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Chronic pain due to injuries

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Bullet point icon Over 250 years of combined personal injury experience

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Why you need a specialist for your chronic pain compensation claim

‘Even medical and legal professionals frequently misunderstand or misinterpret the cause of chronic pain’

If you suffer from chronic pain you’ll know how it can affect every area of your personal and work life. You might find that doctors, insurance companies, employers and even lawyers misunderstand your condition.

A greater understanding of your chronic pain claim

Getting specialist legal expertise for a chronic pain claim is essential. That’s because there aren’t many lawyers with knowledge or expertise of this complex area. We have a team of specialists, including lawyers independently recognised for their record in dealing with all types of chronic pain compensation claims. They’ll take a sensitive and empathetic approach to your concerns.

You’ll also benefit from our links with the very best medical experts and pain management centres. They’ll work with you and our specialist team to achieve the best result for your claim. We don’t stop there. Going beyond your claim, we’ll help you secure long-term rehabilitation to improve your quality of life.

Chronic Pain is a disorder where psychological factors play an important role in its development. This disorder is often the reason why some accident victims suffer pain and/or discomfort from no obvious physical explanation. It is often regarded as the “invisible disease”.

Despite the lack of an apparent cause, the sensation of pain is physical and very real to the sufferer. This condition can be worsened by intrusive and unpleasant memories of the accident. If left untreated, it can cause severe distress and long term disability. If symptoms persist beyond six months, it can even possibly be too late for a cure.

Due to the imprecise nature of this illness, this area of personal injury litigation is extremely complex and requires expert understanding and analysis of the medical evidence. Insurance companies are generally suspicious about cases where an expert cannot explain the symptoms of an injury or conclusively attribute them to the accident. In the absence of a perceived ‘orthodox’ explanation, insurers may refuse to accept that symptoms have been caused by the accident at all. As a result, any compensation offered might be substantially less than had the injury been straightforward. We have an experienced team who are able to identify chronic pain cases at an early stage and ensure appropriate treatment is put in place to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

Our credentials

“What the team is known for:
Somerset-based practice that comes recommended for its focus on spinal cord and brain injuries. Also offers niche expertise in areas such as fatal accidents and animal cases. Demonstrates further skill in the area of asbestos-related diseases.

“I feel there is a strong culture within the firm that fosters excellence delivered in a friendly, approachable way,” reports a source.

Another interviewee states: “They are the best local firm for me to deal with as their whole focus is professional and efficient.”

Work highlights:
Represented a claimant who suffered serious brain injury, in a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority case worth £15.8 million.

Notable practitioners:
Stuart Brazington (Band 1) leads the brain injury team and possesses notable expertise in serious spinal cord injury claims. One source highlights: “He’s a brain injury specialist; it’s a tricky area and he’s very good at it. He knows a lot about medicine as well as litigation tactics.”

Senior associate Mark Hambleton (Associate to watch) offers particular strength in severe injury cases arising from accidents involving animals, sports and motorcycles.

Louise Hart is Recognised Practitioner.”
Chambers 2018 Somerset

“What the team is known for:
Outstanding personal injury practice adept at handling an impressive breadth of claims, including industrial disease cases, cycling accidents and equine matters. Notable expertise in chronic pain and fatal accidents as well as catastrophic injuries, with a focus on brain and spinal injuries.

Interviewees praise the lawyers’ involvement in each case: “They are very supportive of clients, you get the feeling that it’s not just business to them. They work well in teams, are responsive and quick to get back to you.”

Others agree, and attest the success of this ethos: “We were never made to feel like a case, we were treated with open communication as we if we were in a partnership. The attention to detail and professionalism of the lawyers led to great results.”

Notable practitioners:
The “tenacious and excellent” Ian Carrier (Band 1) focuses on catastrophic injury work, primarily spinal and brain injuries, as well as fatal accident claims. One client states: “He has strong communication skills, and excellent and far-reaching technical knowledge. We could not have asked for a better partners, it was just superb case management.”

Tracy Norris-Evans (Band 1) is highly reputable in claims of high complexity and severity including paediatric cases as well as those with complex neurological issues. One interviewee states: “She is very thorough and has an exceptionally good manner with clients. She is someone who inspires trust.”

