Pain Expert Witnesses and Chronic Pain

How pain experts can help with personal injury and clinical negligence claims

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is defined as pain which persists beyond the normal time taken for healing. But chronic pain is poorly understood and often treated with poor outcomes. Chronic pain can affect all age groups and the pain can be localised or widespread. Chronic pain affects the nervous system in many ways, and may lead to low mood, poor sleep, impaired function and a reduced quality of life. However, the way in which people respond to pain and chronic pain disorders varies from person to person. There are many factors which affect the way one person may respond to chronic pain compared to another person.

What sorts of conditions lead to chronic pain?

  • Abdominal Cutaneous Nerve Entrapment Syndrome
  • Back Pain
  • Chronic Abdominal Pain
  • Chronic Facial Pain
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME
  • Chronic Migraine
  • Chronic Pelvic pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain
  • Dorsal Scapular Nerve Entrapment Syndrome
  • Failed Back Surgery
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Intercostal Neuralgia
  • Knee Pain
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Opioid Dependence
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Post Hernia Pain
  • Persistent post-surgical Pain
  • Post Herpetic neuralgia
  • Pudendal neuralgia
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spondylosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Supraorbital Neuralgia
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Whiplash
Chronic pain

What is a pain expert?

Pain experts are consultants who specialise in the assessment, diagnosis and management of chronic pain.  Pain specialists may come from a variety of backgrounds but commonly, pain management is provided by anaesthetists who have specialist knowledge in, and specialist techniques for, pain management.

Why might you require a pain expert witness?

In cases where chronic pain arises from personal injury or clinical negligence, a pain expert witness may be required to assess the condition and prognosis.  A pain expert witness may also be asked to comment on causation, or whether an index event had a contributory effect on the development of chronic pain.  In some cases, the opinion may be sought to determine whether an existing pain disorder has been worsened by the index event.

In successful claims, chronic pain conditions may lead to high value compensation and damages because they often involve a high extent of pain and suffering, and over an extended period of time. Also, chronic pain almost always has a significant impact on the claimant’s enjoyment of life and ability to work.  Therefore, seeking reliable and accurate evidence from a pain expert is key.

Personal injury claims involving chronic pain:

  • Road traffic incidents
  • Incidents at work
  • Industrial accidents
  • Trips
  • Falls from height

Clinical negligence claims arising from chronic pain

Successful claims of chronic pain due to clinical negligence have to demonstrate breach of duty. Clinical negligent care is treatment or care which falls below medically acceptable standards (care which no competent or responsible doctor in the relevant field of medicine would have given). Examples of negligent care include misinterpretation of investigations, misdiagnosis, and inappropriate treatment.

What pain experts does Expert Court Reports have?

We work with Dr Jonathan Rajan, an experienced Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia. As with all our experts, Dr Rajan will only take a case which falls safely into his area of expertise. This is the mark of a good and reliable expert witness.

How quickly can you provide a report?

At Expert Court Reports Ltd, we understand the pressures of the legal profession.  We recognise that litigation is subject to defined timescales and for this reason, we will be as flexible and accommodating as we are able to be.  However, we pride ourselves on not promising work that cannot be reliably delivered within a given timescale.  The quality of the evidence which is provided by our experts is subject to review and scrutiny.  All expert reports are subject to a detailed and robust proofreading process to ensure that our expert evidence is accurate and expertly formatted.

How quickly can you provide a report?

At Expert Court Reports Ltd, we understand the pressures of the legal profession.  We recognise that litigation is subject to defined timescales and for this reason, we will be as flexible and accommodating as we are able to be.  However, we pride ourselves on not promising work that cannot be reliably delivered within a given timescale.  The quality of the evidence which is provided by our experts is subject to review and scrutiny.  All expert reports are subject to a detailed and robust proofreading process to ensure that our expert evidence is accurate and expertly formatted.

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If you would like to find out more about how Dr Jonathan Rajan can assist you, please call us on 01865 587865, email office@expertcourtreports.co.uk, or request a call by completing our online form.

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