Not all Injuries resulting from vehicular accidents are readily apparent after the incident, particularly when a nerve is damaged. In some cases, victims of car crashes experience a health condition known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) which changes their lives forever.
What Is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Disorder?
Your body has a sympathetic nervous system that controls various involuntary bodily functions such as increasing heart rate, decreasing blood pressure, and constricting of blood vessels. Injury to the nerves, trauma, surgery, infection, and a certain type of cardiovascular disease can cause the sympathetic nervous system to malfunction. This, in turn, creates sensations of burning pain in the arm, finger or fingers, palm, or shoulders.
Other symptoms of RSD include:
- Edema or swelling
- Skin inflammation
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Excessive perspiration in affected limbs
Car crashes and accidents can cause bodily injuries such as fractures and tissue injuries that increase your risk of developing RSD. Other injuries from slip and fall accidents, pedestrian accidents, and construction accidents can also lead to RSD.
Early detection and treatment are crucial in preventing permanent disability. Depending on the stage of the disorder, treatment can include surgery, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and pain management.
Recovering Compensation for RSD and Personal Injuries
If you or a loved one is involved in an accident, getting immediate medical attention is important. If you suffer any of the symptoms of RSD, you may be entitled to compensation which can cover all your medical expenses, costs of physical rehabilitation and therapy, lost earnings or income, pain and suffering, as well as loss of consortium if you are married.
You will need to establish a causal connection between your RSD injury and the accident and the negligence or fault of the other party or parties. Your personal injury attorney can help you sort the legal issues in your case and prepare the necessary evidence and paperwork to establish your claim.
In Los Angeles, our personal injury attorneys of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP have years of experience in accidents and claiming compensation for clients suffering from the resulting reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
We also handle other types of personal injury cases such as complex regional pain syndrome, spine injury, brain injury, amputation, and medical malpractice.
We invite you to contact our offices today at (213) 514-8332 to arrange a free initial consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis so you pay only when you recover compensation.