CRPS Injury Lawyer
Reflex Sympathy Dystrophy (RSD), now more commonly known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), can bring debilitating, life-altering pain to those who suffer from it. Our CRPS injury lawyers are aware that those with CRPS may incur thousands of dollars in treatment costs but may be unable to hold down a job that would enable them to afford those costs.
In the majority of cases, CRPS victims suffered a traumatic accident prior to developing this painful condition. If the accident was the result of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness, the victim may be entitled to money damages that will help them afford their overwhelming medical costs. Contact a Texas RSD/CRPS lawyer at the Gilbert Adams Law Offices for help in learning whether you have a right to compensation after developing RSD/CRPS.
What is CRPS?
CRPS has been classified by McGill University as a condition that causes some of the most searing pain of any disease, with average patients reporting suffering pain with a rating of 42 out of 50 on the university’s pain scale. Victims report searing, chronic pain, most often due to an injury to a nerve. Typically, the pain is centralized in one extremity, such as a leg, foot, or hand. There is no one test to diagnose CRPS. Doctors may first conduct tests for other conditions which share symptoms with CRPS, such as Lyme disease, arthritis, muscle diseases, or other neuropathy, and if none of these are present, doctors may diagnose CRPS based on the patient’s symptoms.
Symptoms of CRPS can include:
- Pain radiating from the affected limb to the surrounding area
- Thin, shiny skin on the affected area
- Loss of hair or nail growth or changes in the sweating patterns to the affected area
- Stiff joints
- Trouble moving the affected limb
- Difficulty with coordination
- Higher sensitivity at the affected site that makes even normal touch painful (Allodynia)
Who is at risk for CRPS Injury?
In 90% of cases, CRPS sufferers are victims of traumatic accidents that caused the underlying nerve injury. While anyone can develop CRPS, individuals between the ages of 40 and 60 are most likely to be diagnosed with CRPS. Additionally, women are more likely than men to form the condition.
Injuries that are often cited as the underlying cause of CRPS include:
- Immobilizing limbs in a cast after a break
- Soft tissue injuries, including burns, cuts, and bruises
- Certain medical procedures where a patient suffered nerve damage, such as a needle stick or surgical mistake
Victims of injuries resulting in CRPS may be entitled to compensation after an accident that caused their condition. Don’t lose the right to seek money damages to help you defray the costs of an injury that caused your pain and forced you to miss work. The Beaumont accident lawyers at the Gilbert Adams Law Offices have fought for numerous accident victims and can help you get the money you’re owed when a personal injury robs you of your full physical health. Contact our offices today to begin the process of filing a claim after a Texas personal injury accident.