It’s common for people to focus on catastrophic injuries and little else after a car crash. If they don’t have a spinal cord injury or head injury, someone hurt in a crash they feel lucky just to have less severe consequences.
While soft tissue injuries or chronic pain that result from a car crash may not be as catastrophic as other injuries, that doesn’t mean that pain is something you should ignore after a crash. In fact, those who have chronic or intolerable pain after a car crash may need to ask for compensation because of how the pain will affect their life.
Pain can affect your mental health, your work and your family
Chronic pain from an injury can affect you for years or even the rest of your life. You may have to take measures to manage your pain, such as the regular consumption of pain relief medication. There are dangers involved with pain management, ranging from hepatotoxicity caused by over-the-counter medications to the risk of addiction for those given prescriptions.
As if that weren’t bad enough, the pain itself can have a damaging effect on your daily life. There is a strong correlation between depression and chronic pain. Your mental health could suffer if you have to endure pain constantly every day. Your pain could affect your relationship with your family if it makes you more irritable or less patient. It could lead to resentment if it limits how much you contribute around the house. Chronic pain could also affect your work performance and career trajectory.
Filing an insurance claim for both physical chair and possibly psychological counseling to adjust to a life with chronic pain may be necessary after you are injured in a crash.