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Did You Develop Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy After An Accident Caused By Negligence?

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, RSD develops after someone suffers a traumatic injury. If you were seriously injured by the negligent acts of another person, business or organization and now suffer from RSD, contact our skilled legal team at Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP, Attorneys at Law. Our lawyers have more than 75 combined years of legal experience, and they will work tirelessly to ensure that you are receiving the medical attention you require and the compensation you deserve.

Triggering Events That Can Lead To RSD

Although unpredictable, RSD often develops after significant injuries and illnesses, including:

  • A major infection
  • The severing of one or more limbs from the body
  • The breaking or crushing of bones
  • Multiple cuts and bruises that lead to more severe conditions
  • A disease that has not been treated promptly due to misdiagnosis

RSD usually involves pain in the arms, legs, hands or feet, and the affected body part only becomes more painful over time. 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 their arms, there is potential for it to spread to the legs.

Treatment Is Often Highly Involved And Expensive

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. Our attorneys understand the difficulties that RSD sufferers face, and when the condition is due to a traumatic injury caused by another’s negligence, they will be there to help you seek full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses.

Discuss Your Case For Free With Attorneys Who Listen And Care

If you believe you have a legal claim related to RSD, don’t entrust your case to just anyone. Contact our lawyers at Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP, Attorneys at Law. We offer free initial consultations and don’t collect any legal fees until and unless our attorneys help you recover money. To get started, call us in New York City at 917-730-7151. You can also message us online.