Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Claims
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) may be chronic, it is a neurological, painful condition, caused as a result of a traumatic event. RSD or CRPS may be caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, a catastrophic injury lawyer Phoenix, AZ should be consulted.
RSD or CRPS can cause ongoing pain, in an arm, leg, hand, or foot, it is caused by nervous system dysfunction. Symptoms may include pain, aching, burning, throbbing, skin sensitivity, a catastrophic injury lawyer Phoenix, AZ may be able to help the victim.
The prognosis of CRPS is highly variable. Younger persons, children, and teenagers tend to have better outcomes. While some people can have good outcomes, there are some individuals who experience severe pain and disability despite treatment. Early treatment, particularly rehabilitation may be helpful in limiting the disorder.
An exercise program to keep the painful limb or body part moving may improve blood flow and lessen the circulatory symptoms. Exercise may help improve the affected limb’s flexibility, strength and function. Rehabilitating the affected limb may help to prevent or reverse the secondary brain changes that may be associated with chronic pain symptoms. Occupational therapy may help the individual learn ways to work and perform daily activities.
Pain may extend beyond the injury site, some people may respond to treatment, others may not. Treatment may include medication, physical therapy, psychotherapy, spinal cord electrodes.
A recent case of mine involved a woman whose arm was severely injured when she was mauled and bitten by a dog. Following arm surgery, she continued to experience arm pain, burning sensation, tingling, numbness, hypersensitivity and scarring.
Treating doctors diagnosed RSD, CRPS. Nerve damage was diagnosed, there was also loss of arm motion. It was further believed that scar revision had the potential to worsen her condition. The victim is left with scarring and ongoing symptoms, and the likely need for future medical care and costs.
Following litigation, including depositions of those responsible for the dog, a settlement was obtained to compensate the victim for her injuries and medical bills, since the attack and for the future.
The involvement of an attorney is helpful in identifying potential fault of parties, and applicable insurance policies. If there is negligence and significant injuries, medical bills, or lost income then the attorney may hire a life care planer, or an economist, to assess future medical needs, and costs and the economic losses of the injured party.
The insurance carrier is interested in protecting its interests, that’s why the early and active involvement by an attorney is needed to help a RSD or CRPS victim. Medical experts may need to be consulted to obtain opinions regarding the nature, extent of permanent injury or disability, and future care and costs.
When RSD or CRPS occurs as a result of wrongful conduct or negligence by another person, a catastrophic injury lawyer Phoenix, AZ should be contacted.