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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

CRPS is known as one of the most painful chronic disorders. With that pain often come a multitude of doctor visits, treatment trials, and the costs associated with them.

Car Accident Attorneys Advising Victims in Port St. Lucie and Beyond

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS, is a form of chronic pain that may develop as a result of another injury. Victims who suffer from CRPS often face a lifetime of severe pain, since when symptoms progress, the condition is irreversible. When CRPS is caused by a car accident, victims may seek legal remedies in order to receive compensation from someone responsible for their harm. The Port St. Lucie car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston help victims with seeking these remedies, making sure that their legal claims cover not only their original injuries but also those that develop later as a result. CRPS may be difficult to diagnose and even harder to track back to its root. However, our attorneys have extensive experience dealing with such issues on behalf of our clients, ensuring that all of their injuries are properly taken into account following a serious crash. If you are suffering from CRPS due to injuries sustained in a collision, contact our office today to find out more about your legal options.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Causes and Symptoms

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome usually develops following an injury and results in increased pain disproportionate to that of the initial injury. CRPS may occur due to an injury that affects a limb, such as a broken leg, but it may subsequently spread to additional areas. Most often, the chronic pain associated with CRPS affects a victim’s arm or leg. People suffering from CRPS may not know it right away, but some common symptoms to note that may indicate its development include:

  • Continuing burning or throbbing pain in a victim’s arm, hand, leg, or foot
  • Cold sensitivity
  • Swelling in the affected area
  • Skin temperature changes, both hot and cold
  • Changes in skin’s color, which may vary from white to red or blue
  • Texture changes in a victim’s skin
  • Abnormal hair or nail growth
  • Stiffness of joints
  • Muscle spasms
  • Decreased mobility of the limb

The symptoms for each person change over time, and they are not the same for any one sufferer. Pain associated with CRPS may be heightened if a victim is also undergoing emotional issues. Treatment for CRPS is most effective when it is in the early stages of development, so people who think that they may be suffering should seek medical attention as soon as symptoms are observed. However, sometimes the progression of CRPS cannot be cured.

Liability for Car Accident Injuries Leading to CRPS

When a victim suffers from CRPS following an automobile accident, they generally can recover damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver. To show negligence, it must be proven that the defendant-driver owed the victim a duty of reasonable care, the driver breached this duty, and the breach was a proximate cause of the victim’s injury, resulting in damages.

The most difficult part of a CRPS-related claim often is showing causation. Since the cause of the condition is not clearly known or understood, proving that it stemmed from an injury triggered by a negligent driver may be more complicated than showing causation in situations involving other, more direct injuries. A knowledgeable attorney who can collect and interpret the appropriate evidence to show this link may be vital to ensuring a successful outcome. If liability is shown, a victim may be compensated for past and future medical costs, lost income and earning ability, pain and suffering, and other damages.