Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Compensation Claims

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by complex regional pain syndrome, we can help.

If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Claiming injury compensation with a solicitor

You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

Your solicitor will ask you about what happened, and they will collect evidence to prove what caused your injuries. Your solicitor will also work out how much money you can claim, based on your injuries, lost earnings and other expenses.

We can help you make a personal injury compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

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Introduction

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that can be triggered by a traumatic injury. CRPS can be severe, debilitating and long-lasting. Although the condition can often be managed with medication and various treatments, there is no known cure.

It is estimated that 1 in every 3,800 people will develop CRPS each year in the UK. Of these, around half will completely recover. The rest are likely to live with the pain of CRPS for the rest of their lives.

If you have been diagnosed with CRPS as a result of an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation.

What are the 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 in effect overreacting to an injury.

What are the 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 associated 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.

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 primary injury has healed.

The gap between the onset of chronic pain and the primary injury means that people often don't link the two and do not claim the compensation they would otherwise be entitled to.

How making a claim can help you

CRPS can have a significant and debilitating effect on your 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 counseling to assist with the psychological effects of the condition
  • Physiotherapy to prevent muscle wastage and strengthen the affected area
  • Travel costs.

Your compensation will be calculated based on the severity of your illness and the long-term effect it has had on your life. As an initial step, a personal injury solicitor will arrange an independent medical assessment to assess the severity of your condition and ensure that you receive the medical attention you need.

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

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Complex regional pain syndrome compensation amounts

The following complex regional pain syndrome payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Fifteenth Edition by the Judicial College.

These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.

Example Amount
Chronic pain
Moderate pain disorder £16,800 to £30,690
Moderate Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) £22,340 to £41,860
Serious, persisting pain disorder £33,590 to £50,210
Severe Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) £41,860 to £66,970

What is the average injury compensation for an injury claim?

The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.

However, the money you would receive following an injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.

Your injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life and your ability to work, and on the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.

Calculate my injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

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How long does a complex regional pain syndrome claim take?

How long it can take to win compensation for complex regional pain syndrome can vary considerably.

For example, a simple liability accepted injury claim can settle in a month or two. However, if liability is denied it could take considerably longer. On average an injury claim should take 4 to 9 months. For more information on how long your claim could take, see: How long will my claim take?

How else can a solicitor help me?

Your solicitor will handle your injury claim from the initial FREE case evaluation, through to the financial settlement.

Your solicitor will work with other specialists to provide caring and sensitive support and help you with:

  • Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
  • Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
  • Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
  • Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. Solicitors settle the vast majority of claims out of court.

Less than 5% of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are decided by a judge or magistrate, not a jury.

Even if the claim does go to court, it is very unlikely you will have to attend.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

No win, no fee - the facts

With a no win, no fee agreement, your solicitor agrees that you will have no legal fees to pay whatsoever if you do not winn your claim .

No win, no fee - our guarantee

Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is no financial risk in making an injury claim - even if you don't win your claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

If your injury claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

How do personal injury solicitors get paid?

If your complex regional pain syndrome claim is successful, the defendant, or their insurer, will pay the compensation and your solicitors fees.

Why do most solicitors charge 25%?

25% success fees are charged by most law firms as this is the maximum fee that the Ministry of Justice allows them to charge. complex regional pain syndrome claims can take a solicitor hundreds of hours work and they receive nothing if the case is lost. The success fee will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may vary. Call us for more information.

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

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Injury FAQ's

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

Yes. You may still be able to claim compensation even if your actions may have contributed to the accident.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

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Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long do I have to make an injury claim?

In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the injury to make an injury claim.

The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.

Can I claim for an injury after 3 years?

Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.

However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.

If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.

There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim injury compensation.

In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether an injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.

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Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are handled by email, post and phone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

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Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

I need the money now - what are my options?

If you are unable to work and have bills to pay, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is an advance on your compensation payment. Any amount you receive in interim payments would be deducted from your final compensation payment.

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How to I get an interim compensation payment?