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 Law Firm, we understand this syndrome imposes physical, emotional and financial tolls on those who fall victim to it. We are ready to help sufferers fight back.
What Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke describes CRPS as a chronic condition characterized by excessive or prolonged pain, changes in skin coloration or temperature, and swelling of the affected area. While most common in an arm, hand, leg or foot, this nerve disorder can involve any area of the body. Up to 70 percent of sufferers experience pain that spreads to other regions of the body.
Sadly, pain is a fact of life for the millions of people who suffer from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. In fact, the McGill Pain Index recognizes this condition as the most painful form of chronic pain. Also referred to as causalgia and reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, it is thought to be a result of nervous system dysfunction and can appear after some sort of trauma or injury.
What make CRPS so agonizing? With this condition, the amount and duration of pain far exceed what would commonly be expected from an injury. Symptoms often include:
- Burning pain and extreme sensitivity to touch
- Stiffness and swelling
- Deterioration in motor abilities
- Changes in skin color or texture
- Changes in skin temperature and sweatiness
- Changes in nail and hair growth
There is no cure for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. There isn’t even a clear diagnostic test. Instead, doctors take a full medical history and perform tests to eliminate other conditions. This makes getting a diagnosis difficult and arranging for adequate treatment challenging. Despite this, it is crucial for CRPS patients to 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, and various pain management therapies.
Unfortunately, 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 the inflammatory response associated with the condition and suggest that this indicates that 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:
- Automobile accidents
- Slips and falls
- Workplace accidents
- Surgery or incidents of medical malpractice
CRPS can appear immediately after an injury or surface years later. Regardless of the time involved, you may be entitled to compensation if you develop this painful condition as a result of someone else’s negligence.
How Can a Lawyer 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. While the condition affects each patient differently, CRPS is a debilitating condition that often requires a lifetime of ongoing medical care. The necessary care for the patient can be a very expensive proposition. It can also interfere with both the personal and professional lives of those who suffer from it.
If you or someone you love has been injured by someone else’s negligence, 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. To help ensure you achieve proper compensation for your injury, you will want to enlist the aid of an attorney experienced in handling CRPS claims.
At Rizio Law Firm, we know that the outcome of your 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.
We’ll fight hard to secure damages from the negligent party so that you can get the compensation that you deserve. To learn more about us or request your free consultation, contact us online or call 1-888-292-8888 today.