Loss of Abilities

Chronic pain forces you to consider your body’s abilities constantly. You must weigh what you want to do against what your body will allow you to do. If you push beyond this limit, what consequences will you pay? How long will it take you to recover? While all of this conflict occurs in your head, it equates to some very real loss of ability in the real world.

Many people with chronic pain cannot return to work after their injury, or must take a lower-paying job outside of their previous industry in order to be able to work. Lost career ambitions lead to depression and feelings of hopelessness. Of course, this is only magnified when you add in the lost wages and loss of benefits from being unable to complete your previous job duties.

But this loss of abilities extends far beyond the workplace. It affects all aspects of your life. Some people struggle to lift their children, or to continue to care for beloved pets. Some struggle with self-care. It is common for those with chronic pain to stop previous hobbies, especially those that require physical exertion.

Damage to Personal and Social Relationships

Between the pain, limited mobility, psychological effects and medication side effects, many with chronic pain after an accident struggle to keep up with their friends and family. It is difficult to maintain social relationships when you have little to no interest in going out, and may not even be able to participate in the things you used to enjoy. After the initial influx of visitors, friends often get busy with their usual routines and stop coming by or checking in on accident victims. 

Chronic pain patients may also experience problems in their marriage. Often, the marital relationship takes the brunt of the emotional issues tied to an accident injury and the resulting long-term pain. Pair this with the fact that libido is often the first casualty of chronic pain, and you will understand why marriages and other intimate relationships are often damaged beyond repair when one partner suffers a major injury.

Taking Steps to Recover Compensation

If you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain after a Georgia accident, the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, PC may be able to help you get compensation for your economic and non-economic losses caused by the accident. If a careless driver, business owner or other negligent party’s actions led to your accident, call us today at 404-474-0804 to schedule your complimentary case review. We can help you get the compensation you deserve. 

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.