The term CRPS refers to complex regional pain syndrome. CRPS is ranked as the most painful form of chronic pain that exists today by the McGill Pain Index. People with CRPS experience prolonged and excessive pain, typically in one limb, but it can spread to other parts of their body as well. CRPS pain can be spontaneous or excessive. CRPS sufferers have very sensitive skin in the affected area, and even the slightest touch or change in temperature can cause debilitating pain. Other CRPS symptoms include changes in skin color, temperature, and/or swelling below the injury site. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with CRPS, contact an expert CRPS attorney today.
The pain of CRPS is often triggered after a previous injury such as a bone fracture, sprains and strains, burns, and cuts. CRPS symptoms can also arise after a car accident, surgery, a stroke and a heart attack. Most people can recover from these types of injuries, however CRPS patients develop long-term effects that is much more severe than the initial injury. It is unknown as to why some people develop CRPS after an injury due to the complexity of the syndrome. According to CRPS expert theories, CRPS is caused by a malfunction between the central and peripheral nervous system that creates an inflammatory response. CRPS can be seen in children and adults.
CRPS is very real and severely disabling. This syndrome can be poorly understood because it is not a surface level condition, the pain is deep within. A challenging aspect of diagnosing complex regional pain syndrome is the difficulty to locate the nerve injury, causing CRPS patients to go undiagnosed in the early stages. There is no specific test to diagnose CRPS. The diagnosis of CRPS is primarily determined by a thorough review of a patient’s symptoms, their medical history, and physical examination.
The outcome of CRPS varies throughout patients. Unfortunately, doctors can not predict how long CRPS will last. Depending on the case, most symptoms recover within months to years as the injured nerve regrows. Many doctors have recovery solutions as a way to support CRPS, such as trigger point injections, topical medications, pain relief medications, physical rehabilitation, and psychological support.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome due to a prior injury and need legal consulting, contact a CRPS attorney at McCoy & McCoy. With more than 50 years of experience fighting for the rights of victims who have suffered life-changing injuries such as CRPS, McCoy & McCoy is ready to work for you so that you can focus on getting well.
You have heard it time and time again, “Don’t give a statement to the insurance company!” There are so many reasons this is such good advice. After a car accident most people are in shock. In this stressful state, it is difficult to accurately assess the extent of injuries resulting from the crash. In addition, some injuries do not become apparent for months after an accident. These are known as delayed injury symptoms. Giving a statement to an insurance adjuster about bodily injury without considering these facts can and will work against you. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a very serious result from a trauma such as a car accident, can be an example of delayed injury symptom. This syndrome can show up months after the trauma and cause life threatening consequences. Imagine thinking you are fine after a car accident only to wake up weeks later with continuous, extremely intense, throbbing pain! The pain is accompanied by swelling, and tremors! According to American RSD Hope, this debilitating pain has been described as “the most pain I have ever experienced and it hurts constantly!”
The CRPS team at McCoy & McCoy have helped injured victims recover millions of dollars in damages including:
There are many delayed injury symptoms following a car accident. Before discussing your injuries with any insurance adjuster it is always best to contact an experienced Personal Injury Trial Attorney. Frank McCoy is a Nationally Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with more than 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of victims who have suffered life-changing injuries as the result of automobile accidents, slip-and-falls or any number of other dangerous accidents. Contact McCoy & McCoy today for a free consultation and let us get to work for you, so you can focus on getting well.