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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) which is now more often referred to as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is best described as an injury to a nerve or soft tissue that does not follow the normal healing path.
The hallmark of RSD/CRPS is pain and mobility problems out of proportion to those expected from the initial injury.
The Diagnosis of RSD / CRPS is made where you have a history of trauma to the affected area associated with pain that is disproportionate to the inciting event. Plus one or more of the following:
RSD / CRPS is a very serious and disabling condition that completely alters every facet of the patients life. It is one of the most painful conditions in existence and is rated as more painful than childbirth on the McGill Pain Scale.
Insurance Companies and their lawyers will typically try to defend these cases with claims that the patients problems are all pre-existing and will try to blame the patients condition on any prior complaint of pain no matter how distant in time and no matter how active the patient was between the prior complaint and the actual accident that caused the injury. It is not that the insurance companies and their lawyers actually believe that the patients problems are pre-existing it is merely a false proposition put out there in an effort to hoodwink the jury.
Other insurance defense tactics include attempting to discredit the physicians who are treating the patient to help them get better – this criticism is usually offered through a hired-for-litigation doctor who interviews the patient on a single day and then ridiculously comes to court and attempts to act knowledgeable about the patients condition.
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with RSD / CRPS, the experienced Brooklyn personal injury lawyer at Law Offices of William J. Maniatis are here to help. Contact us for a FREE consultation at no obligation or cost to you.