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Workers dealing with chronic pain conditions deserve to live normal lives. At Prior, Criner & Edwards Attorneys, our lawyers are here to help ease the burden of your condition by defending your rights for compensation. No matter what level of pain you’re in, if you’re dealing with working restrictions, or cannot work at all, we want to help you find the best benefit options to help with medical costs and lost wages.

Contact our workers’ compensation lawyers to schedule a free consultation with us.

Long Term Pain

Long term pain, also known as chronic pain, is ongoing trauma that has lasting consequences and conditions on the body.

According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, over 100 million people in the United States live with chronic pain conditions. In some cases, people develop long term pain without any pinpoint of previous injury, but typically, chronic pain develops from previous injuries or pre-existing conditions.

Although long term pain is as equal to any other type of workplace injury, it’s also the most challenging to defend when seeking workers’ compensation benefits. It’s very common for employers to doubt or deny chronic pain claims because it could be from a pre-existing condition unrelated to an employee’s job or work environment. That’s why it’s essential to document medical tests and histories when applying for workers’ compensation in this circumstance. As long as long term pain began after a work-related injury, or if it’s pre-existing and worsened after performing work duties, employees are able to receive workers’ compensation benefits.

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Chronic Pain Disability Benefits

Employees suffering from long term pain are entitled to disability benefits under North Carolina and South Carolina workers’ compensation law. If approved for total disability benefits, which recognizes that an employee is permanently disabled and cannot go back to work, the employee may expect to receive weekly payments for life. This is determined by several factors that are determined by the North Carolina and South Carolina Industrial Commission.

Common Long Term Pain Conditions

  • Facial pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain

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Our Attorneys

Our attorneys specialize in workman's comp, personal injury, and dispute resolution services.

We have have a long history of building long-term client relationships founded on trust and mutual respect.


Frank Prior - Attorney

Frank Prior

With over 25 years of experience in civil litigation and thousands of cases mediated, Frank specializes in the fields of workers compensation and personal injury law.

Sherman Lee Criner - Attorney

Sherman Lee Criner

Sherman is Licensed to Practice Law in North and South Carolina. He has extensive education in law and the mediation practice, professional experience and impressive memberships in many noteworthy political, civic and business organizations.

Ashley Edwards - Attorney

Ashley M. Edwards

Ashley is a NC attorney and certified mediator in North and South Carolina, Ashley has represented hundreds of clients and mediated thousands of cases for attorneys, insurance carriers and private companies. 

Client Feedback

“These guys are awesome and care about their clients very much. I would suggest anyone hurt on the job to contact them. Cannot express my appreciation enough to them!"

Trevor P.

“Ashley Edwards genuinely cares about his clients and holds himself to the highest standards in all of his professional interactions. I am happy to recommend him to anyone who needs help navigating the workers compensation process."

Patrick H.

“Ashley has been practicing compensation law in the greater Wilmington area for 15+ years. I have often turned to him for advice and counsel. He knows the law, is trustworthy, listens to his clients, and fights to do the right thing for them. He is my first call!"

Channing E.

“Mr Edwards made my case feel like it was his most important case. He is so caring and attentive."

Renee M.

“This was the first and only law firm I contacted after being injured. Everyone there has been on point concerning my case and extremely professional. I highly recommend contacting workers comp first if injured. It will be as if it's the most important case they have and they will not disappoint. Thank you to the entire team."

Stephen H.

“Wonderful Experience under difficult circumstances. They helped me understand my rights and options under the law. Mr. Edwards took the time to help and meet with me whenever I had questions. He is highly recommended for his expert advice and service. "

Ashley M.

“This is the place to go if you get hurt on the job Ashley and his paralegal Janet are really nice and super easy to talk to and they take the time to really listen to your problems and get you the help you need and deserve."

Anthony R.

“They came out took out time to listen very smart he knows what he's talking about he heard me out and took my case under difficult sircumstances and i highly advise this is the law firm to consider."

Marlo C.

“Sherman is one of the best mediators that I know---he is extremely proficient in Workers' Compensation Law and he is an outstanding communicator. I give Sherman my highest rating!"

Peer Review - Lawyers.com

“Great Experience with a caring lawyer who took the time to actually meet with me. He handled my case to the end and explained everything. Highly recommended."


“Ashley is very knowledgeable and relatable to his clients, to opposing counsel, and to all parties when acting as mediator. "

Peer Review - Lawyers.com

“Ashley didn't always tell me what I wanted to hear but he always told me the truth. He is very knowledgeable and professional... I would highly recommend Ashley if you feel the need to hire an attorney. "


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