CRPS / Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Lawyer
Medical literature defines Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, as a progressive pain syndrome, characterized by severe pain that can be burning, electrical like or shooting. Pain is centered around the site of injury. Other symptoms patients with CRPS/RSD experience can include muscle spasms or atrophy, stiff joints, a decrease in mobility of the affected region. There can be skin changes like color changes, increased sweating, temperature changes ( the area feels hot or cold) or swelling. Hair and nail changes like increased or decreased growth, nails may become brittle and develop grooves. Patients may experience osteoporosis. The most dramatic symptom is pain. Sensitivity to even the lightest touch can have dramatic pain symptoms. Air blowing over the skin can even trigger this pain. Another component of CRPS/RSD is an immune system response creating inflammation in the surrounding injured tissues which results in pain.
Some days are better than others for RSD patients. The pain ebbs and flows in intensity, but at its worst it has been compared to the pain of a ruptured disc, or of childbirth. Some of our clients have told us they would gladly amputate their affected limb if it would make the RSD pain go away. But amputation would only increase the pain from RSD.
Types of CRPS/RSD
- Type I: CRPS/RSD, reflex neurovascular dystrophy without any evidence of nerve cell damage
- Type II: Causalgia with evidence of nerve damage
Causes of CRPS/RSD
CRPS/RSD is generally a result of a traumatic event like a bone fracture, torn ligament or automobile accident but may also result from an IV infiltration, surgical procedure, or injection placed incorrectly.
The belief is that the traumatic event sensitizes and excites the nerves in the injury area. The damaged tissues resulting from the trauma sensitize neighboring nerves which result in the hyper-excitability of the nervous system.
Early identification and treatment of CRPS/RSD is crucial in preventing further disability, debility, progression of symptoms and may facilitate remission.
If you have CRPS/RSD, we may be able to recover money for you.
We are a personal injury lawyer, licensed in Michigan, working with other experienced lawyers throughout the country, with the specific aim of helping injury victims. If you’re suffering from CRPS/RSD as a result of a personal injury or medical care, you need a CRPS lawyer who understands just how serious, permanent and expensive CRPS is. Contact us today for a Free CRPS Consultation at 1-866-321-7838.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is my CRPS case worth?
Valuing a CRPS case is difficult and depends on many factors, including the severity of the CRPS, the law in the state where the injury occurred (some states have caps on the amount of damages that can be awarded in malpractice and other kinds of injury cases), and how significant the economic damages are. Also, it is important to evaluate how likely it is that our client will win the case, and what the client’s doctor will say when asked if the injury is permanent, painful and disabling. Also, a case is never worth more than the Defendant can pay. If the case is against an individual only, the value of the case may be limited by the size of the insurance policy.
How long will the CRPS case take?
Each jurisdiction is different, but it is more common for an CRPS case to take a few years than it is to take a few months.
How much money will it take to pursue my CRPS case and who pays for those costs?
In almost all our cases, GorenLaw agrees to advance all the necessary case costs. CRPS injury cases can be very expensive and can cost tens of thousands of dollars: Experts need to be consulted in many fields. They are paid a high hourly rate to read medical records, research issues, consult with the CRPS lawyer. Besides expert consultants, money is generally spent purchasing medical records, paying filing fees and buying deposition transcripts of the witnesses who are interviewed under oath during the lawsuit. As CRPS lawyers, we understand that most individuals with RSD syndrome do not have the monetary resources to invest in a lawsuit, which is why we almost always take care of the costs.
Then how do the CRPS lawyers get paid?
Our team of CRPS lawyers work on a contingent-fee basis, taking a percentage of the amount recovered to pay our fee. Remember: we never get paid unless you get paid. Success has kept us in business for over 30 years.