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Life with Chronic Pain can Cause Depression

Life with chronic or long-term pain is difficult and the depression that can accompany long-term pain makes it even worse. “Depression magnifies pain. It makes everyday living more difficult.”[1] Pain is considered chronic or long-term when it lasts beyond what would be expected from the original injury. This kind of pain can cause low energy, depression, and unusually high levels of stress hormones.[2]

Chronic pain can also disrupt sleep and make you more sensitive to other pain. You may even start to hurt in areas that used to feel fine. According to the American Pain Foundation, research shows that around 32 million people in the United States report pain that has lasted for a year or more – that means that one in ten Americans report chronic or long-term pain. Between 25 and 50% of those who talk to their doctors about long-term pain are clinically depressed.[3]

“People with chronic pain have three times the average risk of developing psychiatric symptoms — usually mood or anxiety disorders — and depressed patients have three times the average risk of developing chronic pain.”[4]

“Pain provokes an emotional response in everyone. If you have pain, you may also have anxiety, irritability, and agitation. These are normal feelings when you’re hurting. Usually, as pain subsides, so does the stressful response. But with chronic pain, you may feel constantly tense and stressed. Over time, the stress can result in different emotional problems associated with depression. Some of the problems individuals with both chronic pain and depression have include:”

  • Altered mood
  • Chronic anxiety
  • Decreased self-esteem
  • Family stress
  • Fatigue
  • Fear of injury
  • Financial concerns
  • Physical deconditioning
  • Reduced sexual interest and activity
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Social isolation
  • Weight gain or loss[5]

“Researchers once thought the relationship between pain, anxiety, and depression resulted mainly from psychological rather than biological factors. Chronic pain is depressing, and likewise major depression may feel physically painful. But as researchers have learned more about how the brain works, and how the nervous system interacts with other parts of the body, they have discovered that pain shares some biological mechanisms with anxiety and depression.”[6]

The combination of depression and pain is reflected in the circuitry of the nervous system. Pain goes both ways between the body and the brain. Normally, the brain interrupts the signals of physical discomfort so that we can function. When this shutoff valve is broken, physical sensations, including pain, are more likely to become the center of attention. The pathways of the brain that handle pain, including the brain’s center of emotion, use some of the same pathways for regulating mood. When regulation fails, pain is intensified along with sadness, hopelessness, and anxiety. And chronic pain, like chronic depression, can alter the functioning of the nervous system and make itself worse in a continuing cycle.[7]

From a common-sense view point, “’we know that simply having a bad headache or back pain for a day can affect our mood. Imagine having that pain every day for six months. It’s actually quite reasonable to expect anxiety and depression with chronic pain,’ says pain management specialist Hersimren Basi, MD.”[8]

If you have pain and depression because of an injury as the result of a someone else’s negligence, see a doctor, and, as always, please call Groth Law Firm, S.C. with any questions.  We are available 24/7 to discuss your options as the victim of negligence. Our initial consultations are always free.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice and should not be used as legal advice. It is not medical advice and should not be used as medical advice. The legal statutes, laws, and procedures contained in this article may not be current and may have been revised since the time of publication or contain errors. An attorney can provide legal guidance only after reviewing the details of your individual case.

[1] https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-chronic-pain#1

[2] https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-chronic-pain#1

[3] https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-chronic-pain#1

[4] https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/depression-and-pain

[5] https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-chronic-pain#1

[6] https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/the-pain-anxiety-depression-connection

[7] https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/depression-and-pain

[8] https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2017/08/why-chronic-pain-brings-you-down-how-to-feel-better/

Loss of Mobility is Scary

Loss of mobility can be scary. According to researchers at Harvard University Medical school, loss of mobility is not just an inconvenience – it is a major life-altering event. Anyone from the elderly to the physically active can be affected by loss of mobility. Sometimes it is the result of aging, but, just as often, it is because of an injury.

Loss of mobility “has profound social, psychological, and physical consequences.”[1] These consequences can be emotionally and mentally damaging. Imagine not being able to get up and move in an emergency, or not being able to make a quick trip to the store, or not being able to visit friends or family. Think about how many times a day you get up out of your chair and go to the bathroom, head over to the fridge for a snack, or simply go grab something you need from the other room. Now imagine not being able to do any of those things or being at the mercy of someone else to help you do them.

The consequences of loss of mobility are far-reaching. “Social engagement, the real life activity that results from association with one’s social ties, is important in reinforcing existing social relationships and provides a sense of value and identity,” and the loss of these ties can be scary and isolating for someone who has been injured.[2]

The loss of mobility is such a life-changing and scary thing that there are hundreds of websites and user posts dedicated to dealing with the fear and isolation that comes with the loss of mobility. Researchers pour thousands of dollars and hours into finding ways to help reduce the fear that results from a loss of mobility after an injury.

One study of active individuals showed that, unlike those who could continue their activities, the individuals who were stopped from taking part in activities for as little as two weeks resulted in “significantly greater symptoms of psychological distress, including depression, anxiety, confusion, over-all mood disturbance, and lower self-esteem.”[3]

For a normally active individual, not being able to be active for a little as two weeks can result in depression, anxiety, and lowed self-esteem. Two weeks is enough for depression and anxiety, imagine the effect of a life-time of lost mobility.

