Know the Signs of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome after an Accident
Serious accidents can leave a long-lasting mark on victims. Long after bones have healed or property has been repaired, some victims can remain in serious pain, even to the point of debilitation. This pain may be attributable to a condition known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS. Learn more about CRPS below, and contact a New Jersey injury attorney if you believe that you’ve developed CRPS after an accident.
What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
CRPS is a chronic pain condition that primarily affects the extremities, such as a finger, hand, arm, leg, foot, or toe. The condition often causes serious pain that can be continuous. While doctors do not fully understand what causes CRPS, the condition tends to arise after damage to nerves or the nervous system suffered during a traumatic injury. Patients describe the pain as being a burning, squeezing, or pins-and-needles sensation. Some patients experience CRPS for several months, but others can suffer from CRPS for years and are disabled by the pain.
What are the symptoms of CRPS?
In addition to the primary symptom of severe pain, doctors look for several symptoms that can indicate CRPS, such as:
- Difficulty with muscle coordination
- Irregularities in the skin around the point of pain, such as unusual hair or nail growth, inflammation, or skin that appears stretched and shiny
- Problems with circulation and temperature regulation around the injury site resulting in pale, blotchy, purple, blue, or red skin
- Swelling or stiffness of the joints at the point of pain
Patients who aren’t treated for this condition as early as possible may also suffer from atrophy of the tissues at the point of injury, or from contraction of the muscles. These symptoms develop when severe pain or difficulty with coordination prohibit the patient from moving their bodies normally.
Injuries that cause CRPS
CRPS can arise from an array of injuries. In fact, cases have been known to develop from something as minor as a stray needle prick. Injuries often found to precede development of CRPS include:
- Severe burns
- Bone fractures
- Crush injuries
- Strains and sprains
- Limb amputations
- Surgical procedures
Many of these injuries are common in accidents resulting from medical malpractice, car accidents, or property owner’s negligence. If an accident victim develops CRPS as a result of the injury they suffered in an accident caused by someone else, then that victim may have a claim for both the costs of their injuries and for the costs and pain associated with CRPS.
If you’ve been the victim of an accident in New Jersey, find out if you have a right to compensation for these injuries by contacting the knowledgeable and effective personal injury lawyer Andrew R. Jacobs for a free consultation, at 973-532-9681.