A growing number of claims are filed in Illinois and across the country each year by victims of reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSD) or, as it is more recently referred to, complex regional pain syndrome, Type I (CRPS Type I). When you or someone you know has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligent or careless act, resulting in CRPS Type I or any other nerve related or spinal cord injury, you need legal representation by attorneys experienced in the complexities of your debilitating condition. Newland & Newland, LLP represents RSD/CRPS Type I clients in Chicagoland and throughout Illinois.
CRPS Type I Characteristics
In RSD/CRPS Type I, the source of the initial injury can be unknown, and is generally disproportionate to the level of chronic pain and body assault. CRPS Type I involves soft tissue damage in an extremity that may involve minor nerve damage. It can then escalate to a seriously painful and debilitating set of symptoms that affects an upper or lower limb, or the whole extremity. The condition has historically been difficult to categorize diagnostically and presents a challenge to medical and therapeutic practitioners to define an appropriate treatment protocol.
RSD is now often called CRPS Type I to emphasize the highly complex integration and interaction of somatic, psychological, and behavioral factors in the syndrome and the regional distribution of symptoms. Your injury may have started with a burn, a sprain, or tear in soft tissues; you have been given the diagnosis of tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, or some other type of inflammatory condition. Then symptoms escalate with associated conditions, such as:
- Chronic and intense pain
- Continuous burning or throbbing pain in limbs
- Altered sensation to touch and cold
- Restricted and labored movement in affected body part
- Muscle spasms and contractions
- Joint damage, stiffness, or swelling
- Edema, build up of excessive fluid around the painful area
- Instability in walking, frequent falling
- Changes in skin texture, temperature, and color
- Problems in sleeping
- Depression, anxiety, and psychological problems
It is important to note that in the course of medical diagnosis and treatment for the pain and suffering you experience in the RSD/CRPS Type I, you may have been given other diagnoses for your condition, such as:
- Sudek’s atrophy
- Shoulder-hand syndrome (SHS)
- Sympathetically-maintained pain (SMP)
If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions, with CRPS Type I, or CRPS Type II in the aftermath of a personal injury in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, a slip and fall accident, or a surgical error and medical malpractice, contact Newland & Newland, LLP for a free initial consultation at one of our six offices. We represent clients throughout Illinois including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, and McHenry County.