We offer a free consultation and our Serious Injury Solicitors may be able to help you get the compensation and treatment you need if you’re suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
If you developed symptoms of CRPS after being injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you should be able to access the care and support you need, and compensation to cover the associated costs.
Our Serious Injury Solicitors can commission an independent medical report regarding the injuries you sustained in the accident, and we’re trained to spot key indicators within these reports that suggest a person may be suffering from CRPS.
Our Personal Injury Solicitors have helped many people who have developed CRPS after sustaining seemingly small injuries, so they can get the care, support and rehabilitation they need to live with their condition.
Contact our Serious Injury Solicitors for a free claims assessment, and we’ll be happy to offer legal advice and speak to you about your situation. We could deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis, just ask us for details.
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Can you get CRPS after an injury?
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) can develop after you suffer an injury in an accident. Common triggers can include:
- A musculo-skeletal injury such as a crush injury or injury to the nerve
- Surgery, often procedures to repair fractures or damaged nerves after injuries to hands
- Being immobilised in a cast or splint
- Minor injuries such as a cut to the finger
CRPS is recognised and listed as a pain syndrome in its own right which you can develop after an injury in a publication call the Judicial College Guidelines which all lawyers, including solicitors, barrister and Judges refer to when assessing the value of a personal injury claim.
What are the symptoms of CRPS to look out for after an injury?
If you suffer an injury and experience severe persisting pain, there are several symptoms of CRPS to look out for, including:
- A burning, intense stabbing pain
- Experiencing pain from the lightest of touches (known as allodynia)
- An extreme pain response to painful stimulation
- Continued intense pain after an injury, when you’d normally have expected to have fully recovered
- Abnormal swelling in the area affected (known as oedema)
- Skin colour changes, such as mottling, redness
- Excessive sweating in the affected area
- Abnormal hair and/or nail growth
- Abnormal skin temperature in the affected area
- Tender and stiff joints
- Restricted or painful movement
- Cracked, grooved or brittle nails
- Tremors and muscle spasms (known as dystonia)
You might not experience all of the symptoms but if you have a combination of a few of these symptoms it is always recommended to refer you to a leading pain specialist in CRPS for a diagnosis.
What are the different types of CRPS?
There are two main types of CRPS including a third sub type.
Type 1 -
Where the symptoms come on after a trauma or injury to the affected area, but where there’s no actual damage to the nerves.
Type 2 -
This comes on after a distinct injury to the nerve.
If you experience any of these unusual symptoms or you’re suffering with burning and intense pain that doesn’t seem to be improving, we’d strongly recommend you to seek medical advice and ask to be referred to your local pain clinic for a diagnosis. The sooner you get a diagnosis, the sooner you can get the treatment you need.
CRPS – NOS (Not Otherwise Specified)
This is a third sub type which has been added for the diagnostic criteria specialists used to diagnose CRPS ( the Budapest Criteria ) where some people display some but not all of the signs and symptoms set out in the criteria.
Why Choose Simpson Millar?
- We are panel solicitors for the leading CRPS charity Burning Nights who we work with to promote understanding and awareness about CRPS and help and support to people suffering from CRPS and their families
- Our Serious Injury Solicitors are trained to spot key indicators from your description of your symptoms and medical records that suggest when a person may be suffering from CRPS even if you have not yet been given a diagnosis from your GP.
- We work with independent class leading medical experts who can recommend the best care, treatment and rehabilitation
- Our Serious Injury Team includes many recognised and independently accredited Solicitors, including members of the APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyer) and MASS (Motor Accident Society)
- We pride ourselves on speaking in plain English when we’re communicating with clients, so you can be confident any advice and information will be given in straightforward terms without the legal jargon
- You’ll be kept regularly updated about how your case is proceeding, as we don’t want you to worry about what’s going on. We’ll take care of putting your claim together and approaching the other side, so you can put your energy into learning to cope with your condition
- We’ll tailor our service to your specific needs. For example, we can speak with you over the phone, video conference or visit you at home or in hospital (in England and Wales)
- We will push for an early interim payment to ease the financial pressure and so your rehabilitation journey can start as soon as possible
- We won’t forget your family, and will consider their needs and wishes while we work on your case.
