Bringing A CRPS Insurance Claim Or Claiming For CRPS Under A Critical Illness Insurance Policy


This blog was written thanks to the expertise of our team, including Alex Cohen, Philip Cohen and Steven Akerman, leading experts in compensation claims for chronic pain and serious injury.

Cases involving CRPS can be tricky, however, as experts, we can help you overcome difficulties you may face when claiming. Find out more here.


Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is an extremely painful condition that’s poorly understood by many. There are two types of CRPS, known as CRPS Type 1 and CRPS Type 2, both of which are notoriously difficult to diagnose due to the similarity in symptoms, which include sweating, discolouration to the skin, burning pain, and sensitivity to touch, pressure, and movement. If you are a CRPS sufferer who has developed the condition as a result of an accident, injury or trauma that wasn’t your fault, you may be able claim for damages. When making a claim, however, you may face a number of difficulties; CRPS is extremely debilitating and can cause mobility and concentration difficulties, fatigue, and pain, which may make it arduous for sufferers to engage in the litigation process and partake in appointments they may need to attend. To find out more about the problems you could face and how we could help, continue reading.

A Misunderstanding

Every complex regional pain syndrome sufferer knows all too well how poorly understood the condition is, which is why it’s so important to ensure your solicitor has a good understanding of CRPS and knows the ins and outs of the symptoms and consequences associated. Having a good knowledge of the condition won’t only enable your solicitor to produce a detailed and accurate report, it will also allow them to understand when you’re having a bad day, whether it be due to pain, fatigue or something else associated with the illness.

At Brian Barr Solicitors, we specialise in is CRPS compensation claims and have worked alongside many sufferers in the past, which has provided us with the knowledge we need to understand what our patients experience on a daily basis. With this knowledge and expertise combined, we are able to provide flexibility for our clients and can accommodate to their individual needs to make them feel as comfortable as possible; for example, if a client feels more comfortable speaking over the phone, our specialist lawyers are always happy to pick up the phone. In addition to this, our clients can always feel safe in the knowledge that we have the ability to report accurately and correctly, which in turn will have a significant impact on the overall value of the claim.

Diagnosis Delay

Cases that involve CRPS are notoriously complex; the condition is extremely difficult to diagnose as there is no single test that can be carried out to give you a definitive yes or no answer. In order to receive a diagnosis and determine what has actually caused the CRPS, a variety of tests can be carried out, which can take some time. Before bringing a compensation claim for CRPS, a full diagnosis must be obtained. There must also be a causal link between the trauma you have sustained which was not your fault and the CRPS. At Brian Barr, we work on a day-to-day basis with a number of expert medical consultants, who not only prepare medical reports, but treat patients with CRPS.

An Unfair Stigma

Although work has been carried out to improve the stigma attached to CRPS, a degree of stigma still remains. Unfortunately, this stigma often influences experts to suggest that sufferers are lying about their symptoms or observe a sufferer’s medical history to look at past psychological difficulties which may have made them vulnerable to the condition. At Brian Barr, we understand how frustrating this can be for patients and will act on a sufferer’s behalf to earn as much compensation as possible to improve the quality of life for those who have suffered the consequences of CRPS. When using our services, no patient will be dismissed, ignored or doubted; our expertise lies in offering the very best support to every sufferer.

Finding Evidence

In order to give any CRPS sufferer the best chance of succeeding when making a CRPS insurance claim, it’s imperative that evidence is gathered right from the start. In order to gather as much evidence as possible, the following must take place:

All medical records must be reviewed in detail, so all aspects of the case are fully understood;
The injured party must visit experts as soon as possible and they must also receive the right treatment/ rehabilitation to give them a good chance of managing their condition moving forwards;
Any witness evidence should be prepared and detailed to allow others to fully understand the impact the condition has had on the sufferer in terms of day to day activities.

All in all, it’s important to remember that you employ a specialist to handle your personal injury claim; experts will have a clear understanding of your condition and, as a result, will have immediate access to suitable individuals who can offer expertise and assistance to you during your claim. These individuals can range from treatment providers, medical experts, and knowledgeable legal advisors who will make a positive impact on the result of your claim. With a team of law experts and a breadth of experience under our belts, we know which questions need to be asked and which investigations must be carried out in order to obtain the evidence you need to succeed in your claim.

CRPS Insurance Claims

It may be the case that you have a critical illness insurance policy which does not list CRPS as a particular illness under which the policy will pay out. However, due to the debilitating nature of the condition, it is sometimes possible to claim under the ‘Total and Permanent Disability’ criteria contained within a critical illness policy. Brian Barr Solicitors can assist with this. If you have such a policy and suffer from CRPS and do believe that you satisfy the criteria under this policy, get in touch with us to discuss the details of your case by calling us for free on 0808 123 0003 or by filling in our online contact form.

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Meet the team

Steven Akerman

Steven Akerman

Personal Injury Solicitor &
Director, Brian Barr

Alex Cohen

Alex Cohen

Personal Injury Solicitor &
Director, Brian Barr

Philip Cohen

Philip Cohen

Director, Brian Barr

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