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Making chronic pain believable

Thursday, November 03, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Kevin Smith

In over 10 years of providing expert medical testimony in chronic pain cases and speaking to counsel, I’ve learned that the perceived believability of the plaintiff’s pain condition is the most important factor in settling a file or gaining the confidence of the court.

Input from the appropriate medical expert is key. Unfortunately, there is a widespread misconception in our society that people who claim to be suffering from chronic pain are malingerers — particularly if the pain is caused by a so-called soft tissue injury....