Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Lawyer

People tend to consult with their doctor if they experience abnormal pain. Usually, a medical professional can assess and diagnose a patient to treat the underlying issue. When a doctor cannot discern what is wrong, this can be very worrying for the patient. This scenario is often the case for the condition known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is a painful disorder that may stem from accidents or surgical errors. 

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of individuals who developed CRPS following an accident or surgery. 

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic and rare pain disorder. CRPS is characterized by excessive pain and inflammation, usually in the arms, legs, or feet. The medical community does not yet fully understand the condition, but CRPS affects up to 200,000 annually in the United States. Researchers speculate that injury to the peripheral or central nervous system may cause CRPS. With CRPS, the pain is disproportionate to the type of injury. 

There are two types of CRPS. Type 1, also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), occurs after an injury does not damage the nerves in the affected limb. Roughly 90% of people with CRPS have Type 1. Type 2, or causalgia, is easier to identify because it occurs after a specific nerve injury. 

What Causes Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Much mystery still surrounds this perplexing disorder. No one test can immediately diagnose CRPS. But doctors may use MRIs, bone scans, x-rays, and sweat tests to identify CRPS. People usually develop CRPS after some form of trauma or injury. Common causes of CRPS include: 

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Car accidents 
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Surgery errors that impact the nerves 

These are just a few accidents that may cause CRPS, but any instance of harm or damage can lead to CRPS. 

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Symptoms

The most distinctive symptom of CRPS is excessive and sporadic pain. Other symptoms that accompany CRPS include: 

  • Sensitivity to touch or cold
  • Swelling
  • Changes in skin color or texture
  • Joint stiffness
  • Muscle spasms

If left undiagnosed, CRPS may spread to other parts of the body. Without treatment, the condition can cause tissue atrophy and muscle contracture. In tissue atrophy, the muscles and tissue deteriorate if the person cannot move the affected limbs. Muscle contracture caused the affected limb and digits to tighten in a fixed position. 

Do I Qualify for a Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one developed CRPS following an accident or surgical error, you may qualify for a CRPS lawsuit. A CRPS lawsuit may help you recover compensation for: 

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and 
  • Other economic losses related to your injury

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome can result in costly medical bills because it is tricky to diagnose and treat. People with CRPS may require numerous trips to different doctors to identify the condition. Once diagnosed, doctors resort to various medications or therapies to treat CRPS. Patients may try pain relievers, acupuncture, heat therapy, bone loss drugs, and mirror therapy to improve CRPS symptoms. These medical expenses can quickly add up and overwhelm the individual. In addition to physical pain, CRPS victims may suffer mental exhaustion and anguish because of constant doctor visits and acute erratic pain. 

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 525-3529 or submit an inquiry on this page.