Can a Car Accident Cause CRPS?

As a personal injury lawyer, I’ve encountered many clients who have developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) following car accidents. CRPS is a chronic pain condition that can significantly impact your quality of life. Understanding how a car accident might lead to CRPS can help you better manage your symptoms and seek appropriate compensation.

What is CRPS?

CRPS is a chronic pain condition that typically affects a limb after an injury. It’s characterized by prolonged or excessive pain and changes in skin color, temperature, and swelling in the affected area.

How Can a Car Accident Lead to CRPS?

CRPS often develops after an injury, including those sustained in car accidents. For example, imagine you’re involved in a car accident and suffer a fracture in your arm. Despite receiving appropriate medical treatment, you start experiencing intense, persistent pain, swelling, and skin changes in your arm. These symptoms may indicate the development of CRPS.

Recognizing CRPS Symptoms

The symptoms of CRPS can vary widely but often include:

  • Continuous burning or throbbing pain
  • Sensitivity to touch or cold
  • Swelling of the painful area
  • Changes in skin temperature (alternating between sweaty and cold)
  • Changes in skin color (ranging from white and mottled to red or blue)
  • Changes in skin texture (which may become tender, thin, or shiny)
  • Abnormal hair and nail growth
  • Joint stiffness and swelling
  • Muscle spasms, weakness, and atrophy

If you notice these symptoms after a car accident, seek medical attention promptly. Early diagnosis and treatment can help manage CRPS more effectively.

Legal Implications of CRPS from a Car Accident

If you develop CRPS as a result of a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other related costs. Here are steps you can take if you suspect CRPS:

Seek Immediate Medical Attention: Early diagnosis and treatment are key elements for managing CRPS. A healthcare professional can document your injuries and symptoms, which is essential for your legal case.

Document Everything: Keep detailed records of your symptoms, medical visits, treatments, and any other relevant information.

Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer: An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the legal process, gather evidence, and build a strong case. They can advise you on the best course of action and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

California’s Legal Landscape

In California, car accident victims can seek compensation for their injuries through a personal injury claim. Proving that CRPS developed as a direct result of a car accident can be complex, requiring extensive medical evidence and expert testimony. The state’s personal injury laws, including the statute of limitations, will influence your case. Generally, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim in California.

Free Consultation

CRPS is a serious condition that can significantly impact your quality of life. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of CRPS following a car accident, it’s important to seek medical and legal assistance immediately. At the Law Offices of Brent W. Caldwell, we understand the challenges you’re facing and are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us for a free consultation, and let us help you get the compensation you deserve.