Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Lawsuits

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Lawsuits

Do you or someone you love suffer from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) as a result of an accident or medical malpractice? RSD, also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), is a condition characterized by unrelenting pain, swelling, discoloration, temperature, and physical changes in the affected body part. While it can occur in just about any part of the body, RSD is most likely to affect the hands, arms, feet, shoulders, and knees.

The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of victims of RSD. Our legal team understands the difficult road accident victims and their families face as they struggle to recover. If you or a loved one developed RSD after a negligent accident or medical procedure, your family deserves compensation from those responsible. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the RSD injury lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.

Causes of RSD

RSD often follows a car accident, other type of accident, or a surgical procedure. Often, the initial injury appears minor, and the pain experienced by an RSD victim may seem excessive in comparison to the injury they suffered. RSD appears to involve the complex interaction of the sensory, motor, and autonomic nervous systems; and the immune system. It is thought that central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) control over these various processes is somehow changed as a result of the injury.

In many cases, the actual cause of RSD is unknown. Often, RSD occurs when an injury or traumas does not heal properly. It is common for people in motor vehicle accidents and work related accidents to develop RSD several months afterwards. While catastrophic injuries can cause RSD, even minor traumas, such as sprains or falls, can result in the condition. Prolonged immobilization of a limb, through a cast or other means, is another cause of RSD. It also may occur in individuals after competently performed surgeries.

Symptoms of RSD

RSD is characterized by:

  • Severe, constant, burning, and/or deep aching pain in one or more of the extremities.
  • Skin that appears shiny, dry, or scaly. RSD is associated with a variety of skin disorders including rashes, ulcers, and pustules.
  • Hair that grows coarse and thin.
  • Nails that may be more brittle, grow faster and then slower.
  • Swelling, pitting or hard edema that is usually localized to the painful and tender region.
  • Difficulty moving due to pain. Stiff joints, tremors and involuntary severe jerking or extremities may be present.
  • Sudden onset of muscle cramps that can be severe and completely incapacitating.
  • Pain that eventually spreads from the sight of the initial injury.
  • X-rays that may show wasting of bone or a bone scan may show increased or decreased uptake of a certain radioactive substance in bones after intravenous injection.

Stages of RSD

Mild cases of RSD may last for weeks followed by remission, but in many cases the pain continues for years and in some cases, indefinitely. In many people, RSD progresses in three stages:

  • Acute stage: Occurs in the first 3 months and may involve burning pain, swelling, increased sensitivity to touch, increased hair and nail growth in the affected region, joint pain, and color and temperature changes.
  • Dystrophic Stage: Occurs in months 3-6, and may involve constant pain and swelling. The affected limb may feel cool to the touch and turn blue. Muscle stiffness, atrophy of the muscles, and early osteoporosis also may occur.
  • Atrophic Stage: Occurs after 6 months, and is marked by skin that looks cold and shiny, as well as an increase in muscle stiffness and weakness. During this stage, symptoms may spread to another limb.

The proper diagnosis of RSD is often very difficult without consulting a doctor with RSD experience. Usually, diagnosis is achieved via a Three Phase Bone Scan, which can often help detect RSD. However, RSD is sometimes not diagnosed until other conditions that produce similar symptoms are ruled out.

Treatment of RSD

Although there is no known cure for RSD, the following treatments have proven effective in improving symptoms of RSD:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Medication
  • Nerve Block
  • Psychotherapy
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation

Learn more about Filing an RSD Lawsuit

If you or someone you love suffers from RSD that was the result of a car accident, medical malpractice or other act of negligence, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against those responsible. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the RSD lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-403-6191.