September is Pain Awareness Month
Personal Injury - September 4, 2013
September is designated as National Pain Awareness Month. The purpose of Pain Awareness Month is to bring attention to the very real physical suffering of an estimated 75 million Americans and to highlight the need for research and new, innovative treatment options. Pain touches everyone at one time or another. Pain does not discriminate; however, its treatment does. For many, pain goes away on its own or after a short course of treatment. But for others, pain becomes all-consuming, affecting every aspect of their lives. Here at Horwitz Horwitz and Associates we recognize the many clients who have been injured on the job or who have been in an accident and now experience pain every day.
What Are the Symptoms of Chronic Pain?
The symptoms of chronic pain include:
- Mild to severe pain that does not go away
- Pain that may be described as shooting, burning, aching, or electrical
- Feeling of discomfort, soreness, tightness, or stiffness
Pain is not a symptom that exists alone. Other problems associated with pain include:
- Withdrawal from activity and increased need to rest
- Weakened immune system
- Changes in mood including hopelessness, fear, depression, irritability, anxiety, and stress
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is a disease for which there is often little sympathy. This is because many people don’t understand it. If you have a broken leg, your cast tells people that you must be in pain. However, pain from a bad back rarely gets as much sympathy. Chronic pain frequently carries a stigma, and misperceptions of laziness or pain killer addictions follow. Often misunderstood, chronic pain is very real.
Acute pain is the response to an injury, and lasts until the injury is healed. Chronic pain persists, sometimes long after the injury has healed. In some cases, the injury never heals, causing an almost constant state of pain.
Some common types of chronic pain are:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Headaches or migraines
- Pelvic pain
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
Many people live with pain every day. In fact, one in ten Americans is expected to suffer from chronic pain at some point in their life. If you are reading this, you may have chronic pain or know someone who does.
Have you been personally injured either physically or emotionally as a result of someone’s negligence?
If so, you might have the right to compensation. Knowing your rights, understanding the personal injury laws, and getting the right compensation can be tricky. Not knowing if you have a personal injury claim can be confusing and every case is different, but you can speak with one of our attorneys about your case and your rights to compensation.
Being injured, physically or emotionally can be a tough time, with medical bills mounting up, taking time off work, and dealing with getting better can be a burden and a financial strain. Connecting with a local personal injury attorney and getting your questions answered could make this time a lot easier. There are many types of personal injuries that can happen when you are harmed by someone else.
Common Personal Injuries include:
- Car/Public transportation accidents
- Work Injuries
- Hazardous Exposure
- Defective Product Injuries
- Elderly Abuse
If you’ve been injured, or are suffering from a personal injury, a local attorney may be able to help answer your questions and help you get the compensation you deserve.
A personal injury attorney can explain some compensable damages you may be eligible to receive such as:
- Payment for Medical Bills
- Compensation for time off work
- Any Property Loss or damage
- Pain or suffering you experience due to injury
Working with a personal injury lawyer at Horwitz Horwitz and Associates can allow you to focus on getting better while they handle your claim and deal with the insurance companies on your behalf.
Call one of our attorneys today if you have questions about your injury. (800)-985-1819