According to the Shepheard Center, a non-profit hospital, people who suffer a loss of mobility are likely to go through the same stages of grief as those who have lost a loved one – denial, disbelief, sadness, and anger.[4] Long-lasting or permeant loss of mobility can cause someone the same type of emotional distress—the same sadness and fears—as someone who has lost a loved one.

If you have lost mobility because of an injury as the result of a someone else’s negligence, see a doctor, and, as always, please call Groth Law Firm, S.C. with any questions.  We are available 24/7 to discuss your options as the victim of negligence. Our initial consultations are always free.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice and should not be used as legal advice. It is not medical advice and should not be used as medical advice. The legal statutes, laws, and procedures contained in this article may not be current and may have been revised since the time of publication or contain errors. An attorney can provide legal guidance only after reviewing the details of your individual case.

[1] https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/two-questions-can-reveal-mobility-problems-in-seniors-201309186682

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3683993/

[3] http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.2466/pms.1988.66.3.875

[4] https://www.shepherd.org/patient-programs/spinal-cord-injury/after-rehab/adapting-to-loss-of-mobility

Mold Exposure a Real Threat to Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), indoor mold grows best in damp and humid conditions, but spores from mold can survive even harsh dry conditions. Molds are a type of fungi that are found both indoors and out. 

Areas like basements, laundry rooms, and bathrooms are common places for mold growth because they tend to be generally damp and humid. But mold can also result from negligence; for example, from leaky pipes in walls, water damage from roof leaks, or flooded basements from improper drainage. Just because you can’t see the mold doesn’t mean it’s not there – any major water spill could result in harmful mold.

For those with sensitivity to mold, “exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation.”[1] More severe reactions are also possible, including, in rare circumstances, mold infection of the lungs.[2]

The Institute of Medicine, in 2004, “found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; [and] with asthma symptoms in people with asthma . . .”[3]

According to the CDC, the specific type of mold does not generally matter; if you are sensitive to mold and see mold in your home, you should have it removed. Even small amounts of mold can cause health problems for individuals with mold sensitivity. “Standards for judging what is and what is not an acceptable or tolerable quantity of mold have not been established.”[4]

When should you see a doctor? According to the CDC, if you have been exposed to mold and think you are suffering symptoms as a result, you should see your family doctor. Your doctor can then diagnose if you have a mold allergy or infection and may refer you to a specialist.

If you think you’ve been exposed to mold due to negligence and suffered an injury as a result, see a doctor, and, as always, please call Groth Law Firm, S.C. with any questions. We are available 24/7 to discuss your options as the victim of negligence that has caused you injury. Our initial consultations are always free.

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

[2] https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

[3] https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

[4] https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

“One incident is too many” – Sexual Assaults at Spa Chain

“One incident is too many”

At least 180 sexual assaults have been reported against the national spa chain Massage Envy. Massage Envy in their response to an inquiry by USA Today stated that “We believe that even one incident is too many.” However, according to investigations by Buzzfeed, 180 is merely the number of reported incidents and that there may be many more assault allegations that were settled by Massage Envy without publicity.

The sexual assault claims against Massage Envy come amidst a flurry of recent allegations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. More victims may be coming forward now as the discourse over sexual assault becomes more open and accepting after years of social stigma.

Decades of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein becoming known have brought more media attention to sexual assault and harassment. Seeing people like Iron Man co-star Gwyneth Paltrow, Game of Thrones star Lena Headey, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star and Old Spice promoter Terry Crews come forward and name their alleged assaulters and harassers, may make victims more comfortable discussing their own assaults.

Massage Envy has locations in 49 states, including 14 locations in Wisconsin, most of which are in the greater Milwaukee area. As has been widely discussed in the coverage of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged assaults and now with Massage Envy, depending on the circumstances, sexual assault and or harassment can create civil liability and leave the assaulter or harasser open to a civil case.

If you have been the victim of sexual assault you have several options:

  • Contact the police to file a report
  • See a doctor for any medical related concerns
  • Contact a victims’ support line

If you are the victim of sexual assault, you may also want to contact a personal injury attorney to discuss any legal options you have, up to and including a civil case against your attacker. As always, please call Groth Law Firm, S.C. to speak with our dedicated and compassionate attorneys about any questions you have. We are available 24/7 to discuss your options as a victim. Our initial consultations are always free.  We have one of the few attorneys in Wisconsin that has taken attackers to trial and obtained judgments for compensation.



