After a work-related injury, some people still experience pain in the area where they were injured. The crippling discomfort may occupy a larger part of the healed body part, on the opposite side, or on a different part of the body. This condition is called CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome).
CRPS may at times be severe. Patients with this condition may find it hard to go back to working in their company because of extreme chronic pain and would need continuous treatment. The condition can be caused by an injury while on the job or repetitive stress injuries.
Doctors have diagnosed many patients with CRPS in the United States. However, CRPS is a little more difficult to prove in court with no physical wounds or injury to prove the claim.
Signs and Symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in NC and the Surrounding Area
People who experience this condition can have varying symptoms. The signs of complex regional pain syndrome may spread to other parts of your body. Here are signs and symptoms a patient with CRPS may suffer from:
- Burning sensation
- Chronic pain
- Allodynia (hypersensitivity to touch which causes pain)
- Swelling and stiffness of the affected area
- Changes of skin temperature in the affected area
- Skin discoloration
- Changes in hair and nail growth
- Joint swelling, stiffness, and pain
- Muscle spasms, tremors, weakness, or atrophy
- Changes in skin texture
These signs may continue for months to years, and the worker may not be physically able to go due to discomfort. As the condition worsens, inability to move the affected area’s muscles or atrophy may arise.
Unfortunately, MRI scans, X-rays, and blood tests cannot detect the condition. If symptoms persist beyond half a year, it may be too late to cure. It is best to consult a specialist once you have the symptoms.
Personal Injury Compensation for CRPS
Some workers’ compensation insurance companies refute compensation claims for CRPS. Others even ask a worker to go to the company’s recommended physician for a checkup. The physician will then diagnose the condition as a psychological problem.
When referred to a psychologist, the condition will be falsely connected to a preexisting mental issue. The companies then conclude that the condition was not caused by the injury the worker got on the job. Because of this, the compensation claim will be denied, and the diagnosis of the condition will be delayed.
CRPS is a neurological disorder with no proven cure. If left untreated, it can cause permanent disability. Early detection is critical for treatment, and it will be a long and costly therapy. The worker needs the compensation claim he/she deserves to be able to afford it.
What Are the Factors to Consider for Compensation?
To get all the benefits you deserve, there are factors taken into account to weigh the value of the injury you sustained.
- Overall impact on the worker’s life (mobility, need for assistance/care, etc.)
- Effect on your ability to work
- Severity of pain experienced
- Medication or the necessity of medication
- Your age
- Travel costs
- The extent of treatment
- The impact of the condition to your preexisting conditions
- Affected body parts (if it had spread or not)
- The duration of the condition and progression of it
You are entitled to loss or earnings, medical bills, treatment expenses, loss of pension, care, and assistance provided by others, future expenses, and purchased materials needed to ease the discomfort. The scope of benefits you can claim relies on these factors. Learn about your on the job rights in N.C. here.
Getting the Compensation Benefits You Deserve
Because of the lack of physical evidence and knowledge about the condition, proving the claim is a rather complicated process. Insurance companies are suspicious of these cases and may offer less compensation or even deny the claim. To make a good statement in court, it is best to have all the evidence a worker can gather, including:
- Medical and work history before and after the injury
- Injury reports filed at work
- Prescription or instructions from doctors
- Test results and findings
Application for Social Security Disability
Workers who have a severe case of CRPS may no longer be able to work because of muscle atrophy or chronic discmfort. However, to qualify for the disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will consider the state of your condition. Your ability to do your job will be tested.
With the majority of CRPS claims being denied, you may have a lengthy court battle or to accept the SSA’s decision. For this reason, having an attorney who specializes in CRPS is advisable. They can present an expansive defense that will likely be approved. It is best to consult your personal injury lawyer before you apply for an initial claim.
Consulting the Right Lawyer
To have a better chance at acquiring the personal injury compensation you deserve, it its best to consult an attorney who has experience in workers’ compensation and personal injury litigations concerning CRPS. Having a lawyer who specializes in CRPS can double your chances of winning the case.
Moreover, an experienced lawyer can give you the boost you need in your trial. If the company chooses a settlement, a workers’ compensation lawyer ensures that you fairly receive the maximum benefits for your injury and CRPS.
One of the Most Reliable Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
If you are facing a CRPS case in the Charlotte area, you will need a dependable personal injury attorney who is well-informed in CRPS trials. Trey Collier of Collier Law has wide experience in personal injury and workers’ compensation lawsuits.
He has represented insurance companies before, and he knows what to expect from insurance company cases. You will be better represented by someone who knows both sides of the trial, just like Trey.
Your Health Matters the Most to Us
Recovering from your injury should be your priority. We encourage our clients to put their health first before their work, especially if they are still not fit to work. If by any chance your work injury results in partial or total disability, we will handle the proceedings for you.
Your company cannot force you or pressure you to go back to work. Before going back to work, make sure you have a doctor’s clearance. If your employer demands you to go to work when you have not fully recovered, contact us and we will take care of the situation for you.
Winning Your Case Is Our Goal
We know that some workers have financial issues and are afraid to ask for an attorney’s opinion. With Collier Law, they will not worry about initial fees or consultation fees. We receive the fee for our service after we win a case. Our clients can feel secure knowing that we do our best to represent them in court or in settlements.
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A Genuine Approach to Your Case
It is important for you to know your rights, and we are here to protect them. We will sit and talk to you personally and professionally to learn about you and your situation. We will provide personalized legal representation that suits you best. At Collier Law, we care about your welfare, and we want to give you the peace of mind you deserve.
Our company specializes in workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. By choosing us, you can be assured that we will do our best for you to have what you rightfully deserve. We will be here to guide you, and fight to win the compensation you need. We offer free consultations. For inquiries, contact us today.