Having a personal injury lawyer that understands Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is very important. CRPS can cause severe unbearable pain to an accident victim. Without a lawyer that understands the condition your recovery will be reduced. The Law Office of Carl Maltese has represented numerous victims of car accidents, construction site accidents and slip and falls that suffered from CRPS.
What is CRPS
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a term that describes excess and prolonged pain and inflammation that follows an injury to an arm, hand or leg. CRPS can be short term (acute) or long term (Chronic). CRPS can be caused in accident victims if they suffered a fracture, burn, cut, sprain, strain or had a surgical incision.
CRPS is a neuro-inflammatory disorder. The government classifies it as rare. Previously CRPS was known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and causalgia. CRPS occurs when the nervous system and the immune system malfunction as they respond to tissue damage from trauma. The level of pain experience by CRPS sufferers is measure as one of the most severe on the McGill University Pain Scale. CRPS occurs three to four times more often in women than men.
What are the Symptoms of CRPS
CRPS can inflict spontaneous, excess or extreme pain to an accident victim with something as mild as a touch. The symptoms include changes in skin color, temperature, and/or swelling on the arm or leg near the site of injury. The signs and symptoms of CRPS usually develop near the injury site.
Clients with CRPS often describe the pain as deep, aching, cold, stabbing, grinding, throbbing and burning. The pain is out of proportion to the severity of the initial accident injury. The condition can then cause swelling, unusual hair growth, unusual nail growth, brittle nails and hair, changes to the skin color, abnormal perspiration, and limit the range of motion of the arm or leg.
Thirty-five (35%) percent of affected people report symptoms throughout their whole bodies. Potentially any organ can be affected by CRPS. The symptoms may change over time and can vary from person to person. The symptoms can even change numerous times in a single day.
How is CRPS treated
The most frustrating part about CRPS is that there is currently no specific test that can confirm an accident victim is suffering from CRPS. The diagnosis will often be made with no testing at all other than the examination by a specialist. Bone scan testing will sometimes be used to support a CRPS diagnosis but it is not definitive.
The CRPS specialist will often treat CRPS with physical therapy, mirror box therapy, graded motor imagery, TENS machine, medication and/or a spinal cord stimulator. Most upsetting is that CRPS has no cure. The earlier this disorder is diagnosed the better the outcome.
If you suffer from CRPS from an accident you should have a lawyer familiar with the condition
The attorneys at the Law Office of Carl Maltese often identify the presence of CRPS by speaking with their client and reading the client’s medical records. Once we have identified the possibility of the condition we recommend the client see a CRPS specialist located in Suffolk County. The specialist then makes a diagnosis based upon the client’s history, physical examination and test results. The specialist will work in conjunction with the client’s orthopedist and neurologist. A team approach leads to better results for the client.
Due to the fact that many client develop CRPS sometime after their accident. Convincing insurance companies that the client has CRPS is very difficult. Having a local Suffolk County lawyer that has handled many CRPS cases may be the difference of a million dollars for the accident victim.
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