Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, is a poorly understood condition. The condition may develop after an injury, surgery, stroke or heart attack.
Complex Regional Pain claims
If you’ve had a diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome after an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation. If you think you might have CRPS after an accident but haven’t yet had a diagnosis, speak to your GP and us to find out how we can help you get the medical treatment you need to make a claim. You need a lawyer on your side who understands your condition and its impact on you following an accident.
When CRPS is diagnosed (it can take time to be recognised) whether you have a claim to bring, like all claims for personal injury, you must show that:
- you were owed a duty of care by an individual or organisation,
- that that duty was breached (broken) and,
- that it directly led to the injury and financial loss you want to claim.
The injury must be attributable in full or in part to the breach of duty you have experienced. In most cases you have 3 years from the date of the accident bring a claim.
CPRS can cause a multitude of symptoms. These include:
- burning, intense, or stabbing pain: this is sometimes described as ‘cold pain’,
- allodynia: feeling pain from the lightest of touches,
- hyperalgesia: experiencing pain from pressure or temperature that would not normally cause pain,
- oedema: abnormal swelling in the affected area,
- dystonia: spasms or tremors in muscles,
- any colour changes or a mottled appearance to the skin,
- unusual or abnormal temperatures of the skin in the affected area,
- excessive sweating in the affected area,
- rapid or abnormal growth of nails and/or hair,
- tenderness and/or stiffness in the joints,
- nails that are cracked, grooved, or brittle,
- impaired muscle strength and movement, and
- wasting away or excess bone growth.
There is no current known cure and CRPS sufferers typically require various treatments and medication to manage the condition.
How our lawyers can help
We understand that experiencing ongoing intense pain after an injury when there should have been a full recovery, is frustrating and exhausting. We appreciate that the physical pain felt is commonly persistent, severe, and debilitating.
If your claim needs the input of a barrister about your injury, we will look to instruct one who is experienced in understanding the condition.
If you would like to talk to us about your case, contact us today on 020 3551 8500 or get in touch here to arrange a call back at your convenience.