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If you suffer from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome and live in Pennsylvania, call us. Let the lawyers at Console and Associates fight for the compensation you deserve. You focus on what’s most important: getting better.
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Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a form of chronic pain that affects arms and legs. It flares up after patients receive treatment for an injury or condition, and the pain is significantly out of proportion to the initial injury. The most common form of CRPS is reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSD), which makes up 90 percent of all cases.
While RSD can go into remission when caught early, it can become debilitating and painful when left untreated. One common cause of RSD is when a doctor or nurse hits your nerves while drawing blood or giving you an injection. Their moment of negligence or inattention could leave you with a lifetime of pain. That’s not right.
If you suffer from RSD in a way that affects your day-to-day life, you might have a viable malpractice case. You shouldn’t have to keep suffering because of someone else,s mistakes.
Why are People Suing?
RSD is the result of trauma to the peripheral and central nervous systems. According to UW Medicine, regional pain syndrome is preventable if the doctors and hospital staff know to watch for it and educate the patient on the symptoms.
Like many conditions, RSD treatment is easier when doctors diagnose it early. The severity of the nerve pain is lower in patients who received immediate treatment as opposed to those the medical staff neglected. Patients put trust in their doctors and nurses in hopes that they will make them better, not worse. Whether the hospital caused your RSD or failed to diagnose it, you’re the one who has to suffer for their mistake. You left the hospital worse off than you were before.
Many patients think chronic pain is a normal part of treatment. It’s not. Experts consider both CRPS and RSD extremely rare, and there should be cause for concern if you develop it.
According to the CDC, more than 67 million patients received doses of an HPV vaccine between 2006 and 2015. During that time, medical professionals reported 22 cases of CRPS. The CDC extensively studied the risk of CRPS inpatients and found the likelihood was nominal: just 22 cases out of 67 million. When a shot is administered properly, chronic pain should not occur.
The organization American RSDHope says CRPS presents itself in two to five percent of individuals that have peripheral injuries. They estimate there are fewer than 200,000 cases in the United States. In fact, NORD, The National Organization for Rare Disorders, named CRPS a rare disease.
While doctors might not know much about the causes of this disease, the fact that it’s uncommon and treatable when caught early means there’s no reason for most patients to suffer from it.
According to RSD Canada, 50 percent of CRPS cases go undiagnosed in the United States. This might be because the case is mild enough for the doctor and patient to overlook, or because the doctor is negligent in fully checking the patient’s health.
When RSD cases go undiagnosed, patients go untreated and suffer quietly in pain. The McGill Pain Index qualifies pain levels based on severity and gives them a score between one and 50. For example, non-terminal cancer is in the mid-20s, a severe sprain or arthritis is in the high-teens, and childbirth is in the 30s. RSD/CRPS has a score of 42. It is more painful than most short-term ailments but lasts for years.
When doctors leave your RSD undiagnosed, they are setting you up for a lifetime of excruciating pain. You’re not getting the proper long-term care you need. This is why the team at Console and Associates is so passionate about RSD cases. We understand the pain you’re in and how it affects your life.
The Compensation You Deserve
Every claim is unique, so it’s impossible to know what your claim is worth until you speak with an attorney. Like many malpractice injury claims, RSD cases cover more than just your medical bills. While our RSD lawyers start by looking at the treatment you received (and any expenses you paid for as a result of your medical provider’s negligence), we also take other factors into consideration:
- Pain and Suffering: CRPS/RSD is an incredibly painful condition, and you deserve compensation for how this syndrome affects your daily life.
- Medication Costs: Many patients rely on medication to treat their RSD. These prescriptions can be expensive and also affect your health insurance costs.
- Long-Term Treatment: Patients who suffer from RSD often require more doctors’ appointments and physical therapy to work through weakness or pain.
- Lost Wages: RSD treatment means patients have to take more time off of work or have to quit their jobs entirely. Our cases also account for lost income.
Once our team considers all these factors, the RSD attorney working on your case can develop a lawsuit plan to get you maximum compensation.
Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
Common Questions About RSD Lawsuits
Speaking to a Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney is the first step towards getting justice for your RSD. The next step is moving forward with your claim. Let the lawyers at our firm walk you through the claims process and get you full compensation.
These questions are just a handful of concerns people have. If you have additional questions, call our offices and ask. We’re here to listen to you.
Speak With An RSD Attorney
If you’re still unsure about your RSD case, call today and ask for a free consultation. During this time, we can explain our process and discuss your case, or simply listen to your concerns and address any questions you may have. We are here for you and will take whatever time you need to make sure you feel comfortable.
Contact us today or give our offices a call to set up a time to talk about RSD. You are already in pain because of your condition; the last thing you need is to feel stressed about talking to professionals about your case.
Uncommon RSD Side Effects
While pain, swelling, and sensitivity of the infected area are the most common side effects of an RSD injury, medical professionals are discovering additional problems that arise in patients as well. Knowing these symptoms and how they affect your life can help us make your case and help you realize how RSD completely changes your life.
If you suffer from RSD, you shouldn’t have to suffer alone. Call us. We’ll review your claim and help you hold the people responsible for your suffering accountable. The call is free, and you’ll never pay a penny for the claim until we get you your settlement.