After being injured in a serious
car accident, immediate medical attention should be delivered to the most grievous
of wounds, such as damage to the spinal cord, fractures, and lacerations.
From an outside perspective, it can seem like everything is “fine” once the
most serious injuries are treated and addressed. To the person who has been hurt, they may now
face a lifetime of chronic pain in joints, muscles, nerves, and other
Diagnosing chronic pain after a car accident is often either difficult
or simplified too much. Doctors may be quite to prescribe some painkillers
and cross their fingers, not realizing the full extent of what chronic
pain can cause. In addition to causing physical disabilities, people who
experience chronic pain report that it can take a psychological toll on
them as well.
Chronic pain may be linked to mental disorders and emotional trauma, such as:
- Exhaustion and apathy
- Depression and anxiety
- Abnormal mood swings
- Uncharacteristic irritability
- Reclusion and antisocial behavior
Chronic pain’s effects on the mind can even lead to a weakened immune
system. An increase in colds and flus throughout the years only exacerbates
an already difficult situation.
How Can Chronic Pain Be Treated?
The first thing you should do is start keeping a private journal of all
your symptoms and issues you experience since your car accident and the
beginning of your chronic pain. Your physician’s diagnosis will
be more accurate if you can provide more evidence of the condition. Speak
to them about pain management techniques that you are comfortable with
and ask about new treatments. Due to the emotional damage chronic pain
can cause, it is important to explore psychiatric options or cognitive
therapy sessions. Once again, the more information you can give a psychologist
about the numerous facets of your chronic pain, the better they should
be able to help you overcome the psychological side effects.
It is also crucial that you do this as soon as possible. If your chronic
pain can be linked to the injuries you suffered in a serious car accident
that was not your fault, you may be able to receive compensation for your
medical treatments. Talk to a Shreveport personal injury attorney from
Morris, Dewett & Savoie, LLC today about seeking compensation that
accounts for the lifelong treatments you may require for your chronic
pain before Louisiana State personal injury statutes of limitation prevent
you from filing a claim at all. Call
888.492.5532 or schedule an
initial consultation online now.