Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) can result in a lifetime of expenses for patients. In many cases, CRPS cannot be cured. As a result, patients must live with recurrent medical costs for the duration of their lives. Patients may be eligible to file a CRPS lawsuit if adequate evidence shows that their condition developed due to the negligence or malpractice of a third party, such as a doctor or hospital.
If the patient’s lawsuit reaches settlement or a favorable trial outcome, the patient has the opportunity to recover financial compensation to cover the costs of the condition. In order to ensure the best possible chances for financial recovery, the patient is strongly urged to hire an experienced CRPS lawyer. The legal costs of a CRPS lawsuit depend on a number of factors.
CRPS Medical Costs
It is estimated that the average cost per year to treat CRPS is roughly $20,000. However, this estimate excludes physical, psychological, and occupational therapy. Therapies such as these can significantly increase costs. Over the course of a patient’s lifetime, managing CRPS can cost upwards of one million dollars.
CRPS medical costs may include:
• Medical professionals, including doctors, occupational and physical therapists, and psychologists
• Medications, therapies and other forms of treatment
• Loss of wages and the capacity to earn future wages
• Loss of household services, including cleaning, cookies, shopping, repairs, etc.
• Personal attendant care to help with dressing, bathing, transportation, and other tasks
• Disability appliances, such as crutches, wheelchairs, and shower stools
• Modifications to the home, especially in cases of confinement to a wheelchair
CRPS Legal Costs
Legal costs for a CRPS case will vary, depending on a number of factors. For this reason, it is important that each CRPS patient consults more than one CRPS lawyer before making a hiring decision. During an initial consultation with a CRPS lawyer, legal costs can be discussed. Many RSD lawyers offer free consultations to evaluate the client’s case, provide introductory information, and answer questions regarding the legal process and associated costs.
CRPS Court Costs
The cost of a CRPS lawsuit often depends on the duration of the lawsuit. Typically, less legal fees are accrued from a case that is settled outside of court before the case reaches trial. However, cases that are tried before a jury take more time and involve more costs. It is also important to note that in many cases, the “winning” party of the CRPS lawsuit may be entitled to recover out-of-pocket costs from the other party. Before filing a CRPS lawsuit, clients should consult an attorney regarding this possibility.
CRPS Costs by State
The state that the CRPS lawsuit is filed in can pay a large role. A number of states follow a court rule or statute that provides a specific sliding scale or limit on contingency fees that attorneys are permitted to charge their medical malpractice clients. In several of these states, these rules also apply to broader cases than simply medical malpractice.
States such as Utah and Tennessee have set the contingency fee limit to one third of the settlement or judgment, regardless of how much is recovered from the case. Florida’s contingency fee limits are set based on the stage that a CRPS lawsuit reaches. If the case goes to trial, the attorney is entitled to earn more. If the case is appealed, the attorney is entitled to a larger share.
The Importance of Hiring a CRPS Lawyer
For patients who wish to sue a third party for development of CRPS, hiring an experienced and knowledgeable CRPS lawyer is imperative. CRPS lawsuits are often complex and difficult to navigate. These cases may also be difficult to prove, as CRPS can be caused by a number of events or conditions.
The services of a CRPS lawyer are often costly due to the amount of time, research, and involvement needed to successfully carry out a CRPS lawsuit. However, the assistance of an experienced professional is invaluable to CRPS cases that involve significant physical, psychological, emotional, and financial damage to the victim.
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