BLOG

Accidental Injuries Can Trigger Reflex Sympathy Dystrophy


California RSD Injury Lawyer
Reflex sympathy dystrophy can be caused by accidental injuries.

Reflex sympathy dystrophy or RSD is a painful condition that can potentially be triggered by accidental injuries.

Reflex sympathy dystrophy, also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), is a condition characterized by chronic pain that is believed to be linked to a dysfunction in the central nervous system. RSD/CRPS typically affects specific areas of the patient’s body, including the hands, legs and feet. According to the Mayo Clinic, Type 1 CRPS typically occurs after an illness or injury that did not result in damage to the nerves of the affected limb. Type 2 CRPS occurs after a distinct nerve injury.

Identifying Your Symptoms

Complex regional pain syndrome or RSD is typically characterized by a number of symptoms, although it can be difficult for doctors to diagnose. According to the Mayo Clinic, any of the following can indicate that you or a loved one is suffering from RSD:

  • Continuous burning or throbbing pain, usually in the arm, leg, hand, or foot
  • Increased sensitivity to touch or cold
  • Swelling of the painful area
  • Frequent changes in body temperature
  • Changes in skin color, which can range from white and mottled to red or blue
  • Changes in skin texture, which may become tender, thin or shiny in the affected area
  • Changes in hair and nail growth
  • Joint stiffness and/or swelling
  • Muscle spasms, weakness or atrophy
  • Decreased mobility in the affected limb

Symptoms may vary and it’s important to note that CRPS symptoms can begin in one limb and appear in other parts of the body.

Treating RSD/CRPS

Treatment is available for patients affected by RSD but to date, there is no specific cure for this condition. The effectiveness of any treatment method in reducing symptoms of RSD or CRPS depends on how quickly your doctor is able to establish a diagnosis. Treatment methods your doctor may suggest can include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Medications
  • Surgery
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Spinal drug pump

Patients who are affected by CRPS should consult their doctor to determine the best course of treatment for their symptoms.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Accidental Injuries

In some cases, RSD or CRPS can be triggered by an accidental injury. Type 1 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome can occur as the result of:

  • Car accident
  • Slip and fall
  • Soft-tissue injury
  • Workplace accident
  • Motorcycle or bicycle accident
  • Blunt force trauma
  • Crush injuries
  • Bone fractures or breaks

When a patient is diagnosed with RSD as the result of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, it’s important for the victim to be aware of their legal rights. The responsible party may be required to provide monetary compensation for the victim’s medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Complex regional pain syndrome can have a devastating impact on its victims physically, emotionally and financially. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with reflex sympathy dystrophy following an accidental injury, you need to speak with an experienced California RSD attorney to discuss your rights.

Nadrich & Cohen, LLP represents patients in all 50 states who developed RSD or CRPS following an accidental injury. For more information on filing an RSD injury claim, call 1-800-718-4658.

Learn More...


February 8, 2012

Accidental Injuries Can Trigger Reflex Sympathy Dystrophy

Reflex sympathy dystrophy or RSD is a painful condition that can potentially be ...


March 2, 2012

Dealing With Reflex Sympathy Dystrophy After a Car Accident

If you’ve been involved in a car accident and are experiencing chronic pai...


July 28, 2010

You Could Have RSD

Do you have chronic burning pain? Is your skin also ultra sensitive to touch, so...

Do I Have A Case?

We offer free consultation. No office visit required, we will get back to you within 24 hours.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

 

What can we do for you?

  • Answer your legal question.
  • Provide a Free Case Evaluation.
  • Schedule an appointment.

 

Why
Choose Us?

  • Available 24/7
  • Trusted Since 1990
  • Local to You
  • Recovered $350,000,000
  • 5 Star Reviews
  • Free Case Evaluation
  • VIP Service
  • No Win, No Fee

Latest Law Post


October 15, 2019

Zantac Recalled In All Markets

GlaxoSmithKline said on October 8, 2019 that it was recalling their popular heartburn medication Zantac in all markets as a precaution. This comes mere days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found “unacceptable” levels of the carcinogen NDMA in the medicine.


October 2, 2019

Hidden FDA Database Concealed Reports of Surgical Stapler Malfunctions

A hidden FDA database of medical device failures was shut down in June 2019. The database contains medical device reports submitted to the FDA via its Alternative Summary Reporting Program from 1999 to 2019. Reports which were sent to this database were not, until recently, made public. The Alternative Summary Reporting Program is a non-public database, unlike the FDA’s MAUDE database which publicly logs medical device failures or defects for public review.

 

We are Personal Injury Lawyers representing accident victims throughout California.
For 30 years, the law firm of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP has helped injury victims
obtain the compensation they deserve.