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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Lawyer

Complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, is a life-altering condition resulting from injuries such as fractures, burns, or sprains from car accidents, medical malpractice, and more. CRPS causes many severe challenges, from chronic pain to financial stress from the costs of medical care. You may be able to seek compensation if your injuries resulted from another party’s negligence. The complex regional pain syndrome lawyers at Cordisco & Saile can help you get the justice you deserve.

This page has been written and edited by a team of experienced legal writers . This page was approved by Managing Partner, Michael Saile who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

Complex regional pain syndrome can cause debilitating long-term pain. It starts with a sudden injury to a limb from a car accident, fall, or surgery. The pain doesn’t get better and makes daily life challenging and stressful.

Getting medical treatment is just one part of healing from CRPS. Since the illness is often long-term, those with CRPS need financial and therapeutic support to help them recover what they have lost. The lawyers at Cordisco & Saile are trusted, experienced attorneys who work daily to get people with CRPS the compensation they are owed

If you live with CRPS and need a legal advocate, don’t delay reaching out to the top-rated complex regional pain syndrome lawyers at Cordisco & Saile.  

Why Trust Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers at Cordisco & Saile

The personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile have one goal: to get the best results for our clients. Our track record speaks for itself. Here are just a few of the settlements we have achieved for our clients:

  • $10,000,000 for a first responder injured in a truck accident
  • $2,470,000 for a man injured by an armored car
  • $1,175,000 for a couple after negligent alcohol service
  • $1,377,000 for a car accident victim 
  • $2,900,000 for traumatic brain injury after a motorcycle accident


In addition to getting great results, we are trustworthy professionals valued by the community. Evidence of our high esteem is in what people say about our firm:

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Our clients describe their experiences in testimonials like these:

  • “Mike and Maria were caring and made the whole process painless.” (Anthony, August 2022)
  • “From the first moment, I knew I had nothing to worry about and felt comfortable leaving everything in their hands.” (Nicolas H., June 2022)
  • “My case met some time-sensitive challenges along the way. Mr. Saile and his staff met every challenge.” (Elizabeth E., March 2022)
  • “Every individual that I was in contact with from Cordisco & Saile was helpful, empathetic, and patient.” (Mary B., August 2021)

The experienced attorneys at Cordisco & Saile have helped clients in Bensalem and throughout Bucks County. Our lawyers are trusted leaders in the legal communities in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania.

What is CRPS?

Chronic regional pain syndrome, formerly known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, is a nerve-related disorder that occurs when you have excessive pain in response to a simple stimulus like touch. This pain can be severe or come out of nowhere, making daily life difficult to manage. The pain starts with an injury to an arm or leg. 

Acute cases of CRPS last six months or less. Unfortunately, many people have chronic CRPS, which lasts much longer and is often considered a permanent disability. Prolonged CRPS is debilitating, making it nearly impossible to care for your family, work, engage in social activities, or carry on a meaningful life without pain.

CRPS treatment is complicated and can be expensive. Many uninsured or underinsured people lack the resources to access therapies to help them recover. If you can’t afford your CRPS treatment, talk to Cordisco & Saile without delay to get the support you need and deserve.

Treatment for CRPS includes the following:

  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation: This helps you continue using the injured limb. It also maintains blood flow and improves flexibility and strength. Movement helps to reduce CRPS symptoms that come from the circulatory system.
  • Psychotherapy: Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are all possible side effects of living with CRPS. Treating these mental health conditions to manage CRPS and engage with your life meaningfully is essential.
  • Guided motor imagery: This technique helps you identify painful body parts through mental imagery. It helps to manage brain changes that make the CRPS last longer and to repair those pain sensations.
  • Medication: Many drugs are available to help treat the pain of CRPS, from over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, to prescription drugs like corticosteroids and gabapentin.
  • Spinal cord stimulation: This surgical procedure blocks pain receptors in the painful areas to normalize pain signaling.

It is not easy to treat CRPS, and you may have to try many therapies before you find something that works. Many people have to have ongoing treatment to reduce the pain of CRPS. As someone with a chronic pain condition, you don’t need the hassle of fighting with insurance companies alone. Cordisco & Saile’s complex regional pain syndrome lawyers can advocate for your health needs.

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Causes of CRPS

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 90 percent of CRPS cases arise from damage to the body’s “small fibers.” An injury to a limb also damages nerve fibers, which are small fibers that lack a protective coating. These small fibers are highly sensitive and send feelings of pain, itch, and temperature change to surrounding cells.

CRPS is typically triggered by trauma to a body part, usually a limb. Several types of injuries may lead to CRPS, including the following: 

  • Fractures: A cast that is too tight around the wrist can cause damage to the nerve fibers. Bone splinters or bones out of alignment can also cause nerve damage.
  • Surgery: The incision, surgical tools, or even scarring after surgery can all lead to nerve damage.
  • Sprains and strains: These soft tissue injuries, also called contusions, can cause nerves to stretch and become injured.
  • Burns and cuts: Although the nerve damage may not be easily seen, these injuries can cause changes that result in CRPS. Burns and cuts are common injuries after motor vehicle accidents.
  • Cuts or needle sticks: These can sometimes cut a nerve and cause damage, leading to CRPS.

These injuries may result from someone else’s negligence, such as in a car accident, slip and fall, or medical malpractice. 

Symptoms of CRPS

CRPS symptoms are varied but typically include the following:

  • Spontaneous pain appearing out of nowhere, such as a burning or “pins and needles” sensation in one limb
  • Mirror pain, or pain in the affected limb that also occurs in the opposite limb 
  • Excess or prolonged pain in the limb from light touch or contact
  • Changes in skin temperature, skin color, or temperature in the affected limb
  • Changes in skin texture, such as becoming thin and shiny
  • Atrophy of muscles
  • Stiff joints, impaired muscle strength, and reduced movement

CRPS Diagnosis

There is no one test to diagnose CRPS. The National Institutes of Health recommends getting a diagnosis as early as possible before more severe symptoms set in. To diagnose CRPS, a doctor may require the following:

  • Examination by a nerve specialist like a neurologist
  • Nerve conduction studies and nerve imaging using an MRI or ultrasound 
  • Triple-phase bone scans to show bone reabsorption

Although CRPS diagnosis is crucial, insurance companies may not always want to pay for it. Talk to Cordisco & Saile today for help getting the necessary medical examinations.

Can you sue if you get CRPS?

Yes. If your CRPS is due to another person’s negligence, they may be legally responsible and have to compensate you. 

Some examples of liable parties include a driver who caused a motor vehicle collision, a surgeon who failed to take proper care during a procedure, or a property owner who failed to maintain a property and caused you to trip and fall.

Get Legal Counsel for Your Injury

If you have CRPS caused by someone else’s conduct or failure to act, you may be entitled to compensation for your out-of-pocket expenses and the pain and suffering you’ve experienced. 

To learn more about your legal options, contact Cordisco & Saile today. Our trusted lawyers are experts at investigating the root causes of personal injuries. We’ll take the time to uncover the link between another’s actions and the daily pain you now have to manage.

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