The injury you suffered in a fall might seem minor at first, and you aren’t too concerned. But then you get an unpleasant surprise several days, or even several weeks later: complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy or CRPS/RPD.
This complication of what appears initially to be a slight injury is devastating and can destroy lives. CRPS/RSD is a painful nerve dysfunction that can turn a relatively small injury into your worst nightmare. Sufferers are in almost constant pain, which severely restricts daily activities and makes it almost impossible to sleep.
Complex regional pain syndrome can occur in the aftermath of a slip and fall, car accident, medical procedure, or following a more serious neurological injury. It typically begins at the site of the injury and spreads from there.
People with this syndrome often find it impossible to return to work, and the medical bills can be high for an indefinite time. Depression, anxiety, stress, and thoughts of suicide are common among CRPS/RSD sufferers because of the pain and the limitations on the normal activities of everyday life.
- CRPS/RSD is a nervous system malfunction, causing nerves to misfire and send pain signals to the brain.
- Seemingly minor injuries in a fall are often the cause of CRPS/RSD. CRPS/RSD causes pain that is much worse than expected for the injury.
- CRPS is most common in middle-aged people, but children as young as three can get it.
- CRPS is two to three times more frequent in women than in men.
- Many medical professionals are not familiar with the symptoms of CRPS/RSD; suffers see an average of 5 doctors before getting a correct diagnosis.
- Medication, physical therapy, psychological counseling, sympathetic nerve blocks, and spinal cord stimulation may help the symptoms.
- CRPS isn’t a psychological disorder; however, victims may develop psychological problems when their pain is ignored.
Avoid the Insurance Adjuster After a Fall in Florida
When you’ve had a fall in Florida caused by a property owner allowing a hazardous condition to exist, you will usually hear from an insurance adjuster from the company that insures the property.
The adjuster will try to get you to say something that will compromise your case or will try to get you to agree to a low settlement. It’s important to keep in mind that you may not know the full extent of your injuries immediately.
CRPS/RSD is one example of a truly devastating injury that you will not discover right away, and may not know you have until as much as several weeks after the fall accident. A mistake in dealing with the adjuster could harm your case and keep you from getting a fair recovery.
A Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
A personal injury attorney in Florida who understands complex regional pain syndrome can help present your case to maximize your chance of getting a fair recovery.
If you have been injured in a fall in Florida, before you talk to an insurance adjuster, read Dangerous Trips to Avoid in Your Fall Case, a free consumer guide by attorney Jim Dodson.