Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), previously known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), affects 200,000 people in the United States annually with many looking to find a CRPS Lawyer that can help. The hallmark of CRPS is chronic, localized pain in a limb that has suffered nerve damage.
There are two forms of CRPS:
- Type 1: Sympathetic Dystrophy
- Type 2: Causalgia
Sympathetic Dystrophy occurs when the damaged nerve cannot be identified. On the other hand, causalgia develops when there is damage to a specific nerve.
Causes Of CRPS
It can often be difficult to identify the origin of your CRPS. It can start from something as simple as a fall or fracture. Other times, CRPS can be the result of medical negligence. For example:
- Improper needle/IV removal or placement
- Incorrect placement of a cast
- Surgical errors
In the case that the CRPS was in the result of medical malpractice, you can contact a Complex Regional Pain Syndrome lawyer to see if you may be entitled to compensation.
The most notable symptom of CRPS is pain. Other symptoms include:
- Swelling in the affected area
- Sensitivity in the affected area
- Difficulty moving affected area
- Changes in skin color
- Changes in skin temperature
- Changes in hair and nail growth
Three Stages Of CRPS
CRPS develops in three stages.
- Stage 1: Pain and changes to the skin’s appearance.
- Stage 2: Muscle weakness, increased pain, brittle nails, and loss of hair in the affected area.
- Stage 3: Severe pain, tendon stiffness, and inability to move affected area.
Although there is no known cure for CRPS, it is important to diagnose in its early stages. Symptoms can worsen over time and eventually become permanent. Speaking to your physician about treating your CRPS can slow down its progression and prevent the spread of CRPS to other areas of the body. In instances where CRPS has taken place after a medical procedure, reaching out to a CRPS lawyer could provide legal assistance.
CRPS can spread to other limbs that did not suffer any nerve trauma. This is known as “mirror pain.” CRPS causes increased swelling and changes to blood flow, which can both lead to nerve damage in other areas of the body.
Filing A Medical Malpractice Claim
If you are suffering from CRPS due to injuries caused by your medical care providers, you could be entitled to compensation. By contacting a Complex Regional Pain Syndrome lawyer, you may be able to recover damages for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income, and more.
Michael P. Bonner has over 30 years of experience in medical malpractice litigation. He is ready to fight for you and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
If you or a family member have developed CRPS as a result of medical negligence, contact Bonner Law at 1-800-4MEDMAL for a free consultation.