Chronic Pain Syndrome: Damages For Minister Of Religion After Chronic Pain Prevents Her From Doing Her Job.

With all the talk of whether whiplash exists or doesn’t exist our client was put off pursuing a claim for compensation as she firstly thought that she would get better quickly and secondly that she didn’t want to make a fuss.

Unfortunately, her back problems along with the depression, fatigue, insomnia and nightmares that remained with her meant that however hard she tried she couldn’t go back to preaching, conducting funerals and marriages or working within the busy environment that she and her husband operated within as Ministers of Religion within the Church Army.

As a passenger in a stationary vehicle, the impact of the car she was in being hit in the rear threw her forwards and backwards in her seat and caused her physical as well as psychological injuries. The initial reports were optimistic but as her pain, discomfort and frustration continued, we sought the help of a chronic pain specialist who was able to confirm to the satisfaction of the Court that her symptoms of depression and travel and general anxiety as well as the ongoing intractable pain in her spine all were connected back to the road traffic collision.

With helpful pain management treatment and counselling, (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) after many years our client was adapting to her situation, with her compensation allowing her the security that she could fund any further rehabilitation she needed without impacting on her family and those around her and enabling her to give back to those that had helped her in the long battle with her health and with the system that meant that the other side argued that her problems were not connected to the actions of the driver who cause the collision.

Client Testimonial

“Thank you for all that you have done for us as a family and in getting justice, Your patience and support have been invaluable.” 

Debra Woolfson, a Director based in our Stockport office dealt with this case and says  “Chronic pain syndrome is a condition that is often misunderstood by medical experts in different fields and becomes more entrenched the longer it takes to get a proper diagnosis and a treatment plan. Our client’s despair at not being able to give to others as she was used to and having to accept help was something that added additional anxiety to her situation. We are really pleased that we were able to obtain the evidence necessary and use the court system to get her payments on account and ultimately a settlement that should help her to her back to what she is best at.”


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