One of the main problems surrounding symptoms of chronic pain is how it influences every aspect of your life. Chronic pain is often not a disorder that changes its symptoms or decreases across situations. Due to this, chronic pain can lead to problems in other aspects of your life, such as socially, athletically, and in workplace performance.
An article by Human Resource Executive Online addressed this problem in one of their online articles. According to the article, HR professionals have an obligation to look for the signs of chronic pain and approach employees about it when appropriate. Additionally, these professionals should familiarize themselves with the laws and regulations surrounding disabilities (professionally diagnosed chronic pain is considered both a medical condition and a disability). Workers with chronic pain do have rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act. The article also acknowledged that chronic pain can carry stigma for the suffer, so HR representatives should be sensitive when broaching the subject. Many companies also have infrastructure in place to support people with disabilities, so HR representatives should work to try and get those services put in place for the sufferer of chronic pain. Overall, it is prudent on the part of the employee and HR representative to work together to discuss the medical condition and come to grips with how that will affect their job performance.
Chronic pain is a tricky diagnosis in terms of finding the right medication combination that will work, but will not lead to overmedication. Working with your physician and seeing what is right for you is the only way to find an effective, realistic pain management treatment. If you would like more information about chronic pain as it relates to your personal injury claim, contact our Altoona, Pennsylvania, law firm by calling 814-946-4100.
Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer practicing in the western and central Pennsylvania region. For more information on his firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100.