Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is one of many types of chronic pain that are not fully understood. Typically manifesting in the arms or legs, CRPS may involve symptoms such as:
- Hypersensitivity to heat or cold
- Chronic burning or throbbing pain
- Joint Stiffness
- Muscle tremors and weakness
- Swelling or changes to the appearance of the skin
- Sensitivity to touch
- Change in skin color or texture
- Muscle atrophy
CRPS can spread from one limb to another and, when not properly treated, may become a permanent issue. If you have been diagnosed with the condition, it is important to speak with an attorney so that you can fully understand your options.
Will I always be in Pain?
Victims of serious injury who have developed CRPS may feel intense and constant pain...for life. Muscle contraction can cause permanent disfigurement, impacting toes, feet, fingers, and hands. Atrophy, on the other hand, may result in severe weakness or even the complete loss of function in the impacted limb – and these things may happen irrespective of treatment, medications, and rehabilitation.
CRPS cannot be cured. It can, however, be minimized through a combination of medical treatments, medications, and psychological services. With treatment, around 85% of people with CRPS report a significant reduction in symptoms after just two years. While far from perfect, this can help make life for victims of serious and lasting injury much more enjoyable, productive, and satisfying.
You Need a Lawyer
Although its exact cause is not known, CRPS is recognized by insurance companies as a legitimate condition and most will provide benefits for victims of this condition. However, as is typical with insurance benefits, this will only go so far. If you are hoping for more substantial and long-lasting compensation, it is always best to work with an attorney.
Led by Jack Hickey, our legal team has decades of combined experience helping victims of serious injury get full and fair compensation. If you have been diagnosed with CRPS or any other chronic pain syndrome related to an accident, please call (305) 371-8000 to schedule a free consultation today.