Atlanta CRPS Lawyer
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a rare and misunderstood chronic pain condition that affects the limbs of some injury victims. Due to its complex and confusing nature, the condition is often misdiagnosed and untreated for a very long time, causing additional pain and suffering to the victim.
If you believe you are suffering from CRPS or have been belatedly diagnosed with the condition following a work injury, The Law Office of Arthur E. Snead, LLC can help. As an experienced Atlanta Complex Regional Pain Syndrome attorney, I will properly settle your workers’ compensation case in a manner that will ensure you receive the compensation you deserve to recover from both your original injury and CRPS.
What Does Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Feel Like?
The strange nature of CRPS makes it difficult for both physicians and patients to identify it as a problem. Many people don’t even know it exists, so trying to explain their symptoms to their doctor can be incredibly difficult and may even lead some people to believe they are imagining the whole thing. Yet, while misunderstood, CPRS is acknowledged as a real and serious condition and there are methods of treatment available.
CPRS tends to occur following another injury, such as a slip and fall, and usually affects a single limb, like an arm or a leg. One strong indicator of this condition is a feeling of intense pain that is disproportionately painful in comparison to your original injury. For example, if you sprain your ankle at work and later experience blinding pain in your foot for an extended period, you may have CRPS.
Other symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome include:
- Changes in hair and nail growth and appearance near the affected area
- Changes in skin color, ranging from white and blotchy to red or blue
- Changes in skin temperature from hot and sweaty to cold and clammy
- Changes in skin texture, which may become tender, thin, or shiny
- Continuous burning or throbbing pain
- Decreased ability to move the affected body part
- Joint stiffness, swelling, and damage
- Muscle spasms, tremors, weakness, and loss
- Sensitivity to touch or cold
If left untreated, CRPS can lead to complications such as tissue wasting (atrophy) or muscle tightening (contracture). Though doctors have observed that CRPS usually follows another injury, the exact cause is unknown. Speak to your doctor right away if you suspect you have CRPS.
CRPS & Workers’ Compensation
CRPS is painful and debilitating, yet extremely difficult to diagnose. This often causes an accident victim to suffer for much longer than necessary. Once diagnosed, treatment can only manage the condition but not cure it—CRPS can only go away with time.
My firm has experience dealing with victims of CRPS, so we understand the idiosyncrasies of the condition as well as the treatment involved. This enables us to build your workers’ compensation case around receiving the compensation you need to cover ongoing treatment and therapy that will help you manage CRPS for as long as necessary. We can also help you get the medical documentation to prove that you have CRPS and are unable to work. Best of all, we don’t charge you anything unless we manage to settle your case in your favor.