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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

Recently, Attorney Jonathan Groth was, again, named to the list of “Super Lawyers” in Wisconsin.  He was honored along with many other Personal Injury Attorneys in Wisconsin.  Congratulations to everyone! The list provided by the Super Lawyers’ Organization is:

SUPER LAWYERS WISCONSIN 2017

Personal Injury General: Plaintiff

 

Jason F. Abraham, Milwaukee

Timothy J. Andringa, Waukesha

Alexander S. Kammer, Middleton

Eric J. Haag, Middleton

Lee R. Atterbury, Middleton

Benjamin S. Wagner, Milwaukee

Byron B. Conway, Green Bay

Christine D. Esser, Sheboygan

Christopher A. Duesing , Lake Geneva

Colleen B. Beaman, Milwaukee

Craig A. Christensen, Appleton

D.J. Weis, Rhinelander

Daniel A. Rottier, Madison

Douglas E. Swanson, Waukesha

Edward John Vopal, Green Bay

Eric J. Ryberg, Madison

Jacob R. Reis, Appleton

James R. Jansen, Madison

Jason Knutson, Madison

Jesse B. Blocher, Waukesha

John A. Becker, Racine

Joseph M. Troy, Appleton

Kristin M. Cafferty, Racine

Laurence J. Fehring, Milwaukee

Molly C. Lavin, Waukesha

Peter M. Young, Wausau

Ralph J. Tease, Green Bay

Robert L. Habush, Milwaukee

Robert L. Jaskulski, Milwaukee

Steven T. Botzau, Racine

Susan R. Tyndall, Waukesha

Theresa B. Laughlin, Wausau

John A. Becker, Racine

Avram D. Berk, Green Bay

John C. Peterson, Appleton

Ardell W. Skow, New Richmond

Matthew A. Biegert, New Richmond

Lisle W. Blackbourn, Elkhorn

Christine Bremer Muggli, Wausau

Joel W. Brodd, Chippewa Falls

George Burnett, Green Bay

C.M. “Chuck” Bye, River Falls

Dean R. Rohde, River Falls

Steven B. Goff, River Falls

Tracy N. Tool, River Falls

John C. Cabaniss, Milwaukee

Allan M. Foeckler, Brookfield

Brett A. Eckstein, Brookfield

Patrick O. Dunphy, Brookfield

Robert D. Crivello, Brookfield

Sarah F. Kaas, Brookfield

William M. Cannon, Brookfield

Beverly Wickstrom , Eau Claire

Dana Wachs, Eau Claire

John L. Cates, Madison

Lynn R. Laufenberg, Waukesha

Mark L. Thomsen, Waukesha

Michael J. Luebke, Madison

Robert J. Gingras, Madison

Steven T. Caya, Janesville

Kelly L. Centofanti, Mequon

John D. Claypool, Appleton

Kevin Lonergan, Appleton

Michael S. Siddall, Appleton

Richard T. Elrod, Appleton

Frank T. Crivello II, Milwaukee

Michael I. Tarnoff, Milwaukee

Angela M. Dentice, Milwaukee

Howard S. Sicula, Milwaukee

Jeffrey A. Pitman, Milwaukee

Merrick  R. Domnitz, Milwaukee

Noah D. Domnitz, Milwaukee

Michael J. Donovan, Wauwatosa

Gregory J. Egan, La Crosse

Stephen J. Eisenberg, Madison

Eric A. Farnsworth, Madison

Tom Fitzpatrick , La Crosse

Paul V. Gagliardi, Salem

Dixon R. Gahnz, Madison

John J Gelshenen Jr., Madison

Russell T. Golla , Stevens Point

Jonathan P. Groth, Groth Law Firm, S.C.

Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and Brookfield, 414-375-2030

Charles E. Hanson, La Crosse

Webster A. Hart, Eau Claire

Ryan J. Hetzel, West Bend

Ann S. Jacobs, Milwaukee

Bob Janssen, Green Bay

Anthony J. Skemp, Oak Creek

Kevin R. Martin, Oak Creek

Michael J. Jassak, Oak Creek

Robert Kasieta, Middleton

Steven G. Kluender, Madison

Nicholas E. Petty, Milwaukee

Timothy S. Knurr, Milwaukee

Keith R. Stachowiak, Milwaukee

Kevin J. Kukor, Milwaukee

Michael L. Laufenberg, West Bend

David P. Lowe, Milwaukee

Lincoln K. Murphy, Racine

Frank T. Pasternak, Brookfield

Jeffrey R. Zirgibel, Brookfield

William M. Pemberton, Baraboo

Douglas J. Phebus, Milwaukee

Gregory A. Pitts, Racine

James A. Pitts, Racine

Ken Quincy, Beaver Dam

Michael Riley, Madison

Paul J. Scoptur , Milwaukee

Christopher D. Stombaugh, Platteville

Christopher L. Strohbehn, Milwaukee

Jay A. Urban, Milwaukee

Joseph Welcenbach, Milwaukee

Joseph J. Welcenbach, Milwaukee

Daniel D. Whetter, Green Bay

Jeffrey P. Zarzynski, Milwaukee

 

Congrats to everyone!