- You will have access to our expert team of solicitors in our Major Trauma Unit who are on hand to help support and guide you and your family with a range of other wider issues where there can be a legal solution such as employment advice, family, court of protection, wills, probate and trust and conveyancing
How We Value Your Claim
Our Serious Injury Solicitors will value your case based on your specific circumstances, so it fully reflects your individual needs. We’ll look at factors including:
- How much pain and suffering you’ve gone through
- The overall impact of your symptoms
- Whether you can still work
- If you need medication to manage the pain, and if so, how much this will cost and what side-effects it could have
- What current and future treatment you need
- What areas of your body have been affected by your CRPS
- The psychological impact of your CRPS
- Your age and long-term prognosis
We’ll also look at the financial consequences of living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and make sure any losses are reflected in our valuation of your claim. This will include everything from any loss of earnings you’ve experienced to the cost of travelling to and from medical appointments.
What Rehabilitation is Available?
There’s no single therapy or management programme that will work for every CRPS sufferer. When treating other chronic pain conditions, medical professionals usually recommend a combination of different therapies and treatments as a multi disciplinary approach to treatment Including:-
- Prescribed pain relief medication
- Nerve block
- Physical rehabilitation, including input from occupational therapists and physiotherapists with psychological support, bos therapy and mirror therapy
- Having a spinal cord stimulator fitted (in severe cases where other methods of pain control don’t work)
- Psychological therapy, as living with long-term pain can cause mental health issues including depression and anxiety
The earlier a person with CRPS can access a pain management programme, the better the outcome is likely to be. So if the other party accepts responsibility for your condition, we can ask for interim payments of compensation, so you can access some of this necessary care and treatment before the case fully settles.
We don’t want you to have to wait until legal proceedings have ended before you get the support you urgently need, so you can rely on us to push for you to get it without delay.
What is the Claims Process?
When you get in touch with our Serious Injury Solicitors:
Free Claims Assessment
One of our Serious Injury Solicitors will speak with you in a free claims assessment, so we can find out about the accident that caused your CRPS, and let you know if you’re likely to have a successful claim.
Assigning a Solicitor
If we decide to take on your case, a Solicitor will be assigned to you, and they’ll be in charge of managing your claim.
Your Solicitor will carry out a thorough investigation to prove fault against the party you think are to blame. This will include gathering any relevant evidence, such as a medical report prepared by an independent medical expert. We’ll arrange for you to be examined by this expert, and their evidence can help us identify your future care needs and value your claim correctly.
We’ll approach the party you hold responsible with details of our claim. If they accept they were responsible, we’ll start negotiating a compensation settlement straight away. We may also ask for interim payments of compensation if you have urgent medical or financial needs.
Settling the Dispute
If they don’t accept liability (fault), a Trial date will be arranged. But we’ll keep negotiating and aim to reach a settlement before it gets this far. The vast majority of personal injury claims settle before going to Court, as it’s often not in anyone’s interests to prolong a legal dispute when it can be settled amicably.
We’ll make sure that any compensation awarded is paid to you as quickly as possible, and take steps to ensure it doesn’t stop you being eligible for state benefits you may need, such as setting up a Personal Injury Trust.
If you have an existing claim with another solicitor and you are unhappy that they do not understand or have the expertise in CRPS and you would like a second opinion please contact us and we are happy to see if we can help if you would like to change your solicitor to a CRPS specialist solicitor.
Funding My Claim
CRPS claims are often handled on a No Win, No Fee basis. That means it won’t cost you a penny if your claim doesn’t succeed. Ask us for details about this funding option.
Simpson Millar is a proud sponsor of Burning Nights CRPS, a charity working to improve life for those affected by Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). We will be helping to raise awareness of CRPS and offering legal support for claims which are often long and complex to patients as well as loved ones, carers, friends and families. We specialise in personal injury, clinical negligence and legal cases where injuries have been caused the onset of CRPS.
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