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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

complex regional pain syndrome

The condition Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a chronic progressive disease that is thought to be brought on following a traumatic injury. Victims of this tragic disease often report a feeling of intense burning or pain in either an arm or a leg. Unlike typical injuries after an accident which heal (for the most part) and get better with time, CRPS / RSD only gets worse and more severe.

If you are currently experiencing CRPS / RSD after you have been in an accident, speak with the experienced Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at Friday & Cox, LLC. Our knowledgeable Erie, PA accident attorneys are familiar with the science and medical background surrounding this disease and are here to help.

Characteristics of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

While the specific nature of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is not completely understood, it is widely believed in the medical community to be caused by a severe or traumatic injury.

Symptoms of CRPS / RSD include:

  • Intense, chronic pain
  • Burning sensation that radiates from the initial injury
  • Shooting pains from the point of injury
  • Swelling and excessive sweating
  • Abnormally high localized skin temperature (may fluctuate)
  • Skin discoloration
  • Muscle spasms
  • Join stiffness resulting in reduced mobility

Most doctors agree that CRPS / RSD develops after an accident or injury. Experts in the medical field believe that if extensive nerve damage occurs to a specific limb or area of a limb, then CRPS / RSD may develop. Pain that people experience from this disease gets worse over time, not better. It should also be noted that CRPS / RSD generally only affects one limb, an arm or a leg. The pain associated with CRPS / RSD usually starts in a small localized area but then eventually spreads to the entire limb, leaving the victim debilitated and in incredible pain.

Living With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Victims who suffer from CRPS / RSD deal with pain on a daily basis. In some cases, the pain is so severe that it limits the person’s ability to perform even the most basic day to day functions that so many of us take for granted. As this disease is currently still being studied, there is currently no cure and those diagnosed with CRPS / RSD are generally prescribed pain relievers that they must rely on for the rest of their lives.

Compensation Awarded in CRPS Claims

If you or someone close to you is currently suffering from CRPS / RSD, you’ll want the best legal representation possible in order to be fully compensated for the damages that you and your family have incurred. CRPS / RSD leaves victims debilitated and in chronic pain, victims will require a compensation figure that will last with them for the rest of their lives. The seasoned State College personal injury lawyers at our firm are here to offer you their legal services in this hard time. With several decades of extensive litigation experience, they have the skills and resources needed to make your case a success.

Over the years our firm has helped accident, injury and workers’ compensation victims recover millions of dollars in compensation. This fact alone illustrates that we are serious about seeking justice for our injured clients.

At Friday & Cox, LLC, our policy is that if we don’t win your case, you won’t pay anything. Contact us today at to set up a free no-hassle, no-fee consultation. Alternatively, you can file a free case report via e-mail and we will get back to you promptly. You may be entitled to extensive compensation for you or loved one’s injury. Our Altoona, Pennsylvania accident attorneys are here to help, please call or contact us today.

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