RSD & CRPS

Birmingham
RSD/CRPS Attorneys

If you are on this page of our website, you may be suffering from excruciating pain resulting from trauma. You may have already been diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known by the names Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) or Causalgia, is a chronic pain condition that can affect any area of the body but typically causes severe pain in the extremities. Doctors are not sure what causes CRPS, but they have recognized two distinct potential causes. One version of the disease develops in the arms or legs after a minor injury. The other form of the disease develops after a nerve is injured directly. However it is caused, both forms of CRPS share the same key symptom: an intense burning that gets worse over time and spreads from the point of injury to the whole limb and sometimes to other limbs. Automobile insurance companies will many times ignore or marginalize a CRPS or RSD diagnosis. As attorneys, we have to communicate the debilitating nature of this injury and how it affects you. We can help you. If you have not yet been diagnosed with an ongoing pain condition, below are some general medical observations about the condition.

Stages of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

  • First Stage

    The first stage generally lasts from one to three months and is characterized by severe burning, aching pain that worsens when touched, change in skin temperature, faster growth of hair and nails on the affected limb, and skin that becomes sweaty and discolored.

  • Second Stage

    The second stage lasts roughly 3 to 6 months after the injury. It is characterized by worsening pain, stiff joints, weak muscles, change in the condition of the skin, brittle nails and slower hair growth.

  • Third Stage

    The third stage is characterized by permanent damage to the limb. In the third stage of CRPS, there is limited movement of the limbs because of tightened muscles and tendons, pain in the entire limb and muscle wasting.

Effective Representation for Your Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Case

Though CRPS is an uncommon form of chronic pain, the experienced attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt know what you are going through. If the condition has been brought on by an injury or accident, then you can count on our dedicated team to help you receive the monetary compensation you deserve.

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