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Average Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Settlement

Settlement Value For Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a condition that causes constant and intense chronic pain that exceeds the pain caused by the initial injury. This syndrome can be highly debilitating, causing physical pain, emotional stress, and financial burden.

If you or someone you care about has suffered from a CRPS injury due to medical malpractice, negligence, or misconduct of another person, you might qualify for compensation. Get in touch with the Law Offices of J. Robert Davis, P.C. to speak with our experienced personal injury lawyer who specializes in CRPS claims and will assist you in filing a lawsuit against the responsible party and ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to.

What Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)?

Sudeck atrophy, also called CRPS, is a persistent condition that can result in severe pain, inflammation, and alterations in skin color and temperature. Although it primarily affects one limb, it may occasionally extend to other areas of the body.

The pain caused by Sudeck atrophy can be very severe and may affect a person’s sleep and appetite. Causalgia and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) usually affect the arms or legs, but they can also affect other body parts like the face, eyes, neck, chest wall, abdomen, and pelvis. Different factors may play a role in the development of Sudeck atrophy, including:

  • Injury to a nerve in the affected area.
  • An illness that causes inflammation, such as a viral infection
  • Surgery or an injection in the affected area.
  • A fracture or other injury to the bones in the affected area.
  • Problems with blood flow (ischemia) in the affected area.
  • Stress and anxiety.

Understanding The Different Types Of CRPS

There are two types of CRPS: Type I (previously called reflex sympathetic dystrophy) and Type II (previously called causalgia). The exact cause of this condition is not known, but it may be linked to an injury or trauma.

  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (Type I) is a medical condition that affects the nervous system. This condition typically starts with an injury or surgery and then affects other areas of the body. Its symptoms may comprise of burning or shooting discomfort, muscle spasms, swelling, and alterations in skin color.
  • Causalgia (Type II) is a progressive disease that causes extreme sensitivity to touch, temperature, and pressure in people with severe nerve injuries. This condition is frequently a result of an injury or illness that negatively affects nerves throughout the body.

Common Symptoms Of CRPS

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome can cause a number of different symptoms, including: 

  • Pain (burning sensation) and/or muscle weakness 
  • Numbness in the affected area(s) or throughout your body 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Sleep disturbances 
  • Depression and/or anxiety 
  • Changes in skin color or texture 
  • Swelling of the affected area(s)

When pursuing a settlement from an insurance company or another party, you will probably be asked to share information about your symptoms. It’s important to be ready to give a thorough description of your symptoms and medical history, including treatments you’ve received for your condition.

Average Settlement For Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

It’s difficult to give a straightforward answer to your question about the average settlement amount for CRPS, as it depends on several factors such as the severity of the condition and liability. However, typically those with Sudeck atrophy receive a settlement ranging from $50,000 to $100,000.

On average, individuals with Sudeck atrophy receive higher settlement payouts than those with other types of chronic pain. However, the exact amount of compensation varies depending on the state you live in. In some states, the average settlement payout is approximately $100,000. It’s important to note that these are only average figures and your specific case details may result in a different payout amount.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can CRPS Be Caused by a Car Accident?

Yes, CRPS occurs due to physical trauma or injury that leads to malfunctioning or abnormalities in the peripheral and central nervous systems. One of the most frequent causes of CRPS is back and neck trauma resulting from auto accidents.

What Impacts the Settlement Value of CRPS?

The main elements that influence the possible compensation amount for CRPS in a personal injury case are the seriousness of the CRPS symptoms, the extent and gravity of the plaintiff’s other injuries, and the plaintiff’s reliability. Cases of CRPS with more severe symptoms will generally have a higher compensation value, but this depends mostly on whether the plaintiff is trustworthy since CRPS symptoms can vary from person to person. Additionally, the compensation for CRPS will be lower if there are no other major physical injuries suffered by the plaintiff.

Is CRPS Hard to Prove in a Lawsuit?

Proving CRPS in a lawsuit can be challenging as there is no specific diagnostic test available. Diagnosis of the condition relies on a combination of symptoms and interpretations of MRIs and other imaging.

Is CRPS Life-Threatening?

CRPS, Causalgia, and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) are not infectious or hereditary diseases. Therefore, they cannot be transmitted through direct physical contact or by respiratory droplets like coughing or sneezing. Additionally, these conditions are not cancerous or tumor-related illnesses. Though they are not fatal, individuals living with them may experience persistent pain and disability.

After undergoing treatment, around 25% of people with Sudeck atrophy fully recover while 50% to 65% experience a significant improvement in their symptoms gradually. On the other hand, about 15% to 20% of individuals with Causalgia and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) do not show improvement.

Contact Our San Antonio Personal Injury Lawyer Now

In summary, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a debilitating condition. If you are experiencing it, you may be curious about the compensation options available to you. The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the seriousness of your case, usually ranging from several thousand dollars to several million dollars.

Please be aware that settlements vary on a case-by-case basis, so the amount you receive may differ from someone else’s. If you are considering pursuing a claim, it is crucial to seek the representation of a skilled personal injury attorney who focuses on handling intricate cases. At the Law Offices of J. Robert Davis, P.C. we understand the severity of these cases and have extensive experience representing injured victims in similar situations. Contact our office today for a free consultation and learn more about how we can help.