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Personal Injury and Chronic Back Pain

September 19, 2020 — by John Conger
Tags: Personal Injury Attorneys

Illustration of the spinal cordPersonal injuries often cause immediate losses, such as pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. When an injury is caused by another person or party, they should be held liable for these losses. Personal injury attorneys at Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP help injury victims in Stockton, CAWalnut Creek, CA, and surrounding areas pursue the compensation they are due for injury damages.

It is not just immediate losses that need to be accounted for in a personal injury case. Many injuries lead to long-term damages. This is especially true of personal injuries resulting in chronic back pain. When chronic back pain is an issue, our attorneys work hard to collect compensation for any future damages related to ongoing pain.

Managing Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain is a concern in many personal injury cases, including those involving a car accident, a workplace accident, or a slip or fall. Treating chronic back pain is not easy. Many people require long-term, or even lifelong, medical care to manage chronic back pain so they can go about their daily lives. Depending on the extent of injury, methods required to manage chronic back pain may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Epidural injections
  • Medication
  • Back surgery

Damages Associated with Chronic Back Pain

Because chronic back pain requires such extensive treatment, those of our Stockton clients who suffer from consistent pain are often burdened with significant medical expenses. Each treatment can be costly on its own, and most people require multiple avenues of back care. Considering the fact that these expenses can go on for years, the financial effects of chronic back pain can be devastating.

Pain is another obvious source of damage when handling a personal injury case involving chronic back pain. Chronic back pain can diminish a person’s quality of life and make it difficult for them to be physically active. Time with family, daily functions, and hobbies and interests can all be impacted by chronic back pain.

Finally, many people who suffer from chronic back pain also experience a loss of income. Taking time off work when back pain is too severe or when medical treatment is needed can be costly. If chronic pain is extreme, individuals might not be able to continue with their previous line of work. It is important to take lost wages and/or a loss of wage earning potential into consideration when seeking compensation for chronic back pain damages.

Proving the Costs of Chronic Back Pain

Demonstrating the losses that a person has already endured as the result of a personal injury is pretty straightforward, but how do we prove the long-term damages of chronic back pain for clients? Our attorneys rely on many different types of evidence to value the long-term costs associated with chronic back pain. The most valuable sources of evidence in these cases are medical records and witness testimony from medical professionals who can explain our client’s prognosis, and how it will impact them in the future.

Contact Our Attorneys

Personal injury victims who are dealing with chronic back pain should not have to bear the brunt of their physical, emotional, and financial damages. To find out how the personal injury attorneys at Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP can help you collect the compensation you are due, send us a message online at your earliest convenience, or call (209) 477-8171.