Helen Childs (Band 2) is a specialist in industrial diseases and is especially noted for asbestos litigation. One client attests: “She is an expert in this field, which was paramount. She worked tirelessly and went to the moon and back for us. She was empathetic and genuine, nothing was too much trouble.“”
Chambers 2018 Oxford and Surrounds

“Royds Withy King’s personal injury team has ‘a wealth of experience and a very client-focussed approach’. It is ‘very strong on brain injury claims’ and provides an overall ‘excellent’ level of service. Particular areas of expertise include spinal injuries, chronic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, amputations, asbestos-related diseases, fatal accidents as well as claims arising from accidents involving animals, in particular horses. The ‘vastly experienced’ team is jointly led by Louise Hart and Stuart Brazington. The ‘tenacious’ and ‘knowledgeable’ Hart has ‘unrivalled’ experience in acting for clients who have sustained a personal injury with subsequent chronic pain’ while the ‘highly competent’ Brazington is ‘a very good strategist’. Senior associate Mark Hambleton, whose specialisms include sports-related injuries, is ‘client-focused’. The practice’s recent caseload includes representing a client who had suffered a severe hypoxic brain injury in a multi-million-pound claim before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) First Tier Tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.”
Legal 500 2017 South West

“The ‘excellent and forward-thinking firm’ Royds Withy King in Oxford, which ‘strikes the right balance through quality advice and great client care’, was created through a merger between law firm Royds and the Bath-based Withy King in September 2016. Team lead Tracy Norris-Evans specialises in brain injury and paediatric claims and also acts as a professional deputy, while the ‘experienced practitioner’ Ian Carrier is known for his spinal injuries and fatal accidents work and has ‘impressive attention to detail and case preparation skills’. Other notable individuals are Richard Brooks, who regularly handles animal-related claims and ‘knows equine matters inside out’, and industrial diseases expert Helen Childs. As a result of the merger, James Millar Craig, who gained experience in permanent health insurance cases, was added to the team. The ‘highly organised, knowledgeable and approachable’ associates Jennifer Seavor and Rachel James joined from Boyes Turner and Irwin Mitchell, respectively. Especially recommended in ‘asbestos-related claims’, Seavor represented a client who had developed mesothelioma through his occupation at a railway company from the late sixties to the early seventies; he wanted the claim to settle during his lifetime and accepted an offer of £230,000.”
Legal 500 2017 South East

We would like to thank Louise Hart for her advice and thoughtful consideration while dealing with our case. She was most considerate and efficient
Denise Webb


As part of the litigation process, we will instruct medico-legal experts to assess you and prepare a report for the purposes of your personal injury claim.
Chronic Pain is extremely complex. At Withy King we carefully select a team of medical experts and a barrister who will work together closely as a team to formulate the case.
We understand the importance of selecting experts who understand Chronic Pain.

We may instruct a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who might identify that there is a risk of developing Chronic Pain. If you are suffering from Chronic Pain then we may instruct a Consultant in Pain Medicine who will provide a diagnosis and make recommendations in respect of treatment. We may also instruct a Consultant Psychiatrist to report upon your mental state and/or a Care expert who will report upon care needs and make recommendations in respect of any aids of equipment which you would benefit from.

Contact one of our specialist Solicitors to discuss your circumstances.
We offer to deal with personal injury claims on a No Win No Fee basis and are happy to offer initial advice at no cost to the Chronic Pain sufferer. In the first instance, we will establish the facts of your case:

– How did the accident happen?
– Was the accident a result of breach of duty or negligence?
– Details of your injury and the effect it has had on your life.
– Details of your financial losses.
– You will need to keep a record of your symptoms and expenses and losses as they arise and keep documentary evidence (receipts/invoices etc.).

Once we have all of the facts surrounding the accident, your injuries and your current position, we will provide clear and concise advice in respect of whether you are entitled to bring a personal injury claim.

A claim must usually be submitted to court within three years of the date of the accident.
There are exceptions:

– Date of knowledge;
– Where a claim involves a child, court proceedings must be started 3 years from 18th Birthday.

The court has overriding discretion to allow court proceedings to start after the primary limitation period has passed.

If you think you have a claim, it is best not to delay. Enquiries need to be made and proceedings issued in Court within three years of the date of the accident.

Contact us to find out how you can have our team of experts behind your chronic pain compensation claim. Call us on 0800 923 2068 or email