If you have been injured in any sort of accident, there are a number of different things that you could be suffering from, some more common than others. If you have been injured in an accident due to another person’s negligence, you need legal representation in order to receive the financial compensation you deserve. Contact The Champion Firm, P.C. today to get started.
What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
First, it is important to understand that Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) goes by many names: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Causalgia, and Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy (RND). No matter what your doctor calls it, this injury can be very serious, especially if not taken seriously or treated correctly by a medical professional. CRPS is a form of an amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome that causes chronic pain for the sufferer due to heighten levels of nerve impulses. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
This is a condition that can strike injury victims unexpectedly, often leaving them with chronic pain and sometimes causing disability. Because CRPS often is a result of a previous traumatic injury – like a car accident, workplace accident or slip and fall – it is important that those suffering from the disorder are aware of their legal rights. If you or someone you care for has developed CRPS from an accident caused by a negligent party, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries.
Even with the amount of research and studying of CPRS and its symptoms, there is still no conclusion on the exact causes of the syndrome. It can present itself over time to an individual or be the result of a single injury, such as a car accident or a slip and fall injury. In general, CPRS occurs when there is damage to the central or peripheral nervous system. This can be in just one limb, or throughout the entire body, depending on the individual and the circumstance in which CPRS began.
CRPS is a painful condition that usually affects one leg, hand, arm or foot. Pain is usually chronic, meaning ongoing, and the condition also tends to lead to swelling of the area, changes in the color of the skin and/or changes in the temperature of the affected area. Sometimes the symptoms are fairly mild, other times the symptoms are extreme. In some instances the condition will eventually go away, but there are also instances where the condition is permanent. For those with long-term CRPS, it is often difficult to lead a normal life, and the condition can lead to long-term disability.
Although there is no cure for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, there are treatments and medications that can make living with the condition much easier. However, these can be expensive, so if your injury is at the fault of someone else, it is important to find an experienced personal injury attorney to help you receive financial compensation to cover these medical bills. The injury has already caused chronic pain; you do not deserve to live with the financial burden. Contact The Champion Firm, P.C. today.
What are the Symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
As stated before, every case of CRPS is different, so the symptoms may vary. The overarching common symptom among those who suffer from CRPS is an intense pain that continues to get worse and more severe over time. This pain is often described as a “burning” sensation. Other symptoms can include stiffness and swelling, skin appearance and texture changes, changes in your normal hair and nail growth rate, and decreased mobility in the affected region.
Some common symptoms of CRPS include:
- Alterations in the growth of hair or nails.
- Jerking, tremors or abnormal postures in the limb.
- Skin may become thin and/or shiny.
- Problems with movement in the affected area, including stiffness.
- Swelling of the limb.
- Color changes to the skin of the affected limb
Many people find themselves very surprised when they begin to notice changes in their skin, hair, and nails. These things are a result of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome causing a change in body temperature. Skin color can range from purple to red, while becoming blotchy or appearing to be more pale. Hair and nails can begin to grow at a rapid speed or growth can be halted all together. CPRS can also contribute to excessive sweating.
Tremors and jerking or the affected limb or limbs can also occur as a result of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. This is often referred to as dystonia.
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, it is time to seek guidance from a medical professional. Many people are hesitant to visit a doctor following an accident due to the fear of hefty medical bills. Do not let your financial situation stop you from getting these symptoms treated. Contact The Champion Firm, P.C. today to work to receive compensation for these bills.
What are the Main Causes of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
As mentioned before, there is not a clear and concise reason that medical professionals can attribute as the cause of CRPS. In most cases it is a result of an accident, trauma, or injury. The most common types of injuries that have lead to this condition include fractures, sprains, soft tissue injuries, and limb immobilization.
The types of injuries mentioned above can often come as a result of a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, an accident with a defective product, or even a medical malpractice incident. The problem with CRPS is that it sometimes takes a while to present itself, as it is a result of the primary injury. This means that people often think that they are okay following an accident, only to find themselves further injured—often needing to take time off of work—in the long run. Your injury may not seem severe at the start, but it is important to visit a medical professional following an accident to assess the seriousness of your injuries and make sure that you are on the right physical and financial path for your future.
Work with an Experienced Atlanta, Georgia Personal Injury Attorney
If you think your CRPS was a result of an injury caused by a negligent party, there is a good chance that you can file a lawsuit to seek damages. CRPS can last for years, making it impossible for you to work like you once did. You may struggle to pay your bills, to take care of your family and to lead a normal life. While a successful case will not take back what happened, it can give you the financial security you need to move on.
Our firm has a proven ability to win cases for accident victims throughout the state of Georgia. We have worked with CRPS clients, so we understand the intricacies of the condition, and we know what it takes to present a successful argument on behalf of CRPS clients.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is chronic, meaning that it can cause a lifetime of pain and medical bills. This is not something that you should be forced to deal with on your own, especially if you suffered from an accident or injury caused by another person’s negligence. If you have found yourself in this type of situation in the Atlanta, Georgia, area, contact The Champion Firm, P.C. today to get started on your road to compensation. We want to help.