If you were in an accident caused by someone’s negligence or careless behavior, you may suffer from multiple injuries as well as medical conditions that can alter your life. One such condition is reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSD). This condition causes severe pain that can result in a diminished quality of life.
RSD can happen instantly, or it can slowly develop in time. Even if your RSD developed several weeks or months after your accident, you may be able to recover compensation for this condition for the party liable for injuring you.
If this is your situation, then contact Cordisco & Saile LLC today. We work with clients who suffer from RSD as a result of an accident.
Call (215) 642-2335 to get a free case review with the Cordisco & Saile LLC team. An RSD lawyer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey from our firm may be able to help you recover compensation.
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome is a disorder that can trigger long-term, severe pain in your leg or arm. The condition is trauma-related and can occur after an injury from an accident. One of the distinguishing characteristics of RSD is that the pain can make you think that the injury is far worse than it really is.
The modern term for RSD is complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). RSD is a form of CRPS that doctors refer to as Type I CRPS. Doctors diagnose patients with RSD when they observe tissue or nerve damage from the accident. However, RSD is not always easy to identify or diagnose. This can make it difficult to correlate it with your accident.
Symptoms of RSD
Symptoms of RSD may develop over time. You may not notice that you have it for several months until it gets progressively worse. The defining symptom of RSD is chronic pain. However, there may be other symptoms, including:
- Rhythmic muscle contractions
- Uncomfortable burning or tingling
- Nervous system dysfunction
- Stiffness, tenderness, or swelling
- Constant sweating
- Sensitivity to any type of pain
The main areas where you may feel chronic pain are the nerves, arms, legs, back, foot, or hands. You may notice that it takes only a little pressure or sensation for you to feel an immense amount of pain.
Causes of RSD
RSD may develop as a result of a traumatic event to almost any part of the body. However, the target areas of RSD are not necessarily the same areas where you sustained an injury. You may have a neck injury but feel the pain in your feet or hands. Therefore, it can be difficult to make the connection between the injury and the condition.
Common causes of RSD include:
In addition, you may be able to get RSD from a puncture wound. The pain may begin in the wound area and spread from there.
How to Show That Your RSD Was Accident Related
We recommend the following steps if you believe that your RSD was accident-related:
Seek Medical Help Immediately
If you are in an accident and someone else is at fault, then you should seek treatment immediately. Even if you walk away from the accident, you should visit an ER or see your doctor for a full evaluation. Describe the accident and any pain or discomfort you are feeling. Allow the doctor to perform an exam to assess and diagnose any injuries.
Document Your Developing Pain
If you start feeling pain within a few days or weeks after your accident, you may want to document it. Take notes on how you are feeling and how the condition is progressing. Again, do not delay getting help from a medical specialist. When seeking treatment for your developing pain, discuss the accident with your doctor.
Keep Meticulous Records of the Accident and Treatment
If possible, try to take notes, take photos, and speak with witnesses at the scene of the accident. Also, keep all documents related to your case. This includes police reports, medical reports, and any further treatment. Your attorney may be able to use this evidence to build your case.
An RSD Lawyer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey Can Work for You
If you have RSD as a result of an accident that was caused by someone else, you have the right to pursue compensation for your medical expenses and other damages. Cordisco & Saile LLC represents RSD victims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We may be able to help you file your claim, establish fault and liability, and demonstrate that the accident is what led to your condition.
Our law firm can provide the following services:
- Providing legal consultation
- Managing your case
- Obtaining evidence of liability and injury
- Calculating your past and future medical expenses
- Negotiating a settlement with the insurance company
- Representing you in court, if necessary
Our law firm can investigate the accident to determine what happened, who is at fault, and if the accident led to your RSD condition. We can also assess your damages and estimate the value of your claim. To discuss your case, call Cordisco & Saile LLC today at (215) 642-2335.
Damages in a Personal Injury Case
Since RSD is a progressive condition, it can affect you over time. For instance, you may not have any significant medical expenses at first. However, your bills may steadily increase over time. In addition, you may start to take more days off of work due to the pain. Your medical bills and lost wages may be recoverable damages in a personal injury case.
In addition, you may be able to claim the pain and suffering that you have gone through over a long period. This may include anxiety and depression due to chronic pain.
To discuss what specific compensation may be available in your case, contact Cordisco & Saile LLC today.
Get a Free Consultation on Your RSD Case Today
If you have RSD as a result of an accident, contact Cordisco & Saile LLC. An RSD lawyer from our firm may be able to help you recover compensation in Pennsylvania or New Jersey.
Call (215) 642-2335 to get a free case evaluation with a member of our team.