When Your Car Collision Causes Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a condition that can develop after an injury. It involves chronic pain that is more severe and debilitating than would be expected to result from the injury. Symptoms of CRPS include swelling in the affected area, decreased mobility, changes in the texture or color of the skin, and sensitivity to touch and cold. Complex regional pain syndrome usually affects the arms or legs, leaving you unable to walk without intense pain. A disorder like CRPS can have a long-lasting impact on your ability to enjoy day-to-day life. So, what happens after you develop it following a car accident?
How Can a Car Crash Cause Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
CRPS is typically the result of physical trauma to the body, so it may occur after car collisions and accidents. The force of impact in a collision can cause a wide range of injuries, including bone fractures, sprains and strains, internal injuries, and head injuries. Individuals involved in a car wreck may find themselves developing painful symptoms, including:
- Pain, swelling, and stiffness of the joints
- Burning or a pins and needles sensation
- Feeling of pressure in a limb
- Restricted movement
- Shininess or discoloration of the skin
- Involuntary shaking or jerking of the limbs
- Difficulty controlling muscle movement
- Unusual sweating in the affected limb
How Can CRPS Affect Your Life?
Symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome can be so severe that they cause permanent disability. The muscles can become fixed in a particular position, such as a hand that remains curled, leaving you unable to move that body part. Pain with CRPS can be persistent and debilitating and make day-to-day life utterly excruciating. On top of all that, recovery can be long and difficult. This condition can dramatically impact a person’s ability to earn a living and as well as lower their quality of life.
Treatment for complex regional pain syndrome can vary, depending on what caused the condition and the treating physician’s recommendations. Possible treatments include medication, physical therapy, neural stimulation, and surgery, all of which will likely result in high medical bills. This means that not only can CRPS leave you unable to move without extreme pain, it could also leave you in heavy debt. However, allowing CRPS to go untreated can lead to deterioration of muscles, skin, and bone, tightening of the muscles, and loss of mobility in the affected limb. Treatment, as much as it may cost, is key in making sure that you can recover and get back to enjoying your life as pain-free as possible.
An Attorney May be Able to Help
Treatment for complex regional pain syndrome can be extensive and costly and will likely exceed available insurance coverage for most automobile insurance policies. The expense of this treatment will normally require the injured driver to make a claim on their underinsured or uninsured motorist insurance coverage.
CRPS symptoms can be debilitating, and recovery may require extended time away from work. Waiting to treat this condition can be dangerous, as complications can be challenging to reverse. It is important to seek compensation for the medical treatment you need, and for the pain and suffering that comes with CRPS.
If you have developed complex regional pain syndrome after a car crash, it is in your best interests to have an experienced lawyer handling your claim. Insurance companies are in business for profit and will try to minimize their payout. Our Denver car crash attorneys can investigate the vehicle collision that led to your CRPS to determine fault and liability and secure evidence to support your claim. We can assess the full extent of your losses, including pain and suffering, negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf, and fight for your rights in court, if necessary.
Why Choose Us?
Our attorneys at Leventhal & Puga, P.C. have been listed among the top 100 trial lawyers in the U.S., named among Colorado Super Lawyers®, and included among the Best Lawyers in America. We are the top law firm in Colorado for personal injury and medical malpractice. Our unparalleled trial experience is reflected in the verdicts and settlements we have recovered for our clients. If injuries sustained in a car collision caused by someone else’s negligence led to your developing complex regional pain syndrome, call us at (303) 759-9945 or toll-free at (877) 433-3906 to set up a no-charge initial consultation.