Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Attorneys
Accident victims can sometimes develop severe and life-altering conditions, such as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). This vicious ailment can leave victims in pain and affect every aspect of their lives. But the complex regional pain syndrome lawyers at Bisnar Chase are here to help.
CRPS can have a drastic impact on victims. This is a rare condition that can cause extreme pain while limiting mobility and function. It can also leave victims with huge hospital bills. Even worse, it is not fully understood in the medical field, leaving patients frustrated and angry.
If you have a CRPS case and need legal advice, Bisnar Chase can help. We excel in helping victims who are enduring extreme pain and suffering due to CRPS. With a 96% success rate, we can help you secure the compensation you deserve. Do not struggle with complex regional pain syndrome in silence – contact us now.
What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
Complex regional pain syndrome is an all-purpose term for a range of chronic pain conditions. It is a rare condition that can be hard to diagnose because medical science does not yet fully understand how it develops.
The onset of CRPS usually happens after an injury. It can also develop after a person undergoes surgery, or suffers a stroke or heart attack. When people develop this syndrome after an accident or injury, they may be able to file a CRPS lawsuit.
One of the key markers of complex regional pain syndrome is that it causes a level of pain that is disproportionate to the original injury and lasts for an extended period. It will usually start in a limb, such as an arm or a leg, but can spread to other parts of the body.
CRPS can have wide-ranging signs and symptoms. It is not necessarily permanent; every case is different. But while active, complex regional pain syndrome can present through severe pain, swelling, and loss of mobility.
Depending on the type of CRPS a person suffers from, it could also be referred to as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, causalgia, or chronic pain syndrome.
Signs and Symptoms of CRPS
A wide range of complex regional pain syndrome signs and symptoms can be present when a person is suffering from CRPS.
These include everything from visible physical indicators to feelings and sensations. Signs and symptoms can include:
- A constant feeling of throbbing or burning pain in a limb or appendage; usually a hand, foot, arm or leg
- Increased sensitivity to touch and hot or cold temperatures
- Extreme temperature flashes, running from clammy and cold to hot and sweaty
- Loss of movement and flexibility in the affected area
- Muscle problems – weakness, pain, spasms, and a loss of muscle mass
- Stiff joints, as well as some swelling and damage to joints
- Noticeable changes to the growth of your hair and nails
- Painful swelling of the affected area
- A visible change in skin – might appear blotchy, or turn red/blue in a certain area
- Skin texture changes – suddenly appearing shiny, or feeling thin and sensitive
In many cases, complex regional pain syndrome will develop due to an injury. This is where hiring a lawyer can be necessary.
If your initial injury was caused by negligence – with the careless or reckless actions of another person leading to an accident – and the injury develops into CRPS, you should contact an attorney.
Complex regional pain syndrome attorneys can work with patients suffering from these extreme forms of pain to make sure they are properly compensated for any injuries suffered because of someone else.
What Causes Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
The main problem with the diagnosis and treatment of complex regional pain syndrome is that doctors do not yet fully understand how or why the condition develops.
However, it is known that CRPS occurs due to issues with the nervous system, including both peripheral and central nerve branches. This might be an inherited abnormality, or it might be caused by an injury or a serious physical trauma.
Examples of CRPS-inducing traumas could include a fractured arm or leg, or an injury involving a limb being crushed. Any serious impact or damage can lead to complex regional pain syndrome.
A person could develop CRPS from:
- Car accidents
- Truck or motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bike accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Assault and battery
- Any other type of accident involving a severe impact
Injuries are the most common form of complex regional pain syndrome. However, there are other potential causes, including heart attacks and complications with surgery.
When CRPS develops due to surgery complications, there may be a case for a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, Bisnar Chase focuses on personal injury lawsuits.
If you have suffered an injury that develops into CRPS, contact our complex regional pain syndrome lawyers for expert advice on how to fight for compensation.
CRPS Type 1 vs. Type 2
There are two main types of complex regional pain syndrome which can affect victims. The two types share many similarities; the only difference is the severity of the initial injury.
While a lot is unknown about CRPS, medical experts have identified nerve damage in the initial injury as the key difference between two variations of complex regional pain syndrome.
Breaking CRPS down into different categories based on a patient’s injury can lead to a more specific diagnosis.
CRPS Type 1
When a person develops complex regional pain syndrome after an injury, but no nerve damage has been suffered, this is known as Type 1.
This form of central pain syndrome is also referred to as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). The key feature of Type 1 CRPS and RSD is that pain starts in one area, but can radiate through to different areas of the body.
CRPS Type 2
Type 2 CRPS occurs when a victim suffers a serious injury, causing nerve damage. When the injury damages nerves and then develops into complex regional pain syndrome, it can lead to slightly varying symptoms.
With Type 2 CRPS, the pain is usually restricted to the area of the damaged nerves (in contrast with Type 1). Type 2 CRPS is also sometimes known as causalgia.
CRPS Diagnosis and Treatments
If complex regional pain syndrome is diagnosed early, it can be treated. However, it is difficult to diagnose, because no single test exists allowing doctors to identify CRPS quickly and easily.
However, it is still important to visit a doctor as quickly as possible when you start experiencing CRPS symptoms, such as prolonged and intense pain.
Medical professionals are able to piece together a diagnosis using several different forms of tests, rather than one single test.
The following tests and methods can provide CRPS indicators:
- Physical stress test
- MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging)
- Bone scan
These tests can all provide clues to doctors, which can be combined to form a CRPS diagnosis if more traditional conditions to not explain their range of symptoms.
If a timely diagnosis is made, doctors can treat and manage complex regional pain syndrome with various medications and therapies.
