The federal government is appealing a judge’s decision to grant a North Dakota woman $187,000 in damages stemming from an RSD lawsuit.
According to court records, Jacki Harasym suffered an injury at a Minot, North Dakota post office when the door she was walking through struck her foot. Ms. Harasym claimed that she sustained a contusion injury to the soft tissues and bone of her foot, which later developed into a more serious, chronic condition known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or RSD.
RSD is a condition that encompasses a wide range of symptoms, including burning pain, tenderness, swelling, warmth, flushing, discoloration and shiny skin. RSD can affect the skin, muscles, joints, bones and tissue of the surrounding area and can occur in the hands, feet, knees, shoulders and hips.
A U.S. District Court ordered the federal government to pay Ms. Harasym approximately $37,000 in past economic damages, $50,000 in future economic damages, and $100,000 in non-economic damages. The government has since filed notice with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to contest the claim.
The exact cause of reflex sympathetic dystrophy remains unknown. Medical professionals agree that RSD can be triggered by a number of different factors, including injury, surgery, heart disease, degenerative arthritis, stroke, brain disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, shingles, shoulder problems, breast cancer and certain drugs used to treat tuberculosis.
Symptoms of RSD are characterized by three distinct stages. In the initial acute stage, RSD sufferers may experience burning, flushing, sweating, pain, swelling and tenderness. In the secondary stage, RSD patients may notice changes in the texture and appearance of their skin, along with persistent pain. In the third stage, individuals affected by RSD may lose function in the affected area and demonstrate advanced stages of osteoporosis. People with RSD may undergo various treatments to minimize the symptoms but as of yet, there is no way to reverse the condition.
Obviously, the judge in the case felt that the victim’s condition was a direct result of some negligence on the part of the post office. Ms. Harasym acted responsibly in contacting a personal injury lawyer to determine whether she had a claim for damages.
If you or a loved one has developed RSD after receiving an injury through no fault of your own, you may also be able to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. The law firm of Nadrich & Cohen LLP is currently investigating claims from RSD sufferers in all 50 states and is eager to discuss your case.
Call our Injury Hotline today at 1-800-722-0765 for your free initial case evaluation. You may also visit our RSD Injury Resource Site to complete a confidential online contact form. There is never a fee unless we recover a money judgment on your behalf. Contact Nadrich & Cohen today to get the experienced legal representation you need to prove your RSD injury claim.