Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a condition characterized by sharp, localized chronic pain or burning in the leg or arm. CRPS can often occur in connection with a serious injury, such as a car accident injury or work accident.

Some symptoms of CRPS can include:

  • Intense pain that is chronic and ongoing
  • Swelling of limbs or joints
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • High temperatures
  • Increased or abnormal sweating
  • Hypersensitivity to touch  

Complex regional pain syndrome is also sometimes known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). In some cases, in can interfere with a person’s ability to work or perform everyday tasks.

Who Can be Held Liable for CRPS Injuries?

Each case of complex regional pain syndrome is different. In many instances, liability for CPRS injuries or conditions can be traced directly to a specific party. In particular, a person can be held liable for the CRPS injuries of another person if they have acted negligently or recklessly.

A common example of this is with a car accident. As mentioned, CRPS can result in connection with injuries sustained in a car accident. Here, the party responsible for the accident can also be held liable for resulting CRPS conditions that were directly caused by the accident.

Other examples of CRPS liability are cases where an industrial disease or work accident is involved (in which case, a negligent employer may be held liable), or a product defect case, where a manufacturer is held liable for injuries resulting from the defective product.

Are There any Legal Remedies for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Claims?

CRPS can often be serious and may require legal action to resolve any disputes. In such cases, the remedy will usually involve some form of monetary damages award. The award may compensate the injured party for losses such as hospital bills, treatment costs, ongoing medication expenses, and other costs such as lost wages caused by the CRPS condition.

In some cases, additional damages may be awarded. An example of this is when punitive damages are awarded for cases involving injuries that were caused intentionally.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Lawsuit?

CRPS lawsuits can be complex and will typically require the assistance of a lawyer. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a CRPS lawsuit. Your attorney can provide you with legal services and research for your claim, and can represent you during the legal process as well.