Associated with traumatic injuries to the body, there are two types of pain syndrome that can disable individuals. They are known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). These syndromes are characterized by chronic pain that can be extremely debilitating and require extensive medical treatment.
If you have been diagnosed with either of these conditions, you may be eligible for legal compensation. At Michigan Injury Lawyers, our Michigan pain syndrome lawyers are supremely knowledgeable and experienced with RSD and CRPS. In discussing your case, we can thoroughly review the facts and circumstances surrounding your medical condition and your legal options in seeking rightful damages. Contact us today at (888) 454-0801 to schedule your free consultation.
What Are Pain Syndromes?
Two types of CRPS exist which have the same symptoms and medical treatments. CRPS-I is also known as RSD which has been found in people without a confirmed injury to the nerves. In patients with a confirmed nerve injury, the condition has been labeled CRPS-II. The pain syndrome generally affects a limb, such as an arm, leg, hand, or foot. Its cause is unknown because not everyone who suffers a trauma to an area of the body develops the condition. The cause of the pain, however, is believed to stem from damage to the peripheral and central nervous systems. The pain in the affected limb can range from mild to severe and be accompanied by other symptoms as well.
What Are The Symptoms of CRPS and RSD?
Symptoms of pain syndrome include a variety of changes in the body which can include:
- Skin changes, such as in color and texture, in the affected body part
- Changes in temperature in the affected limb
- Joint stiffness
- Loss of mobility and muscle coordination
- Problems with movement of the affected body part, such as a fixed posture or jerking, tics, or tremors
- Swelling in the affected limb
- Pins and needle sensation, burning sensation, or a squeezing sensation in the affected body part which can spread and even cross over into the opposite side of the body
- Increased sensitivity which can make even a light touch to the area painful
Causes of RSD and CRPS
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 90 percent of CRPS cases are provoked by a definite injury or trauma experienced by the patient. The types of traumas which typically cause these pain syndromes include sprains, strains, broken bones, and soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash, burns, and bruises as well as medical and surgical procedures. The symptoms can range in both severity and duration, usually affecting adults. RSD and CRPS are rare in children under 10 and in the elderly.
Legal Help from an Experienced Michigan Pain Syndrome Attorney
If you have been diagnosed with either of these pain syndromes, you may gradually recover or, in the worst cases, you may face long-term disability. Either way, your condition requires treatment, which can be long-range and expensive. You may also lose your normal capacity for employment due to the limitations of constant pain and restricted movement. Through rightful legal compensation, your pain syndrome can be adequately addressed medically as well as your other associated losses. Discuss your case with a Michigan personal injury lawyer today, call (888) 454-0801 to schedule your free consultation to learn more about your legal options.