Chronic Pain is a Disease
Nearly every time I go to trial in a soft tissue injury case, I hear that the injury should have healed within 6-8 weeks, and any report of pain after couldn't be related to the crash. There's something wrong with that statement though.
My clients still hurt.
I don't care what your expert witness is saying about what SHOULD happen; about what happens to most people. That's not what's happening to my client.
My clients still hurt!
Well today, I happened across a TED talk by a pediatric anesthesiologist by the name of Elliott Krane. He determined that traumatic events can, in 1 of 10 people, cause a positive feedback loop, which changes sensory perception, essentially amplifying signals into pain. The pain is a disease caused by the traumatic event, and has to be retrained in a very specific way. The example he gave was the touch of a feather being turned into the touch of a blowtorch. That's an extreme example for sure. In one of his patients, it meant a simple wrist sprain turned into excruciating pain all up and down her arm.
I know when I first got into this business, I had a hard time with believing my clients and their pain. I couldn't imagine it, thus, it must not be true.
We're the truth tellers. We need to make sure we convey what's happening to our clients. We need to help the jury feel the blowtorch against their skin. We need to help them feel the paralyzing ache in their neck, making them unable to turn.