CRPS, formerly called RSD, is a chronic pain disorder. This disorder can cause suffering, loss of function of affected limb, loss of ability to work or complete normal daily tasks, and large medical expenses. If it is determined that a patient has contracted CRPS as a result of medical malpractice or a specific injury, such as a car accident, the patient may be entitled to compensation.
Seeking Legal Help for RSD
If it is suspected that CRPS is a result of medical malpractice or some form of harmful negligence, the first step that a patient should take is to contact an attorney that has experience in dealing with RSD cases. The attorney will listen to the patient’s story, and use it to determine how to begin an investigation.
CRPS Medical Malpractice
It is often difficult to determine the exact cause of CRPS, so an investigation will be necessary. If it is determined that CRPS was a result of an improper surgical procedure, an attorney will begin a medical malpractice investigation. It is important that the patient contact an attorney shortly after the initial diagnosis of CRPS. It may be more difficult to prove medical negligence or other causes of CRPS as time passes.
The patient should never attempt to conduct an investigation without the help of an experienced RSD attorney. If a patient asks doctors and other hospital staff questions pertaining to an RSD lawsuit against the hospital, this may be used against the patient during the trial or hearing. Attempting to extract information about a lawsuit from insurance companies should also be left to an experienced RSD attorney.
How Does an Accident Cause RSD?
RSD usually occurs after an injury to a limb or nerve. If injuries from a car accident are the root cause of CRPS, the driver at fault may be liable. If injury to a nerve occurs during a surgery that is not related to that nerve, the head physician or hospital may be liable. There are many other examples of how malpractice or negligence during a medical procedure or surgery can cause CRPS or RSD.
However, not all cases in which CRPS is contracted after a surgery are found to be the fault of the hospital or physician. Since the cause of CRPS is vague, CRPS is recognized as a complication that follows some surgeries. If it is determined that the physician did not commit medical malpractice, and that CRPS occurred as a result of an injury not sustained at the hospital, this is not considered to be the fault of the hospital or physician.
What does Treatment of CRPS Entail?
CRPS is considered to be a permanent disorder, although some there are some cases of CRPS going into remission. The condition is much more likely to go into remission if the patient seeks aggressive treatment as soon as possible. The expenses of treating the disease can become considerable, as many patients will need to continue these forms of treatment on a frequent and lifelong basis.
Treatment of CRPS may include:
• Physical therapy
• Prescription medications
• Electrical implants to stimulate affected nerve or limb
• Repeated doctor and hospital visits
If it is determined that CRPS in a patient has been caused by hospital or individual negligence, the hospital or individual can and should be responsible for compensating the patient for these costs. Patients should contact an RSD attorney as soon as possible after diagnosis to ensure compensation if negligence or medical malpractice is the suspected cause of CRPS. Feel free to contact one of our CRPS Lawyers today.
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