Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), can cause debilitating pain and have severe and long-lasting consequences. This poorly understood chronic condition is often triggered by a traumatic injury to a limb, but the pain does not subside as would normally happen during a usual recovery. If you have been affected by CRPS as a result of an injury for which you are not at fault, you may be entitled to compensation.
What is CRPS?
Anyone can develop CRPS following an accident or injury. Many cases of CRPS occur after a forceful trauma to a limb, but, more rarely, it can be caused by heart attacks, surgery and infections. However, the exact cause of the disorder is still unknown. It is thought to be caused by an injury or dysfunction in the central or peripheral nervous systems causing those suffering from CRPS to experience pain that is greatly amplified and disproportionate to the severity of the injury itself.
It is estimated that one in 3,800 people will be diagnosed with CRPS in their lives, half of whom will recover spontaneously; the rest, however, will go on to live with chronic pain. Each case of CRPS is different but its effects can have a dramatic impact on your wellbeing and life. Often people suffering from CRPS will experience constant pain, limited use of their affected limbs due to the discomfort, and live with the psychological strain of the disorder.
Who is Eligible to Claim CRPS Compensation?
Any compensation you receive may enable you to access the medical treatments, rehabilitation and care needs you require; however, not everyone qualifies for this. To make a compensation claim you will undergo specialist assessments to determine what caused the CRPS and if someone else is liable for the condition.
In order for you to be eligible to make a worker’s compensation or personal injury claim for CRPS, you have to have sustained the injury in the last three years. In addition to this, the accident would have to have been caused by a breach of duty or negligence. You can claim compensation for incidents such as medical negligence, an accident at work, a road traffic accident or if someone else is liable for your injury.
When claiming compensation, the injury lawyer involved in your case will arrange to have an independent medical specialist assess how severe and debilitating the symptoms are and determine how serious your situation is. This will ensure you can claim the medical treatment that is necessary to help improve your quality of life.
How CRPS Compensation is Calculated
CRPS can have a devastating effect on your life, but a solicitor can help you acquire the highest level of compensation for specific losses. The amount of compensation is calculated through the consideration of multiple different factors such as general damages and the effect that CRPS has on your quality and enjoyment of life, the overall impact it has on your ability to function daily, and the pain and suffering it causes. Loss of earnings or pension and the effect on your ability to work are also factors in how much compensation you will be able to claim.
How Making a CRPS Compensation claim Can Help You
Although there is no cure for CRPS, early intervention and treatment can help reduce symptoms and pain. With a solicitor’s assistance, you may be able to secure the highest level of compensation to help cover these costs. If you qualify for CRPS compensation you will be able to access the specialist medical help, treatments and pain management services you require. It may even cover costs for additional pain management medication and treatments such as hydrotherapy, inpatient stays and physiotherapy.
Experiencing chronic pain can not only affect your physical health but on your mental wellbeing too. CRPS can cause or exacerbate mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. To help you adjust to this life-changing illness and the psychological effects of the condition, psychiatric treatment such as cognitive behaviour therapy and counselling can be covered by claims compensation.
Why You Need a Specialist Solicitor
CRPS has been the subject of a lot of debate for many years and is a controversial topic within the medical profession. A major area of contention is the validity of the diagnosis of CRPS as it largely relies on the patient self-reporting the severity of their symptoms. Furthermore, medical professionals can’t fully explain what caused the CRPS to develop as there is little understanding of the condition, and they can’t conclusively claim that it was caused by the accident. As a result of this claiming compensation for this condition is extremely complex.
Due to the complexity of personal injury and worker’s compensation litigation, it is crucial that if you are suffering from CRPS as a result of negligence that expert medical professionals and solicitors are involved in claiming compensation. This will ensure that you secure the best possible outcome.
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