Car accidents, broken bones, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Car accidents, broken bones, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

When you’ve been in a serious car accident, your injuries may take a while to heal. For a small number of people, physically healing may not be the end of their injuries. Those who suffer broken limbs or trauma to their extremities may develop Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). Even if you have received adequate medical attention, injuries to your limbs or extremities could cause ongoing symptoms well after the initial trauma heals. For those who develop CRPS/RSD, the best course of action involves retaining the services of an attorney.

What are the symptoms of CRPS/RSD?

CRPS typically occurs at a point in the body where there has been an injury, ranging from sprains and fractures to surgery. Those with CRPS will experience an ongoing level of pain that doesn’t quite fit with the nature of their injuries. The pain generally does not decrease or disappear over time. Instead, those with CRPS will experience deep, aching pains often accompanied by hot or cold sensations. Their skin on the affected area may become more sensitive. Even a light touch could cause discomfort or pain. The affected area may also show swelling, inflammation or even discoloration of the skin.

The skin over the affected area may be hotter or colder than the rest of the person’s skin. Hair or nails nearby may grow abnormally or in usual colors. They may struggle with range of motion and strength in the affected area. They may also experience unusual sweating only on the affected area. It can sometimes be difficult for general practice doctors to diagnose CRPS. If you believe you have developed CRPS after an accident, an experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help connect you with a specialist who can aid in your diagnosis.

Why working with an attorney is critical to those with CRPS

Unfortunately for those who develop it, CRPS does not currently have a cure. This means it can impact you for the rest of your life. CRPS can happen to anyone. Given that it can be caused by a car accident, it is important to establish liability for the injury to ensure payment for your medical care. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you negotiate for a fair settlement with the other driver’s insurance. They can also help you file a civil lawsuit to recoup lost wages and medical expenses as the result of this life-long debilitating condition.

When you’re dealing with a compromised limb or extremity, reduced mobility, and increased pain, your focus should be on improving your quality of life. Partnering with an experienced personal injury attorney frees you up to focus on your recovery instead of medical bills and legal paperwork.