Not all injuries are visible, but sometimes the most devastating conditions are only evident to the sufferer. Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, broken bones, internal organ injuries-they are all felt by the person suffering, but with little external evidence to others of any extreme pain within. One such injury is a lesser known yet often excruciating condition that goes by two names: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). It can be the result of motorcycle crashes, semi-truck accidents, car wrecks, slip and fall accidents and workplace injuries, and yet can be a challenge to diagnose.

Accident injury CRPS can be a debilitating condition that impacts its victims’ ability to return to work and to enjoy the quality of life they may have had prior to the accident that caused it. A neurological disorder, CRPS or RSD can affect the skin, muscles, joints and bones, and may begin after an accident in which the victim has an injured leg or arm, such as a motorcycle accident in which the rider sustains a broken leg.

Texas personal injury lawyer David Glenn, of Glenn Law Firm, understands how devastating a CRPS diagnosis can be, both for victims and their loved ones. “CRPS is a chronic, incurable pain condition,” he explains, “in which high levels of nerve impulses are sent to an affected site. Experts believe that CRPS occurs as a result of dysfunction in the central or peripheral nervous systems and is most common in people aged 20-35. The syndrome also can occur in children and affects women more often than men.”

One of the greatest challenges of CRPS is that it is very difficult condition to prove in car accident lawsuits, slip and fall lawsuits or workplace injury lawsuits. CRPS and RSD lawsuit plaintiffs need aggressive, reliable and knowledgeable legal representation, as that gives CRPS sufferers a much stronger chance of recovering damages. Insurance adjusters may challenge the diagnosis, questioning patients who try to collect compensation. It is important, therefore, for CRPS patients to talk to a trusted, tough CRPS injury attorney as soon after the condition begins as possible.

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