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Expert opinion backs up chronic pain claim

Thursday, December 15, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Brynn Enros

The Supreme Court of Canada’s seminal decision in Nova Scotia (Workers Compensation Board) v. Martin [2003] 2 S.C.R. 504, marked the first time the court addressed the traditionally held view of chronic pain syndrome.

As there are no objective scans or other diagnostic tests to diagnose chronic pain syndrome, it is difficult getting a jury to believe that a plaintiff’s pain is real. Justice Charles Gonthier speaking for the court stated: “…despite this lack of objective findings, there is no doubt that chronic pain patients are...