After a Car Crash Video


A car crash happens. Your car is totaled. You need to take off work to go to the doctor, then PT, then follow up appointments. It seems every few hours the insurance company for the at fault person calls, then sends letters then someone shows up at your house. You need to concentrate on getting better and getting the right medical care. That’s one of the benefits of hiring a personal injury law firm. Groth Law Firm, S.C. has decades of experience helping injured people. Our firm is there from the very beginning and are only paid if you win. No risk and much, much less stress. Call or text Groth Law Firm, S.C. 414-375-2030 or go to www.grothlawfirm.com


Apps to Stop Texting While Driving

I found this interesting article about various apps that will prevent a phone from texting while driving.  The app works with the phone’s GPS to see how fast the phone is moving.  If it is moving faster than a person can walk the phone is blocked from texting.  I haven’t tried it.  In theory it would prevent someone from texting while driving a car or while on a bike or bicycle.  If you are a passenger in a car you can answer a timed question to unlock the app.  Maybe a good idea for parents with teenage kids. 

A Few Wisconsin Bike Laws

Wisconsin has numerous laws in place to ensure that the roads are safe for bikes.  Following laws regarding bicycling can help reduce the number of bike accidents and make the roads safer for bikes and cars alike.

Wisconsin Statute 346.075 provides that cars must give bikes a minimum of three feet of space when they are passing a bike.  Bikes must also allow at least three feet when they are passing another car or a stationary object in the street including parked cars. Wisconsin Statute 346.24 says if a car is stopped to yield right of way to someone on a bike, it is illegal for any approaching car to pass the stopped car.  Finally, according to 346.804, if local law permits riding a bicycle on a sidewalk, they must yield right of way to any pedestrians on the sidewalk.

If you have any questions regarding a bike accident or any other personal injury questions, feel free to contact Groth Law Firm, S.C. Groth Law Firm, S.C. has offices to meet with clients in Brookfield, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Marinette.

Truck Accidents In Wisconsin

Wisconsin is home to more than 5,740 for-hire and private interstate trucking businesses.  The corridor from Chicago, Illinois to Oshkosh, Wisconsin is especially loaded with trucks delivering loads. 

As the trucking industry grows and more and more trucks are on the road the likelihood of crashes also increases.  Here are a few thoughts you should consider when hiring a Wisconsin Truck Accident Attorney:

Big rig crashes often have fatal consequences, which is why you need to find a semi truck accident lawyer with adequate experience if you want to get this right.

1. Check the qualifications of an attorney before you hire one. This is very important, because you want to make sure that a lawyer is rated  “superb” according to www.Avvo.com and has published articles on practicing law. It is also essential that the attorney that you hire has recent courtroom experience.  The technology and strategy of trying a case has changed over the years. It is one thing to say “I tried a case and obtained a $1 million verdict” for an injured victim in the 70’s or 80’s.  Today’s trial experience is very different.

2.   Interview Attorneys!  Contact your personal injury attorney so you can meet up over a cup of coffee or lunch. A semi truck accident lawyer (or any personal injury attorney consider any personal injury claim) will more than likely be willing to do this, because personal injury attorneys know the damage that can be caused by a semi truck. 

3. Keep tabs on your case. Make sure that you tell your attorney to keep you updated on the status of your case. Do not call your lawyer each day, but just kindly ask if he could call you or email once every couple weeks for a status update.

4. Find a semi truck accident lawyer that is willing to try your case no matter what. Some personal injury accident want to pull out when it gets heated in the courtroom, so find a tough attorney that will demand justice for you.  Don’t fall for the attorney that says “I’ll settle your case in months not years.”  It is naive to know what the ultimate injury will be and how long a case will take to properly organize and strategize for a maximized settlement.

Follow these tips and you will be able to find a quality semi truck accident attorney in Wisconsin to work with you, and hopefully get you the compensation allowed under the law!

For questions about semi truck collisions in Wisconsin please visit www.grothlawfirm.com or simply call Attorney Jonathan Groth for the chance to interview him regarding your case (877-375-7001). 

Who is Watching You on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc.

I’ve presented on the topic of using social media and the internet as a sword and shield in litigation.   If you don’t think that insurance companies are trying to avoid liability by following injured parties on social media pages you are mistaken.

Check out this post from the Pennsylvania Law Monitor:

The Internet and social networking sites have changed the face of litigation in this country. However, there are some precautions that you can take to protect yourself, short of boycotting the Internet all together. First, be careful in reviewing the photos and posts on your social networking site. Remove anything that you would not want an insurance company lawyer to see that could help them defend against your case. Next, check your privacy settings which enable you to block certain people from seeing you on a particular site (Facebook allows this). It is also helpful to search your name in the search field and see what comes up to make sure it is acceptable (it is advisable to do this on Google and YouTube as well). Finally never accept friend requests or respond to emails from people you do not know.

Wisconsin Texting While Driving

In my latest post I talked about my last trial. In that trial I had to subpoena the defendant driver’s cell phone records. With the rise of collisions because of a texting or distracted driver this is something that every attorney really needs to consider doing.

Nowadays many injured car accident victims say that the other driver was on the phone or somehow distracted. It is very important that the at fault driver’s cell phone records are subpoenaed early on in the process. Luckily I did just that in this last case. I learned that certain cell phone providers purge their records after a period of time.

Before you hire a personal injury attorney be sure to interview them about their experience using cell phone records at trial and how (and when) they will go about obtaining the cell phone/texting records.