Every now and then, we get a case that is more complicated than a lot of our others. While these cases may be complicated for any number of reasons, one complication that we keep running into with these cases is a chronic disorder. When we use the term “chronic disorder”, we generally mean conditions that cause pain. This can refer to issues such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and even previous injuries that didn’t heal correctly. These tend to complicate workers compensation claims because insurance companies will try to use these conditions against your claim by saying that your pain is not from your workplace injury. It is cheaper for them to write something off as part of your condition regardless of whether or not it is consistent with any of your past symptoms. Due to the fact that each chronic condition is different and every person with a chronic condition experiences their disorder differently, arguing against the chronic condition claim is difficult. This doesn’t mean that you should give up hope! If you have a chronic health condition, you will probably have an extensively documented medical history, which is something a vast majority of people dealing with workers compensation don’t have. Some doctors even request that patients keep a journal. If this is the case, you should have a fairly good record of your pain and how it has changed since your injury. While this isn’t considered an objective piece of evidence, it can certainly help your case. After all, a personal journal that stretches back what may be years can help to back up your claims for what has happened recently. Suffering from a traumatic injury when you already have a chronic disorder can really throw your body off track. We often see that injuries like these can mess with someone’s mental health as well. Naturally, we want you to be healthy in all aspects of life, so be sure to keep an eye on your mental health as well as your physical health. If you have a chronic condition and have been hurt at work, call Collier today for your free consultation. We will do everything we can to get you the compensation you deserve so that you can get back to your old level of ability. We know that if anyone can fight for what they deserve it's you, so let us represent you in this new task!