Washington Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Lawyers
It can be frustrating when you report symptoms to your doctor, but they don’t believe you. When this happens to a patient suffering from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), the consequences can be devastating. CRPS can progress significantly if the patient doesn’t receive the correct diagnosis and treatment in time.
CRPS is a condition that causes severe pain. Unfortunately, doctors often ignore or minimize the patient’s symptoms, hoping that the problem will go away on its own.
Delayed treatment for CRPS may cause a patient to become permanently disabled. If you or a loved one was harmed by a doctor who misdiagnosed your CRPS, it could be medical malpractice. CRPS can also be caused by a surgical error.
For over 40 years, the trial lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have been helping patients injured by medical malpractice. We have won hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. is one of the most successful medical malpractice law firms in the country. Our firm has earned a coveted AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, an honor recognizing attorneys with the highest ethical standards and legal ability. If you were injured due to misdiagnosed complex regional pain syndrome, we want to hear about it.
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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic neuro-inflammatory disorder that causes the patient’s nerve fibers to send inaccurate messages to the brain. Patients suffering from CRPS often experience severe pain.
CRPS most frequently attacks the patient’s arm, hand, leg, or foot. Patients with CRPS may be suffering intense pain that doesn’t seem to have an immediate cause. They may also be experiencing allodynia, which causes the patient to feel severe pain when someone slightly touches their skin.
Frequent symptoms of CRPS include:
- Severe pain
- Muscle spasms
- A cold or burning sensation
- Reduced mobility
- Skin becomes shiny or discolored
- Excessive sweating
- Abnormal hair or nail growth
- Highly sensitive to touch
- Muscle weakness
- Increased temperature on one side of the body
CRPS is often triggered by a medical event, which may include:
- Torn ligaments
- Bone fractures
- Heart attacks
- Traumatic injury
- Botched surgery
Doctors frequently fail to connect a patient’s CRPS and the event that triggered it. Because the patient’s pain doesn’t seem to match their current medical condition, doctors will often discount CRPS symptoms. That’s why it’s so important for doctors to take the time to review the patient’s medical history.
As soon as a patient has received the correct diagnosis, a doctor can begin to treat their condition. There are several types of treatments to effectively relieve the patient’s pain and counteract the damaging effects of CRPS.
When the proper medical care is administered in time, it can dramatically improve the patient’s prognosis. This helps prevent CRPS from progressing to the point of a patient becoming seriously debilitated.
Medical treatments for CRPS include:
- Nerve-blocking medication. These injections often provide necessary pain relief.
- Corticosteroids can help reduce inflammation.
- Antidepressants may help treat pain caused by damaged nerves.
- Ketamine given intravenously in low doses often provides positive results.
- Pain relievers. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications can help relieve the patient’s pain.
- Blood pressure medication may help relieve symptoms.
- Pain patches and topical analgesics provide direct relief to the affected area.
- Intrathecal drug pumps. Also known as a “pain pump,” this is a surgically implanted device that delivers pain medication.
In addition to medical intervention, there are several types of therapy and other remedies that are often effective when provided under a doctor’s supervision, including:
- Heat therapy
- Physical therapy
- Biofeedback Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
Washington is home to some of our nation’s most beautiful destinations, including Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier, and North Cascade National Park. Getting the proper treatment for CRPS will allow you to enjoy the outdoor activities that make it so nice to live in Washington.
Doctors who refuse to investigate symptoms put their patients at risk. Patients who suffer from undiagnosed CRPS can develop irreversible symptoms that may cause permanent physical disabilities, including:
- Chronic pain
- Stiff muscles
- Deterioration of the skin, muscles, and bone
- Limbs, hands, feet, and toes become stuck in a fixed position
Since 1981, Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. has been dedicated to meeting the needs of our clients and helping them get the justice they deserve. We appreciate the seriousness of CRPS malpractice and understand the severe impact that resulting injuries can have on patients.
Our Washington medical malpractice attorneys are dedicated to providing exceptional and compassionate legal counsel. If you or a loved one has been a victim of CRPS malpractice, we want to hear about it.
Call the Washington CRPS lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. at (877) 433-3906. We know how to listen, and we’re here to help.