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The Alarming Rise of RSD and CRPS Injuries: What You Need to Know

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) are debilitating conditions that can develop after an injury or surgery. These conditions are characterized by chronic, intense pain that is often disproportionate to the severity of the initial injury.

At Omni Injury and Accident Law, P.C., we have seen a troubling increase in the number of clients suffering from RSD and CRPS injuries. If you or a loved one are facing these extreme symptoms due to an accident or someone’s negligence, call us for a free consultation. We can help you through the process of presenting your claim and following it through the legal process in order to get compensation available to you to treat and manage the short-term and long-term symptoms.

Understanding RSD and CRPS

RSD and CRPS are closely related disorders that affect the nervous system, causing chronic pain, swelling, and changes in skin color and temperature in the affected area. These conditions typically develop after an injury, surgery, or other traumatic event, such as a car accident or workplace incident.

While the exact causes of RSD and CRPS are not fully understood, it is believed that these conditions result from a malfunctioning of the nervous system. In some cases, the body’s pain response becomes hyperactive, causing intense, prolonged pain that can spread beyond the original injury site.

Symptoms of RSD and CRPS

The symptoms of RSD and CRPS can vary from person to person but often include:

  • Severe, burning pain that may be constant or intermittent
  • Sensitivity to touch or cold
  • Swelling and stiffness in the affected limb
  • Changes in skin temperature, color, or texture
  • Decreased mobility or function in the affected area
  • Muscle spasms or tremors
  • Psychological distress, such as depression or anxiety

In some cases, symptoms may spread to other parts of the body or become more severe over time, leading to significant disability and reduced quality of life.

Diagnosing and Treating RSD and CRPS

Diagnosing RSD and CRPS can be challenging, as there is no single test to confirm these conditions. Doctors typically rely on a combination of physical examinations, patient history, and diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, or nerve conduction studies, to make a diagnosis.

Treatment for RSD and CRPS may include a combination of:

  • Pain management medications, such as anti-inflammatories, opioids, or nerve pain medications
  • Physical therapy to improve mobility and function
  • Occupational therapy to help with daily activities and adaptive devices
  • Psychological counseling to address the emotional impact of chronic pain
  • Interventional procedures, such as nerve blocks or spinal cord stimulation

In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to address underlying injuries or to implant pain management devices.

Legal Implications of RSD and CRPS Injuries

The rise in RSD and CRPS injuries has significant legal implications for those affected. If these conditions develop as a result of someone else’s negligence, such as in a car accident or workplace incident, the injured party may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

However, pursuing a personal injury claim for RSD or CRPS can be complex, as these conditions are not always well-understood by insurance companies or juries. It’s essential to work with an experienced personal injury attorney who understands the unique challenges of these cases and can effectively advocate for your rights.

At Omni Injury and Accident Law, P.C., our knowledgeable attorneys have helped numerous clients with RSD and CRPS injuries secure the compensation they deserve. We work tirelessly to:

  1. Investigate the cause of your injury and gather evidence to support your claim
  2. Consult with medical experts to document the severity and impact of your condition
  3. Negotiate with insurance companies to obtain a fair settlement
  4. Represent you in court, if necessary, to protect your rights

If you or a loved one has developed RSD or CRPS after an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to reach out to the compassionate, skilled attorneys at Omni Injury and Accident Law, P.C. We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t owe us anything unless we recover compensation for you. Contact us today at 646-736-4184 to learn more about how we can help you during this difficult time.

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