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Written by attorney Gary A. Newland | Jul 17, 2010

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) a/k/a Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) by Gary A. Newland

RSD a/k/a CRPS

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is often misdiagnosed by doctors and over looked by lawyers.

Individuals suffering from the condition known as RSD also known as CRPS may be able to recover money damages for personal injury, worker’s compensation and or medical malpractice. Those suffering from RSD require an experienced lawyer with specific experience to help. A Lawyer must understand how serious RSD can be in every aspect of every clients life.

There are several questions to ask when evaluating whether there is an RSD claim.

  1. Was RSD caused from a specific injury such as a car accident, a crushed foot or some other incident by the actions of a third party?

  2. Was RSD caused by a physicians treatment or a lack thereof?

  3. Was an injection given in the wrong place or some other cause?

Most of our clients suffering from RSD have been financially devastated by the syndrome and have also found it to be socially debilitating because it becomes challenging to maintain a marriage and to keep friends while contending with severe chronic pain. Consequently, it is important to receive treatment from a multi disciplinary approach and have an attorney that understands what is involved with RSD so that the issues may be properly conveyed to insurance adjuster and defense attorneys.

Do Doctors always diagnose RSD Properly?

In my experience, often times Doctors are not able to diagnose RSD initially. Sometimes it is necessary for the patient to seek alternative treatment with a doctor that has an understanding of RSD.

Generally, RSD can be noticed if an individual has pain that is more severe than would be expected from an injury. The pain can be a burning pain in a region of the body. There can also be a change in sensitivity as well as temperature and often times swelling is present in the area that is affected by the RSD. RSD oftentimes causes the patient to become more unduly sensitive with respect to other parts of his or her body and it can spread.

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