Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition. The condition is characterized by a constant, intense pain from which it is difficult to obtain relief. Obviously, any unfortunate individual suffering from RSD will endure a much lower quality of life than we all expect to enjoy.
RSD can occur from various diseases, not all of which can be cured. More often, however, is the RSD that is caused when someone suffers a traumatic injury. Think of the intense and ongoing pain that would occur if you or a loved one suffered from:
– a major infection
– severing of one or more limbs from the body
– breaking or crushing of bones
– multiple cuts and bruises which lead to more severe conditions
– disease which has not been treated promptly due to misdiagnosis
The part of the body affected by RSD only becomes more painful over time. RSD usually involves pain in the arms, legs, hands, or feet. What complicates this situation further is that this pain will typically spread to another part of the body. For instance, if a patient is infected with RSD in his arms, there is potential for it to spread to the legs.
Doctors do not know what causes RSD and therefore have been unable to find a cure. Treatment consists of ways to alleviate the pain by prescribing a number of topical analgesics, antidepressants, corticosteroids, and opioids. Some doctors suggest physical therapy, sympathetic nerve block, spinal cord stimulation, and intrathecal drug pumps to deliver opioids and local anesthetic agents via the spinal cord. The prognosis for RSD varies from patient to patient. Some patients undergo an unexpected remission while others are subjected to irreversible pain or crippling, regardless of treatment.
An early diagnosis of RSD or CRPS makes an important difference in terms of how the condition will progress or if it can be forced into remission. The later the diagnosis, the more pain a patient will experience. A diagnosis of RSD/CRPS, can mean a lifetime of medical bills, emotional and social debilitation, and, of course, chronic pain.
The Personal Injury attorneys at Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein understand the difficulties that RSD sufferers face and when the condition is due to a traumatic injury that occurred as a result of the negligent or intentional acts of another, the attorneys at Antin, Ehrlich are here to provide the representation that is required.
If you or your loved one has suffers from RSD as the result of an injury caused by someone else, don’t trust your claim with just anyone. Contact the lawyers at Antin, Ehrlich, and Epstein, and we will work to ensure that you are receiving the medical attention you require and the compensation you deserve. We will be your #1 advocates to ensure that you receive everything you and your loved ones deserve.