Central pain syndrome is a neurological condition that occurs due to damage or dysfunction of the central nervous system. This is a chronic condition that can possibly develop as a direct result of trauma to the brain or spinal cord. If you or a loved one developed central pain syndrome from an accident that resulted in ta brain injury or a spinal cord injury, you could sue. For more information about the legal options available to you, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm immediately. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to understand your right to sue and recover the settlement that you are owed. If you are ready to speak with our experts, contact us immediately.
Some of the Personal Injury Accidents that can Lead to Central Pain Syndrome
Any incident that can cause brain injuries or spinal cord injuries (damage to the central nervous system) can potentially lead to central pain syndrome. Some of these incidents include the following:
- Trip and falls
- Slip and falls
- Assault and battery
- Auto accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, etc.
- Workplace accidents, including falls leading to workplace injury
- Medical malpractice, including injury after surgery or after stroke (including negligence during the procedure or misdiagnosis, etc.)
No matter the type of incident that you suffered that led to your central pain syndrome, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
More about Central Pain Syndrome
Central pain syndrome is a chronic pain condition in which the affected parties central nervous system is overactive due to damage – resulting in feeling pain even when there is no direct cause for the pain. The average person feels pain in response to something, whether it’s a pinch, a sprain, a fracture, or a more severe injury. With central pain syndrome, the affected party feels pain even where there is nothing causing the pain.
Central pain syndrome generally affects a large portion of the body, although it can be restricted to only certain areas (like the hands or the feet) in some cases. Those with this condition can experience a constant pain ranging from moderate to severe that is worsened by touch, movement, temperature, and even emotions. Affected parties suffer different pain sensations, including the following:
- Pins and needles
- Pressing, lacerating, or aching pain
- Sharp pain in brief but intolerable bursts
Typically, affected parties also feel numbness (tingling) in the affected areas.
Although central pain syndrome normally starts soon after the initial injury, development of the syndrome can sometimes be delayed by months or even years in some cases.
Unfortunately, central pain syndrome is a permanent medical condition. For some, pain management reduces the level of pain they experience, but most people never experience full pain relief. Affected parties are often prescribed antidepressants and anticonvulsants for the pain. In addition, stress management has also been found to provide pain reduction.
Do I Have the Right to File a Lawsuit?
Just like you would have the right to file a lawsuit for fractures or a head injury caused by an incident, you also would have the right to sue for central pain syndrome resulting from an incident. Many people mistakenly consider central pain syndrome and similar conditions as secondary because they occur as a result of the injuries sustain in the accident. Because of this, they believe that they do not have the right to sue. However, it is important to understand that if the accident and the initial injury hadn’t happened, then the syndrome wouldn’t have developed.
So, do you have the right to sue? Yes – you could have the right to sue. Depending on the specific type of incident that caused you harm, you could sue based on negligence, premise liability, etc. If you sue, you could be entitled to recover compensation for the harm that you suffered. For more information about your right to file a lawsuit for central pain syndrome after an accident, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm immediately.
The Categories of Compensation Available for Recovery
If you decide to file a lawsuit for the central pain syndrome that you developed as a result of a personal injury accident, you could be entitled to receive compensation, given that your lawsuit is successful. Although every claim is different, some of the categories of compensation that you could be eligible to recover could include the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost pay
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Legal costs
When you allow the experts here at our firm to handle your claim, you can trust that our lawyers will always fight for your right to recover the highest payout available. Whether we have to negotiate a settlement or take your lawsuit to trial, you can trust that our experts are ready to do whatever it takes to ensure that you are fairly compensated for the harm that you suffered. For more information about what you could potentially recover, contact us today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our firm has been approached multiple times with a number of different questions. Some of the most common questions surround possible case values and the typical settlement times. These questions are listed and addressed below.
What is the average value of a central pain syndrome lawsuit? The value of these types of claims can vary significantly from case to case. In general, however, these types of cases tend to be high value, often ranging from $500,000 to $1 million at a minimum. This is due to many factors. Primarily, the injuries – both brain injuries and spinal cord injuries – have historically been associated with higher values, as these injuries are among the most severe that could be suffered. Secondly, central pain syndrome is a permanent medical condition, meaning that affected parties will require long term medical care and could significantly lose their earning potential. Finally, the condition is known to lead to long-term mental and emotional suffering. All of these factors contribute to the generally high case values for this medical condition.
How long is the settlement process for central pain syndrome lawsuits? With any type of case, the time that it takes to reach a settlement is likely to vary significantly. This is because every case is different, and different factors surrounding the case can affect the time that it takes to reach a settlement. Here at our law firm, we are committed to settling these types of cases in as little as 6 to 8 months. As mentioned, different factors can affect the time that it takes to reach a settlement. You can trust that our lawyers will always be upfront with you. If we anticipate that your claim will take longer to settle, we will be the first to let you know. Even with some complications, most claims can be settled in under 2 years. However, some cases can sometimes take longer than 2 years to settle.
Understanding the Statute of Limitations
How long do I have to file my central pain syndrome lawsuit after an accident? This is one of the most important questions that you could ask. All claims are subject to a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations determines the total length of time that claimants have to file their claims. If claimants do not file their claims on time, then they risk losing their right to sue.
What statute of limitations applies to your claim? In the state of California, injury claims are typically subject to a two-year statute of limitations. This means that claimants have two years to file their claims. If claimants fail to file their claims within the two years allowed, then they can lose their right to sue entirely.
To ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the total length of time that you could have to file your lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm immediately.
Recommended Steps to Take after an Accident and a Diagnosis of Central Pain Syndrome
Consider some of the following recommendations:
- Gather all photographs of your injuries and of the scene of the accident
- Gather any video footage that captured your incident
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you have already treated your original injuries, seek treatment if you begin experiencing symptoms.
- Gather all relevant medical records
- Gather all records of lost income
- Seek legal assistance as soon as possible
After being diagnosed with central pain syndrome, it can be difficult to figure out what to do next. If you are unsure of your next step, do not hesitate to reach out to the experts here at our law firm. Our lawyers are ready to guide you every step of the way.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Were you injured in an incident? Did your injury lead to your development of central pain syndrome? If so, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit. It doesn’t matter whether the original injury occurred due to a workplace injury, a slip and fall injury, or even after a stroke associated with another incident, our lawyers can help you understand your legal options. Here at our law firm, our experts have decades of experience handling all sorts of claims and are more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your claim and recover the settlement that you are owed.
Are you ready to speak with our lawyers? Here at our law firm, we offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our lawyers will be able to answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you with all the information that you need to either begin or continue the legal process. If you are ready to benefit from these free legal services and speak with our central pain syndrome lawyers, contact us today.
We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee; therefore, our clients will never be required to pay any upfront legal costs for any of our legal services. In addition, we work on a strict contingency structure. Because of this, our clients will not be responsible for paying legal fees until after winning their claims. If you do not win, you simply will not be required to pay anything at all.
Contact us for a Second Opinion
If you already started the legal process elsewhere, we can still help you. Are you unhappy with the way that your case is going? Is your current lawyer not handling things effectively? If so, you might be pleased to learn that you can switch representation to ensure that a better experienced lawyer handled your claim and secures the settlement that you are owed. To make things as simple as possible for you, we offer free second opinions. If you ultimately decide to make the switch and allow us to handle your claim, you can trust that our lawyers will take care of all the technical aspects of the switch. If you are thinking about switching lawyers, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm today – we are ready to help you.