Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Claims
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Many people suffer from RSD after being in a car crash or some other accident. If you are now trying to deal with this pain disorder after someone caused you harm, you may have a personal injury claim against them for your initial injury and the RSD. Contact the experienced Birmingham injury attorneys at Belt & Bruner, P.C. to learn about your options. We have extensive experience proving reflex sympathetic dystrophy claims and helping accident victims to obtain the compensation that can help them improve their lives when coping with this painful condition.
What is RSD?
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is a rare disease that few people know about or understand until they have to deal with it personally or witness a loved one go through it. RSD is also known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), which is a title that starts to make a little more sense of the injury. Someone with RSD suffers from chronic, severe pain in one particular region of their body.
RSD is an illness that usually begins after someone experiences a physical trauma, such as a crushed hand, a severe fracture in an arm or leg, or even an amputation of a limb. Sometimes more minor trauma like an infection can lead to RSD. This initial injury triggers a second harm, the pain syndrome, which might be caused by underlying communication issues between the central and peripheral nervous systems. The exact underlying causes of RSD aren’t well understood.
There are actually two types of this injury, according to the Mayo Clinic. The first, which is the type called RSD, occurs after an injury that did not directly hurt the nerves in the limb that are currently affected. Most of the people with complex regional pain syndrome experience this type. The second more rare type of complex regional pain syndrome occurs after a specific nerve injury. Meaning the nerves currently affected were the same ones that experienced the initial trauma.
Symptoms of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
People with RSD typically start to feel pain and burning in the affected area, which is usually a limb. The feelings can be throughout the arm, for instance, or localized in the palm of the hand or fingers. It can be in one or both legs or in a knee. Where a person experiences pain is entirely dependent on their experience.
Common signs include:
- Throbbing pain
- A continuous burning sensation
- Joint stiffness
- Decreased mobility
- Overly hot or cold skin
- Overly sensitive skin
- Skin can change color, such as turning white or red
The Mayo Clinic warns that people with RSD can suffer from tissue atrophy and muscle tightening. Atrophy is the wasting away of muscle, skin, and even bones. This occurs when it is too difficult or painful to move the limb, so the immobile limb becomes weaker. Muscle tightening can force your hand, fingers, foot, or toes into one position.
Additionally, the symptoms can spread and change over time. This can be because of physical changes, but it’s also related to a person’s emotional wellbeing and stress. People dealing with the pain and discomfort of RSD may need to work with a counselor on how to handle the stress of the situation. This can ultimately help with the person’s treatment and recovery.
RSD can be a life-long illness. Treatment should start as early as possible in order to be effective.
Your Legal Options
If your current RSD is related to an injury from an auto collision or some other accident caused by another person’s negligence, then you may be able to seek compensation through a personal injury case. Taking a personal injury claim to court can be complex. You must prove that the other person’s negligent or reckless behavior caused the accident that led to your initial injury. Then, you will need to be able to show the damages you’ve sustained, from the initial injury to your RSD.
If your case is successful, you may be able to obtain compensation for your:
- Medical costs
- Loss of income
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of your relationship with your spouse
Our Birmingham RSD Lawyers Can Help
If you suffer from RSD because of an injury from an accident, contact the lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C. We have more than 65 years of collective experience handling personal injury cases, including situations that lead to rare injuries. In particular, we have had many successful results in RSD cases.
We understand that life with RSD is challenging. Your mental and physical energy often is consumed by simply managing your condition. That’s why we’ll be there for you every step of the way in your case. We’ll investigate your accident and injuries, gather the evidence needed to establish the cause of your RSD, negotiate with insurance companies or responsible parties, and take your case to court if that’s what needs to happen to secure the best result for you.
Call Belt & Bruner at today to schedule a free consultation about your RSD case and learn your legal options.