Periodically, we get a case that is extremely complicated. While these cases may be more intensive for any number of reasons, one subject that we are called for is cases involving chronic issues. When we use the term “chronic conditions”, we are most often referring to ones that cause pain. This means disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, and other ones that are frequently difficult to treat under the best of circumstances. These tend to complicate workers compensation claims because insurance companies that are arguing against you will bring up these conditions in an attempt to convince anyone to rule against you. It is easier for them to write something off as a bad flair up, regardless of whether or not it is consistent with your symptoms.
Due to the fact that each chronic condition is different and each person deals with their diagnosis in their own way, arguing a chronic condition claim can be extremely difficult. Luckily, if you have a chronic health condition you probably have an extensive medical history in regards to what treatments you have gone through and what you have dealt with through the years. Some doctors even request that patients who have particularly bad cases keep a pain journal. If this is the case, you should have a fairly good record of your pain before and after the injury. While this isn’t going to be the most objective piece of evidence due to the extremely personal nature, it can certainly help your case. After all, it’s extremely unlikely that you wrote up years worth of journals understating your pain just so you could fake a workers compensation injury in the future.
Being hurt when you already have a chronic disorder can really set you back. Often, injuries like these can mess with your mental health as well. This means that you may be struggling even more than usual and should have someone on your side who can help fight on your behalf. If you have a chronic condition and have been hurt at work, call Collier Law today for your free consultation. We will do everything we can to get you the compensation you deserve, so that you can get the treatment that you need. We know how difficult it can be to keep fighting, but don't let your pain hold you back. Let us help you with this new injury!