Denver Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Lawyers
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a life-altering condition brought on by malfunctioning nerves. Not everyone who suffers a traumatic injury develops it, but those who do are often left in incredible pain and are unable to carry on their day to day lives.
If you have developed CRPS because of someone else’s negligence, you may need strong legal help. We at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have decades of experience representing people whose lives have been changed by CRPS. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. Contact us today at (303) 759-9945 and find out how we can help you.
The most common symptom of CRPS is an intense, persistent pain that refuses to go away. It may feel as though the impacted limb is constantly being squeezed. It is also commonly referred to as a burning or pins and needles sensation. This pain may also spread up the limb. Even if it only started in a finger, it could affect your entire arm over time.
There are other symptoms to watch out for as well. These include:
- Skin color and texture changes in the impacted area
- An unusual sweating pattern in the affected limb
- General stiffness in the impacted joints
- Difficulty in controlling the movement of muscles
- A decreased ability to actually move the impacted limb
- Involuntary tremors or jerking movements from the limb
- An inability to move the affected limb from one fixed position (called dystonia)
- Odd hair and nail growth patterns
- High skin sensitivity
- An abnormal change in skin temperature
All of these symptoms will usually be secondary to the pain. If you are experiencing any of the listed issues combined with a constant, nagging pain, seek medical attention as soon as possible to get a clear diagnosis.
It’s still not completely known why some people develop CRPS while others don’t. However, it’s been found that the syndrome is usually caused by some sort of physical injury or trauma. This sort of trauma can be caused by a number of things, including bone breaks and fractures, nerve injuries, casts that are too tight, or even just a misplaced needle when visiting the doctor.
It isn’t unusual to find Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in those who have been involved in vehicle collisions or in victims suffering from injuries brought on by medical malpractice. The constant pain can have a severe impact on your life and make you unable to go about your day as you would normally. That is why receiving treatment, as well as compensation if your syndrome was caused by negligence, is so important.
Complex regional pain syndrome can be treated in a number of ways. It all depends on what the cause of the syndrome is, and what your physician decides is best. You may be treated with medications, surgery, neural stimulation, or physical therapy. Whatever the treatment, the recovery process can be long and difficult, and, not to mention, costly. CRPS often comes with a large price tag, which can be difficult to pay, especially if it was caused by someone else’s bad decisions.
However, treating the syndrome as soon as possible, is incredibly important. Allowing CRPS to go untreated can lead to atrophy, or the deterioration of muscles, bones, and skin, as you may lack the ability to properly move or exercise the affected limb. Lack of treatment can also result in the tightening of muscles, leaving your limb in a locked position.
It can be difficult to reverse these complications once they have become serious, which is why a misdiagnosis or waiting on treatment is so dangerous.
Filing a claim may be the last thing on your mind if you’re dealing with the pain that comes with CRPS. But if your syndrome was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you deserve compensation. The Denver injury attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have years of experience that we use to fight for our clients. Contact us at (303) 759-9945 and let us fight for you and your case.