across the state of Texas. Few of those 87,000 people were responsible for their injuries. Far more had no idea the danger they faced while driving.
Dallas alone was responsible for more than one-third of those 63,000 car accidents in 2012. This is because Dallas is positioned in the middle of a metroplex and has a complex system of highways that thousands upon thousands of drivers traverse each day. In 3,500 of those Dallas accidents, people sustained serious injuries, many of which led to chronic pain.
Chronic pain is an often misunderstood symptom of a serious wreck, but anyone who suffers with chronic pain from a car accident knows that it can cause lasting damage to the body. Defined as lasting more than 6 months, chronic pain is suffered by more than three million people in the U.S. each year. Many of them have chronic pain from injuries in car accidents.
Chronic pain is a result of severe trauma to the nervous and immune systems. These flare up in when an injury occurs, and then they fail to stop responding to tissue damage long after the initial injury has been treated.
If you or your loved one suffers from chronic pain as a result of a car accident that was caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent driving, you may be entitled to compensation to take care of your medical expenses, rehabilitation, and other financial and emotional losses.
Many people with chronic pain cannot continue to lead completely normal lifestyles. Chronic pain sufferers may be unable to work in the same ways as they did before. They may feel discomfort, pain, or the physical stress of a prior accident or injury all the time.
Outside of the workplace, chronic pain can also contribute to problems in other areas of a person’s life. Sufferers of chronic pain may be unable to sleep properly because of their pain, and they may suffer from long-term stress from dealing with the pain. These lesser-known, but equally important, symptoms of chronic pain, coupled with an inability to work or continue to lead a normal lifestyle, can lead to long-term emotional distress, such as depression and a decreased quality of life.
Chronic pain sufferers should not simply accept these additional symptoms as unchangeable parts of their daily lives. By securing an attorney who can fight for adequate compensation for medical bills, loss of pay from work, and emotional damages, victims of car accidents can take back control of their lives in the wake of chronic pain.
Types of Injuries That Cause Chronic Pain after a Car Accident
Any kind of car accident can lead to chronic pain. Possible injuries that can cause lasting nerve damage and intense, long-term pain include, but are not limited to:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Cuts and abrasions
- Disc displacement
It is important that immediately after your accident you document any and all injuries that you may have. Regardless of whether you feel injured, you should seek medical treatment to ensure that you did not sustain internal injuries.
Some people, in the wake of an accident, do not immediately get medical treatment. Then, several hours, days, or even weeks later, they find that they are in considerable pain. Treatment at the site of an accident or at the hospital can ensure all injuries are taken care of promptly. Getting medical treatment also creates a trail of documentation that will be extremely useful in court if you decide later to take legal action and pursue compensation.
Any of the above injuries can lead to chronic nerve or musculoskeletal pain which registers, for many sufferers, as one of the most severe injuries on standard pain index scales.
Sufferers of chronic pain may develop a form of the Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS/RSD), which affects somewhere around 200,000 people every year in America. These are generally adults between ages 40 and 60, according to the RSD Syndrome Association.
Fibromyalgia is also a common cause of chronic pain. This disease is triggered by traumatic accidents and can cause pain either throughout the body or in one particular limb or area of the body. In particular, most sufferers of fibromyalgia experience pain in their shoulders, neck, elbows, lower back, hips, knees, and shins.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer for Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain sufferers have an incredible burden to handle. Not only must they grapple with the financial effects of severe car wrecks, but they must also handle the trauma of immediate pain from the accident and the confusion, emotional distress, and financial losses associated with chronic pain.
Needless to say, chronic pain sufferers should rely on the support of medical professionals and circles of friends and families to care for them in a difficult time of life. But they should also secure legal representation to look out for their best interests in the courtroom and to match the experience of insurance companies and attorneys for negligent drivers responsible for the accident.
Knowledgeable lawyers are best suited to deal with insurance companies, rather than inexperienced victims dealing with both the aftermath of car accidents and chronic pain. Insurance companies are adept at making arguments that frame the injuries of victims as ploys for compensation they do not need.
Insurance adjusters are likely to argue that chronic pain sufferers are overstating their injuries and their need for treatment, that their pain is from prior medical procedures or injuries, and that age or other factors play a larger role in chronic pain than did the actual accident.
A lawyer will be able to successfully fight these faulty claims by introducing evidence to the contrary. They can call witnesses to the accident, doctors that treated the patient at the scene and before the accident, and other professionals to make a compelling argument in favor of the fact that the injuries were sustained in direct relation to the accident.
Attorneys are well-versed in proving that your chronic pain exists and was that it was caused by the negligent actions of another driver.
After an accident, you need to focus on healing rather than litigating. It is rarely a good idea to try to take on insurance companies and other attorneys alone, and, in the process, adding to the physical and emotional stress you are already experiencing.
Retaining an attorney will help you get the largest compensation settlement. We highly recommend securing legal representation if you suffer from chronic pain after a car accident.
Why Should I Choose The Benton Law Firm?
At The Benton Law Firm, our attorneys have the experience and dedicated compassion that lets you heal emotionally and physically, while we fight for you. For years, we have handled car accident cases in Dallas and know how to confront reckless drivers and big insurance companies who are reluctant to pay victims for their injuries.
Our services revolve around the compensation owed to victims of car accident cases that they didn’t from negligent drivers or from insurance companies.
From the moment you begin your first consultation with The Benton Law Firm attorneys, you will receive the undivided attention of our team as we evaluate your claim and hear your story. Our goal is to make the legal process as easy for you as possible.
When you’re suffering from serious chronic pain in the wake of a car accident, you need to be compensated for your losses from work, from medical bills, and in your personal life. But you also need time to relax and heal. The Benton Law Firm can give you both of these.
Our services are offered on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing until we win you maximum possible compensation. We never want to cause you more stress while dealing with chronic pain, including financial stress. We know how costly it is to handle medical bills, and want to make sure that you are financially secure before you are charged fairly for our services as well.
Contact The Benton Law Firm
Chronic pain from injuries sustained in a car accident is a serious, long-term issue that should be dealt with as soon as possible. If you suffer from chronic pain as a result of a car accident, call our offices today at (214) 777-7777 for your free consultation. The Benton Law Firm attorneys are ready and eager to fight for your rights against the negligent drivers that have caused this extreme change in the way you live your life and the pain you experience every day.