Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Are You Disabled Due to Severe Pain?

With even more motorists on the roads than ever, accidents are bound to happen—and most of us will experience at least one car wreck (and unfortunately, probably more than that) in our lifetime. Even the mildest of car crashes can be scary and cause some level of trauma.

But if you have been in a more serious accident, not only is there the possibility that some of the other passengers could have been hurt too or even lost their lives, you also may have experienced major contusions, broken limbs, a head or back injury, or other serious repercussions.

In these cases, it may take a long time to recover, and you may have sustained injuries with long-lasting effects that will not only change your quality of life but force you to adapt in ways you had not expected. If you have been hurt, consult with a skilled car accident attorney from a law firm like Heintz & Becker so they can review your case and help you fight for the compensation you are owed.

Car accidents can have effects that last long past the crash. From dealing with injuries to property damage, to insurance companies, and more, you may also have further health issues. Complex regional pain syndrome is a condition that may surprise you with symptoms that are far worse than the original injury from the accident; for instance, you may have had an ankle sprain that triggers CRPS. Usually one limb is affected, and it may not even be the one that was originally hurt.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, even if you initially injured just a finger or a toe, an entire arm or leg may hurt, due to damage to the central nervous center.

Symptoms of CRPS may include a burning sensation in the limb, or it may feel cold and sweaty. There may be changes to the color of your skin, leaving it tinged with blue, pink, or red—or it may appear very pale. Some CRPS symptoms may leave you disabled, however. Pain may severely restrict movement. This could be due to inflammation, swelling, and joints that are so stiff you have trouble moving the affected arm or leg (CRPS may even at times begin to affect other limbs). Hands or feet may also become fixed in one position, making it impossible to perform normal daily tasks, or even walk. Muscles may also jerk or shake uncontrollably, or they may become atrophied due to this rare condition.

If you have been disabled due to CRPS, your quality of life may have been affected along with your income as you are temporarily, or permanently, unable to work.

To consult with a skilled CRPS lawyer, contact Heintz & Becker today. Our attorneys have helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help, and if you cannot come to us, we will come to you.

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