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Chronic Pain and Disability Benefits

Chronic Pain and Disability Benefits

Life can be painful, and we all have had some experiences in having to deal with pain to some extent, but chronic pain is something different.  Chronic pain is defined as pain which limits one’s activities and lasts for at least 6 months-and it can be a lifetime problem.

Chronic pain often starts with an injury. After the acute issue resolves, pain takes on a life of its own due to how pain information is processed in the nervous system.  Even slight injuries can sometimes cause the pain disorder Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)(CRPS/RSD), which is a terrible and disabling condition.  Additionally, sometimes people suffer from chronic joint pain for no known reason; this condition is known as fibromyalgia.

Persons who suffer from a chronic pain disorder often also suffer with fatigue, joint stiffness, and can lead to anxiety and depression, and for persons who have underlying mental problems-chronic pain can aggravate their psychological issues, making the effects of the work injury even worse.  On top of this, suffers of chronic pain also have to deal with the side effects of the pain medication they have to take for their condition, which can affect one both cognitively and emotionally.

Chronic pain affects your thinking; when the pain is bad, all you can think about it stopping the pain-job duties are irrelevant. It is hard to remember what happens if you are taking pain medication, much less do any job with any degree of competence. In such a situation, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.

Additionally, if you have developed chronic pain syndrome as a result of a job injury, then under Alabama’s Workers Compensation laws, your condition is supposed to be covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier.  This means that if your treating physician refers you to a pain management doctor (a physiatrist), then workers’ comp has to send you to see a specialist.  Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for workers comp to try and avoid following through with this referral, and when they hesitate in doing what the law-that is when an experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyer can be invaluable.

If you live in Alabama and have been suffering with from Chronic Pain Syndrome, or if you are having to deal with the effects of chronic pain related to a job injury, and you have questions about your right to Social Security Disability benefits or Alabama Workers Compensation benefits, don’t give up; call and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Social Security Disability attorneys at Powell and Denny today for a free consultation. Appointments are available in person, or virtually via Zoom if more convenient.

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