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Living with CRPS After a Work-Related Injury

Marker & Crannell
April 28, 2022

According to a recent study, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) affects an estimated 200,000 patients annually in the United States. CRPS is an incapacitating condition that can adversely affect your ability to carry out your day-to-day activities or even return to work. If the initial injury that caused your CRPS condition occurred in a work-related accident, you may be eligible to recover damages by filing workers' compensation claims.

At Marker & Crannell, we’re committed to offering experienced legal guidance, support, and reliable advocacy to clients in their workers' compensation claims. Our skilled Illinois personal injury attorneys will fight compassionately to protect your best interests and help you seek fair financial compensation for your CRPS condition. We're proud to serve clients across Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Aurora, and Plainfield, Illinois.

Understanding Complex Regional
Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a form of chronic or severe pain that often affects the leg or arm. This medical condition is often used to describe chronic and prolonged pain and swelling, which usually follow a leg or arm injury. Currently, there is no known cure for CRPS. However, treatments can help alleviate the pain and symptoms and maintain the patient's quality of life.

What are the Symptoms of CRPS?

Some common signs and symptoms of CRPS include:

  • Chronic pain with a stinging, burning, or tearing sensation

  • Continuous pain that eventually worsens

  • Extreme sensitivity to pain

  • Skin swelling

  • Pain that spreads

  • Decreased ability to move the affected leg or arm

  • Changes in hair and nail growth

  • Changes in skin temperature, texture, and color.

If you have suffered a work-related injury that caused your CRPS condition, it is important that you reach out to a skilled Illinois workers' compensation attorney right away. Your lawyer can evaluate and investigate the surrounding circumstances of your condition and determine whether you are covered under your workers' compensation insurance policy.

Is CRPS Covered Under
Workers' Compensation?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome may be covered under an employee's workers' compensation policy. However, the condition and subsequent coverage are often disputed because of the subjective symptoms. Moreover, CRPS is a fairly new diagnosis. Therefore, when seeking claims for your CRPS after a work-related injury, you need to retain legal counsel that understands CRPS as well as workers' compensation laws.

What Steps Should I Take?

If you were involved in a workplace accident that led to your CRPS condition, you should take the following steps, where possible:

  • Hire an Attorney: Hire an attorney to advocate for your best interests and help file your workers' compensation claims.

  • Document Everything: Document everything, including your medical expenses, treatments received, doctor's appointments, and how the condition has affected your daily living and ability to work.

  • Report to Your Employer: Report the CRPS condition to your employer. Ensure that your employer or supervisor is notified of your workplace injury as well as the CRPS condition immediately.

  • Seek Medical Attention: See an approved medical provider to receive adequate medical treatment. A qualified physician can provide medical care, set work restrictions, recommend lifestyle changes, or refer you to a specialist.

An experienced attorney can walk you through the claims process and help you navigate intelligent decisions when seeking workers' compensation benefits for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

Related Topics

If you are involved in a work-related accident in Illinois, you must have several things going through your mind. Here are some insightful articles and resources to answer your questions or concerns:

Injuries that Qualify for Workers' Compensation

Workers' Compensation FAQ

Should I Hire an Attorney? Yes. Here's Why.

Getting the Experienced Guidance You Need

Suffering CRPS after a work-related injury can be overwhelming and can significantly affect your ability to return to gainful employment. However, by filing workers' compensation claims, you may be entitled to seek benefits, including medical care, vocational rehabilitation, and temporary or permanent partial or total disability benefits. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can explore your possible options to pursue your rightful benefits and guide you through the claims process.

At Marker & Crannell, our attorneys have the experience, diligence, and knowledge to assist, guide, and support employees who are seeking compensation for their work-related injuries or illness. Our comprehensive understanding of Illinois workers' compensation laws can help guide you through the usually complex claims process. As your legal counsel, we will fight vigorously to advocate for your best interests and help you pursue the maximum possible workers' compensation benefits for your Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

Contact Marker & Crannell Attorneys at Law today to schedule a simple case evaluation with skilled personal injury attorneys. Our trusted team will offer you the experienced legal guidance, support, and reliable representation you need in your workers' compensation claims. We proudly represent clients across Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Aurora, Woodridge, Joliet, Wheaton, and Plainfield, Illinois, and the surrounding areas.