Chronic pain due to injuries

Experienced team of passionate Chronic Pain specialists

Top Tier personal injury law firm

Clear understanding of Chronic Pain

Over 250 years of combined personal injury experience

Accredited personal injury solicitors

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. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are all very approachable and friendly, and I think that’s the culture that exists throughout the firm. They are a close-knit team.” “They have that mentality of looking after the client first as opposed to their own interests. They always do what’s best for the client.” Notable practitioners: Stuart Brazington (Band 1) offers particular expertise in serious spinal cord and brain injury cases. According to one interviewee, he “knows his cases extremely well” and “has good judgement about which points are likely to be important.” Mark Hambleton (Associate to watch) covers a broad range of personal injury matters, including animal cases, sports injuries and motorcycle accidents. Sources describe him as “always very impressive” and note that he’s “very good with clients.””  Chambers 2017 Somerset

“What the team is known for: Outstanding personal injury practice adept at handling an impressive breadth of claims, including equine matters, industrial disease cases and cycling accidents. Notable expertise in chronic pain and fatal accident cases, as well as offering significant experience in catastrophic injury claims. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They were all empathetic but businesslike, and this formed absolutely the right mixture. Their advice was delivered to me in exactly the right way.” “They were brilliant and supportive.” Work highlights Acted for a professional jockey in a claim arising from a racing accident in Australia that resulted in complete paraplegia. The case was partially tried at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Advised the widow of a man killed by a bullock, bringing precedent-setting liability claims under the Animals Act. Notable practitioners: Ian Carrier (Band 1) offers extensive expertise in catastrophic injuries, with a particular focus on spinal and brain claims. Impressed clients describe him as “very experienced and knowledgeable,” and note that he “has a genuine interest in you as a person.” He is also praised for his creative approach to complex cases. Tracy Norris-Evans (Band 1) draws on a wealth of experience in severe injury claims, including paediatric cases and those involving complex neurological issues. She frequently acts as a trustee in high-value settlements. According to one impressed source, Helen Childs (Band 2) was “absolutely superb from the outset” and had “phenomenal attention to detail.” She is held in high regard for her focus on major asbestos-related claims.” Chambers 2017 Oxford and Surrounds

“Royds Withy King sits on the panels for the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum and Headway. Department head Louise Hart handles amputation, orthopaedic injuries, chronic pain, PTSD and facial injury matters. Stuart Brazington is also recommended.” Legal 500 2016 South West

“Royds Withy King, Tracy Norris-Evans is renowned for brain injury and paediatric work, and ‘shrewd lawyer and tactician’ Richard Brooks specialises in claims involving animals. Also recommended are Ian Carrier, who is adept in spinal injury claims; and Helen Childs, who leads the industrial diseases practice.” Legal 500 2016 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

FAQs

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 pi.enquiries@roydswithyking.com