Pain can last for a short period of time or it can endure for months or even years. When a California resident suffers from pain that lasts for at least three months, their soreness may be classified as chronic pain. Chronic pain can develop from a number of causes, some of which are related to workplace accidents and injuries.
Chronic pain can affect any part of a person's body but it commonly afflicts an individual's joints and back. It can begin when a person suffers a specific injury, such as a fall at work or a pulled muscle from lifting a heavy load. It may also develop if a person performs physical tasks over and over in the course of their work and their body simply wears down from the effort.
Chronic pain can be debilitating and can prevent a person from doing the job they were hired to do. When chronic pain becomes a problem, a worker may be worried that they will have to leave their place of employment.
If a worker's suffering is the result of the job they have been asked to do by their employer, then they may be able to seek workers' compensation for their chronic pain problems. Workers should not endure any types of injuries in the course of doing their jobs and, when they are hurt, their employers may be responsible for the losses they suffer. Individuals who have developed chronic pain from workplace injuries can seek the counsel of experienced attorneys.