Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
You might be wondering how a Complex Regional Pain Syndrome lawyer can help you. If so, our CRPS lawyers at Rizio Lipinsky Law Firm have prepared the following information to answer the most commonly asked questions.
Living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is undeniably difficult. CRPS hurts, and beyond the pain is the fear and frustration of dealing with a disabling and poorly understood condition.
CRPS interferes with your ability to live life on your terms. At Rizio Lipinsky, we understand this syndrome imposes physical, emotional and financial tolls on those who fall victim to it. And our CRPS attorneys are ready to help sufferers fight back.
What Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
Medical professionals sometimes refer to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) as “reflex sympathetic dystrophy” or RSD. It is occasionally referred to as “Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome” by mistake.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke describes CRPS as a chronic condition characterized by excessive or prolonged pain, skin coloration or temperature changes, and swelling of the affected area.
CRPS usually involves an affected limb, such as an arm, hand, leg or foot. But this disorder can involve any area of the body. Up to 70 percent of those with CRPS experience pain that spreads to other body regions.
Sadly, intense pain is a fact of life for the millions of people who have developed CRPS. The McGill Pain Index recognizes CRPS as the most painful chronic pain condition. It may result from nervous system dysfunction and can appear after trauma or injury.
What make CRPS so agonizing? With this condition, the amount and duration of pain far exceed what one would commonly expect from an injury. Common symptoms of CRPS often include:
- Burning pain and extreme sensitivity to touch
- Stiffness and swelling
- Deterioration in motor abilities
- Color changes in skin
- Texture changes in skin
- Changes in skin temperature and sweatiness
- Changes in nail and hair growth
- Severe pain
There is no cure for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. There isn’t even a clear diagnostic test. Instead, doctors take a complete medical history and perform tests to eliminate other conditions, in the presence of CRPS symptoms. This makes getting a diagnosis difficult and arranging for adequate treatment challenging.
Despite this, CRPS patients must persevere. While clinical studies have not yet confirmed it, anecdotal evidence suggests that early treatment can limit the progress of this devastating condition and improve the chances of achieving remission. This treatment can include physical and occupational therapy, psychological therapy, orthopedic or neurosurgical procedures, spinal cord stimulation, and various pain management therapies.
Nonetheless, obtaining the necessary care can be both challenging and expensive. Unfortunately, individuals suffering from CRPS often find themselves battling depression, anxiety and mood disorders as well, which adds to their challenges. Further complicating matters, stress may aggravate the condition.
What Causes Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
Doctors do not fully understand the mechanisms behind CRPS. Some point to an inflammatory response of the central nervous system, the sympathetic nervous system, and the peripheral nervous systems associated with the condition. Many suggest this indicates it is a disruption in the healing process.
One thing that is clear is that some injury usually triggers Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. It can be the result of injuries suffered in:
- Car accidents / Automobile accidents
- Slips and fall accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Surgical procedures or incidents of medical malpractice
- Traumatic injury
CRPS can appear immediately after an injury or it can surface years later. Regardless of the time involved, you may be entitled to compensation as a personal injury case if you develop this painful condition as a result of someone else’s negligence.
How Can a Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Attorney Help?
When seeking assistance with CRPS, it is only natural to turn to doctors first. But they are not the only professionals who can be valuable allies in your fight against this challenging health issue. A personal injury attorney can help secure compensation for long-term medical bills, physical therapy, and other expenses associated with a lifetime of ongoing medical care.
While the condition affects each patient differently, CRPS is a debilitating condition that often requires a lifetime of ongoing medical treatment. The necessary care for the patient can be a costly proposition. It can also interfere with the personal and professional lives of those who suffer from it.
If someone else’s negligence has injured you or someone you love and the injury has resulted in the development of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and any associated medical expenses with help from a CRPS lawyer.
To help ensure you achieve proper compensation for your injury, you will want to enlist the aid of a CRPS injury lawyer with extensive experience in handling CRPS injury claims as a specific type of personal injury cases.
At Rizio Lipinsky, we know that the outcome of your injury case is personal; after all, it will affect the rest of your life. We’re committed to our clients, and over the past 20 years we’ve recovered millions of dollars in settlements for them.
If you have been diagnosed with CRPS, our team of dedicated personal injury attorneys and staff will work diligently to forge a clear link between your illness and the injury that triggered it.
Our legal team will fight hard to secure damages from the negligent party and their insurance company so that you can get the compensation you deserve and need. To learn more about us or to request your free consultation, fill out our contact form online, or call our personal injury lawyers at 1-888-292-8888 today.
- This article should only be used for informational purposes. It does not constitute legal advice, and it does not create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney in your community.
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