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Chronic Pain Syndrome: Understanding Your Options

woman sitting on couch with hand on back due to lower chronic back pain

Hundreds of Canadians are hurt or severely injured in car accidents every day. Consequently, the injuries sustained in these accidents can often lead to the development of chronic pain syndrome.

At Feifel Gualazzi, we understand that chronic pain can take a toll on your emotional, physical and financial well-being. That’s why our team of lawyers is committed to helping you get the benefits you deserve.


Chronic pain syndrome is categorized as pain that lasts for more than six months, long after an illness or injury has healed. It’s unclear what exactly causes CPS, but medical professionals have determined that it often stems from injuries or conditions such as arthritis, broken bones, concussions, whiplash, fibromyalgia and nerve damage.

Furthermore, CPS can lead to other symptoms beyond physical pain, such as:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Insomnia

  • Fatigue

  • Irritability

  • Guilt

  • Marriage or family problems

  • Suicidal thoughts

Over time, being in constant pain can strain relationships and make it difficult to go to work and take care of daily responsibilities.

Lastly, if you or a loved one are experiencing persistent pain or distress following an accident, you must visit a medical expert to receive a professional diagnosis. CPS can be effectively treated using a combination of methods such as counselling and physical therapy. However, some individuals require injections or surgical procedures to help relieve their pain.


If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic pain following a car accident, you may be entitled to claim accident benefits. Regardless of whether or not you’re at fault, these benefits can provide compensation for many out-of-pocket expenses. Some of the expenses covered may include:

  • Ambulance fees

  • Hospital expenses

  • Medication not already covered by a private insurance plan

  • Assistive devices such as slings, crutches and braces

  • Housekeeping expenses

  • Childcare expenses

  • Attendant care and case manager expenses

  • Income replacement benefits

  • Caregiver benefits

As chronic pain syndrome is often an invisible injury, it tends to be dismissed by insurance companies. That’s why it’s important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to find out if you have a case. They can create a comprehensive strategy to handle your claim and file the necessary assessments and reports to prove the severity of your injury. An experienced lawyer can help you navigate the necessary legal proceedings so you can focus on getting the care and treatment you need.


At Feifel Gualazzi, our team has extensive experience representing numerous victims with chronic pain syndrome. We know these conditions can be devastating and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us at our office in Sault Ste. Marie for a free consultation.


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