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Cross-border personal injury can have long-term consequences

So many British Columbia residents take frequent trips south of the border to go shopping, take in a live show or for other reasons. But sometimes it is easy to forget that any accident that causes injuries on the other side of the border will involve the legal and insurance systems of the two countries. Dealing with cross-border personal injury claims can be a daunting prospect.

Such claims can be even more complicated if injuries have long-term consequences, such as chronic pain. Car accident injuries can cause specific nerves to send pain signals to the brain. Occasionally these nerves are damaged in a way that causes them to continue sending pain signals to the brain for months or even years after the accident.

Nerve damage of this kind often occurs during back injuries. The damage can affect the brain in a manner that stops pain-suppressing brain chemicals from doing their job, causing the victim to live with chronic pain. Pain can be experienced in bones, joints, muscles and nerves — often the pain is experienced in multiple locations at the same time.

Dealing with crash-related chronic pain can be challenging, while medical expenses mount and lost work time causes additional financial problems. This is where the skills of an experienced British Columbia cross-border personal injury lawyer come in. Legal counsel can protect the rights of the accident victim, and provide the necessary support and guidance throughout ensuing legal proceedings in pursuit of damage recovery. A lawyer can also help with documenting claims for expected future financial losses and emotional damages like loss of life enjoyment.