- Strong pain relief
- Corticosteroids to prevent swelling
- Medication to avoid bone loss
- Physical therapy
- Neural therapies
- Nerve stimulation
- Spinal cord electrode treatment
If CRPS is not diagnosed and treated quickly, injury victims can suffer severe ramifications, ranging from major ongoing pain to long-term loss of movement. Complications include:
- Weakening and eventual deterioration of muscles and bones
- Muscles becoming tighter, freezing limbs in one position
- Loss of sensation in extremities
- Psychological issues – post-traumatic stress disorder
If you have struggled with CRPS, or continue to deal with severe pain caused by this condition, contact the complex regional pain syndrome attorneys at Bisnar Chase for guidance on how to file a lawsuit and hold those parties responsible for your injury accountable.
CRPS: The Science
How does complex regional pain syndrome attack the human body and cause such significant pain?
This is a difficult question to answer, due to the amount still unknown by medical experts. However, it is believed that the condition is sparked by an immune system response.
As far as the condition is currently understood, the following process occurs in CRPS victims:
- An injury is suffered (example: A broken arm)
- Pain receptors in the arm become receptive to signals from the nervous system
- This causes an immune system response, which is a defense mechanism within the victim’s body
- The chain reaction disrupts the body’s healing process, causing disproportionate pain and numerous other symptoms.
It is unclear why this reaction only happens within a small percentage of injury and trauma patients, with most people who suffer injuries making a complete and uncomplicated recovery.
Complex regional pain syndrome is fairly rare. CRPS studies show that it occurs in between 5.5 and 26.2 cases per 100,000 injury victims each year.
It is only relatively recently that statistics could be compiled. At one time, complex regional pain syndrome was diagnosed as a last resort when doctors ran out of ideas. They are now able to give a more definitive diagnosis of CRPS.
How Does Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Affect Victims?
Bisnar Chase helps victims of all kinds of injuries, from broken bones to catastrophic damage. But CRPS moves beyond many traditional forms of injury in terms of the effect it can have on victims.
This condition is characterized by an intense pain that is disproportionate to the original injury, leaving victims in agony and struggling to move their affected areas – such as an arm or leg.
For instance, if someone suffers a leg injury and develops CRPS, the leg may become swollen, weak, and immobile. But the physical symptoms are only part of the problem.
Victims can also become emotionally drained by this condition. Because it is hard to diagnose and has many unanswered questions surrounding it, the process of battling this syndrome can take a huge mental toll on a victim.
This is also followed by financial ramifications. The number of tests and treatments required to diagnose and manage CRPS can leave sufferers with huge hospital bills.
Our personal injury lawyers handle all kinds of cases, from auto accidents to dog bites and falls. We believe that victims deserve to be compensated for their pain and suffering when their injury is caused by negligence.
The same principles apply to a complex regional pain syndrome lawsuit. If you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of another person or party – and subsequently developed CRPS – you can take legal action.
A CRPS lawsuit follows the same process as a normal personal injury case. However, if a victim develops complex regional pain syndrome, it may affect the bottom line.
The amount of compensation a client could receive may be impacted by a range of factors, including:
- Severity: The severity of an injury; heightened when CRPS develops
- Pain and Suffering: Pain levels, which are extreme in CRPS cases
- Medical Costs: These can add up quickly, due to the range of tests and treatments needed
- Lost Earnings: CRPS can make working impossible
- Emotional Distress: Complex regional pain syndrome can take a toll mentally
- Long Term Issues: Ongoing health issues and rehab needs
CPRS cases can be difficult to fight because of the mystery shrouding the condition. Bisnar Chase is a top-rated law firm that excels in dealing with injury cases of all kinds.
Work with a complex regional pain attorney to discuss your legal options and receive guidance on your case.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Lawsuit FAQs
If you have questions regarding the CRPS legal process, you have come to the right place. The most frequently asked questions of our CRPS lawyers are listed below. If you still have an unanswered query, do not hesitate to contact us.
There are numerous ways to get in touch with Bisnar Chase, listed at the bottom of the article.
In California, personal injury cases have a statute of limitations of two years. This means a lawsuit must be filed within two years of the accident. We know that a lawsuit might be the last thing on your mind if you are battling CRPS symptoms, but you can trust Bisnar Chase to handle your case and ease any burden on you.
Different law firms will have varying costs. At Bisnar Chase, we are proud to offer a ‘No Win, No Fee’ promise and a free consultation. This is a guarantee which protects our clients from any out-of-pocket expenses. If we don’t win your case, you won’t pay anything – it’s as simple as that.
Every case is different. It could take anywhere from three months to a few years, depending on the circumstances and whether a settlement can be agreed upon. We know it can be daunting to take on a long legal case while you are already dealing with CRPS. Let us handle your case while you focus on recovery.
Working with a trial lawyer is the best way to make sure you receive the CRPS compensation you deserve. An experienced trial attorney will be able to argue your case in front of a jury if a fair settlement cannot be reached. Not all law firms have trial lawyers with a track record of success, so choose wisely.
How Bisnar Chase Can Help in CRPS Cases
Complex regional pain syndrome can be life-altering. This type of condition can take over the lives of the victim and their family. CRPS is a serious syndrome that requires an array of tests to diagnose, as well as varied treatments and regular hospital visits to manage.
This can leave victims with huge hospital bills to go with their extreme pain and suffering. But the injury attorneys at Bisnar Chase can offer CRPS legal help.
Our top-rated law firm has a 96% success rate and has won well over $650 million for more than 12,000 clients. We can win your case too, and ensure that you are properly compensated for your suffering.
We have been operating throughout California for more than four decades, winning cases in Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and further afield.
Bisnar Chase attorneys excel in negotiating settlements with insurance companies and fighting for justice in the courtroom. We also build strong attorney/client relationships and believe in providing superior representation.
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