After a car accident, you might expect to have a few bumps and bruises, or even more serious injuries. However, people who are involved in relatively minor collisions and suffer seemingly minor injuries usually don't expect to develop excruciating long-term pain as a result. Unfortunately, if you're in a crash that triggers complex regional pain syndrome, that's exactly what can happen.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain disorder that can develop after a traumatic event, such as a car wreck. It typically affects the limbs, causing a wide range of uncomfortable to debilitating symptoms that are disproportionate to the severity of the original injuries. These symptoms may include:
- Burning or throbbing pain
- Swelling and inflammation
- Sensitivity to cold and touch
- Cold or excessively sweaty skin
- Joint stiffness
- Muscle spasms, tremors, weakness, or loss
- White, blotchy, bluish, or red skin
- Limited range of motion in the affected hand, arm, leg, or foot
- Thin, shiny, or tender skin over the affected area
- Unusual nail and hair growth changes
If you were diagnosed with CRPS after a car or truck accident, you can find yourself unable to work while medical expenses and other crash-related costs mount. The situation can be frustrating and frightening, but if the wreck was caused by another person or company's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. If you, your doctor, and a skilled personal injury attorney can show a connection between your accident injuries and the CRPS, treatment for this lifelong condition could be included in your claim.
Talk to Us About Your Georgia Car Crash Case
Car accident personal injury cases involving CRPS require knowledgeable and experienced legal counsel. That's just what you'll find at Rechtman & Spevak. Our highly-skilled accident and injury lawyers can help you understand your rights and explore your options for recovery.
Contact us online or call our Atlanta law office at 404-355-2688 to schedule an appointment for a free initial review of your case. For more information, request a copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide to Accident Cases in Georgia.