Complex regional pain syndrome claims - Introduction

Updated: October 8, 2018

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that is usually triggered by a traumatic injury. The condition can be severe, debilitating and long-lasting. There is no known cure.

It is estimated that one in every 3,800 people will develop CRPS each year in the UK. Of these, around half will get better spontaneously. The rest are likely to live with the pain of CRPS for the rest of their lives.

Anyone who has been diagnosed with CRPS as a result of an accident that was not their fault may be eligible to claim compensation.

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Do I have a claim for complex regional pain syndrome?

If you have suffered complex regional pain syndrome in the last three years and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.

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Causes of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

CRPS typically develops where there is damage to the nervous system, usually after the patient has received an injury or trauma to the affected area. However, a patient may receive a diagnosis of CRPS even where there is no obvious nerve damage. This type of CRPS is known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.

While CRPS is a poorly understood condition, most medical experts agree that it is the result of the body attacking healthy tissue after a trauma, a type of autoimmune disease. This means that the body is reacting in a greater than normal way to an injury.

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Symptoms of CRPS

Symptoms vary from person to person, but the condition is characterised by continuous, disabling pain at the site of injury which may spread to an entire limb or other parts of the body in some cases. The pain is usually described as burning, although some patients may experience stinging, tingling and numbness in the affected area.

Other symptoms include:

  • Swelling in the joints
  • Changes in the temperature and skin colour of the affected area
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Abnormal hair and nail growth
  • Tremors and muscle spasms
  • Sleeping difficulties.

The periods of pain association with CRPS are known as flare-ups. They can last for several days or weeks. As well as causing extreme discomfort, flare-ups can make it difficult for the sufferer to work, move around or carry out their daily activities.

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How does CRPS manifest?

The symptoms of CRPS may manifest within a few days of the primary injury, or they may not become apparent for several weeks or even months after the injury itself has healed.

The gap between the onset of chronic pain the original cause can mean that many people who develop CRPS some time after a road traffic accident or an accident at work fail to claim the compensation they would otherwise be entitled to receive.

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How making a claim can help

CRPS can have a significant, debilitating effect on a person's quality of life. In addition to the pain associated with the condition, individuals often experience loss of income during flare-ups and many find that their ability to work is decreased.

While a settlement can never fully compensate individuals for long periods of suffering, it can help ease the financial burden. An experienced solicitor can help individuals with CRPS secure the highest levels of compensation for specific losses which include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of earnings
  • Pain management services
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling to assist with the psychological effects of the condition
  • Physiotherapy to prevent muscle wastage and strengthen the affected area
  • Travel costs.

Compensation is calculated by reference to the seriousness of the illness and the long-term effect it has on a person's life. As an initial step, an injury lawyer will arrange an independent medical examination to assess the severity of the condition and to ensure that the Claimant receives the medical services that can help ease the condition.

The medical report will then form the basis of the compensation claim.

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