Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy
Injuries from medical malpractice during surgery, or a violent accident such as an automobile collision or high-impact trauma, can sometimes cause a serious medical problem years later. The condition in question is called Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), and many victims are eligible to seek compensation for the medical costs and other expenses related to their injuries.
What is Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy?
Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy, aka Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), effects as many as a million Americans at any one time. RSD is a very serious, yet often misdiagnosed, medical condition that develops as a chronic nerve disease afflicting the part of the victim’s extremities that were injured – most frequently the arms or legs. Medical experts say that RSD can be caused by many of the most common injuries:
- broken bones
- nerve damage
- soft tissue damage
These injuries can occur as a result of both everyday and work-related activities. If you were in an accident, and developed the following symptoms after your original injury, you may be suffering from RSD:
- Excessive sweating
- Sensitivity to touch
- Localized pain, particularly in the limbs
- Burning sensations
- Muscle spasms
- Continual swelling
- Skin changes or disorders
- Softening of the bones
- Continued tenderness or stiffness in the joints
- Unexplained pains
- Limited mobility
- Limited flexibility
RSD is a particularly frustrating medical problem because symptoms can increase in intensity and spread across the body if left untreated. This type of illness also can exact a heavy emotional toll because of the difficulty inherent to identifying and treating it. Cases of severe anxiety disorders, depression, and other mental problems have been reported. According to RSD lawsuits, it is not uncommon for victims to seek help from several doctors before the condition is accurately diagnosed.
Legal Help for RSD Patients
There are sources of legal recourse for RSD victims. Our experienced network of RSD lawyers is available to provide free, confidential consultations for you or a loved one who may be suffering from this painful condition. Our lawyers are well acquainted with this area of the law and the dealings and negotiations that must be conducted with insurance carriers and other defendants. Millions of dollars have been won in RSD lawsuits but there are legal time limits that may affect your ability to file such a lawsuit.
Please contact us as soon as possible for an informed, free evaluation of the merits of your case and an explanation of what legal options may be available to you. It may be possible for you to be compensated for your medical expenses, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and other costs associated with this serious medical condition.