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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

Three Reasons to Act Sooner Rather Than Later

In Wisconsin, the statute of limitations on most personal injury claims is three years. This means that you may have up to three years to file a lawsuit on your personal injury claim. However, this does not mean that you should sit on your claim for three years and wait to recover. There are several reasons why it makes sense to reach out to an attorney sooner, rather than later.  Here are three of these reasons:

Notice of Claim Required to Sue Cities, the State, or their Agencies

If you want to make a claim against a city, state, or the agencies of a city or state, the law requires you to satisfy Wisconsin Statute 893.80. This statute requires you to notify a public entity within one hundred and twenty (120) days from the time of the incident. If you do not notify that public entity, and if they do not have actual notice of a claim, then the law will bar your claim. This is why it is particularly important to act urgently when suing a public body.

The Closer You are to the Incident, the Fresher the Evidence

You hire a lawyer for their expertise in the law and their ability to get you the remedy you want and deserve, but common sense is also important. Being earnest and urgent in pursing your case as quickly as possible is a common sense situation.  As time passes, memory fades, and evidence gets stale.  While the common personal injury statute of limitation is three years in Wisconsin, the closer in time to the incident, the fresher the evidence will be. The fresher the evidence, the more persuasive it will be to a court or insurance company.

It’s Your Money, Why Let the Insurance Company, or Anyone Else Hold on to it?

This is another reason that can be filed under the category of common sense.  The time-value of money allows you to do more with your money when you have it in your possession.  The longer someone else has your money, the less good it can do for you.  The sooner you talk to a lawyer to start a claim, the sooner you can get your settlement, and the sooner you can use your money.

Contact a Milwaukee Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured because of another entities’ negligence, don’t delay. Contact the attorneys at Groth Law Firm for a free consultation and case review. We work hard to provide you with quality representation and assistance in getting the compensation you deserve.

Uninsured Motorist In Wisconsin

What happens if you are involved in an auto accident and the at fault person says they have no insurance.  How do you know if they are lying?

One of the “tricks of the trade” is using the State’s resources and power to pull the at fault driver’s license for a year or until payment of damages is made.

The form that is sometimes used is t342.   I suggest you call the Wisconsin DMV or a person injury attorney with any questions about what to do when confronted with this situation.

Jury Trials – The Importance of Facts

If you don’t read Anne Reed’s blog then you’ve been missing out on a ton of great tips and news related to jury trials.  It’s on my IGoogle page and I anxiously await every post.

Anne’s latest post is about a personal injury trial from California.   In short, you can argue with emotion, logic or both but many times the facts themselves are the most powerful.

Anne will be speaking at this year’s Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference.   Don’t forget to register asap.

Nursing Homes Questioned About Dispensing Drugs

Check out this Journal Sentinel story about Nursing Homes.

Six nursing homes were searched by the DEA:

The nursing homes were:

Beaver Dam Care Center in Beaver Dam; Colony Oaks Care Center in Appleton; Heritage Square in Greendale; Mount Carmel Milwaukee in Greenfield; Village Gardens in Green Bay; and Woodstock Health and Rehab in Kenosha.

The story alleges that these nursing homes may have been dispensing prescription drugs without doctor’s authorization.

Rotator Cuff Injury

“Rotator Cuff Injury”

I think this is a phrase that is pretty widely used.  We often hear  announcers talk about a rotator cuff injury during a football game.  It’s pretty common.  But, this phrase is so widely used that it may not be completely understood.  Everyone assumes that everyone else knows what it means.

Well, the Doe Report has some medical illustrations of  a shoulder and rotator cuff.  Take the opportunity to look it over.   It is pretty interesting stuff.

Personal injury attorneys use these types of illustrations often to help teach juries about the objective findings of injury.  People can talk and talk but looking at picture often makes the information sink in.

Injury at Work

I was asked recently about a worker’s compensation question.  For full disclosure I handle only workplace injuries against third parties.  For example, if you are driving a work vehicle and involved in a car accident I would help you obtain compensation for pain and suffering, mileage to the doctor, doctors bills, property damage, rental vehicle and lost wages etc. This claim is against the at fault driver, i.e. the third party.

In addition to the claim against the at fault driver the injured person has a claim with workers compensation insurance.  These types of claims are called first party claims.  I don’t handle these.  But, I work with attorneys across Wisconsin who do a great job.

Anyway, the question was whether an employer can force an employee to sign a contract to waive any worker’s compensation benefits.

This is what I found from Wisconsin’s Office of the Commissioner of Insurance:

An employer subject to the Act may not withhold or
collect any money from employees or any other
person, including independent contractors and
subcontractors, to pay for worker’s compensation
insurance. To do so is illegal. Also, no agreement by
an employee waiving rights to compensation is valid
.
[s. 102.16 (3) and 102.16 (5), Wis. Stat.]

I hope this answers your question!

Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Wauwatosa, West AllisSheboygan,  Plymouth,  and Germantown.

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