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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Honest Assistance from Knowledgeable Phoenix Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Lawyers

Experienced legal help for accident victims with RSD and chronic pain

You were involved in a serious accident. Your recovery has taken months, but your injuries are finally healing and life is beginning to return to normal. All of a sudden, you begin experiencing bouts of intense burning pain near the area where your arms, hands, legs or feet were injured. At times, this pain is so bad that you’d give anything to make it stop. If you’re experiencing this kind of intense pain and have recently experienced a traumatic injury in an accident — you may be suffering from reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or RSD (renamed by medical pain specialists as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Type 1 [CRPS] in 1993).

At Plattner Verderame, P.C., we help people in Arizona who have developed chronic pain disorders following accidents caused by others. Our firm offers outstanding legal care provided by a team of experienced Phoenix catastrophic injury attorneys, Board Certified as Specialists in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation by the Arizona Bar Association Board of Legal Specialization. We offer personal and compassionate service, and we are ready to start helping you and your family through this next phase in the journey to full recovery.

What causes reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

RSD is not a well-understood medical condition. It is fairly uncommon and the exact medical mechanisms are the subject of argument among experts. As explained by the Mayo Clinic, the pain may result from a dysfunctional interaction between the central and peripheral nervous systems, along with deficient inflammatory responses. The truth is, even doctors aren’t sure why RSD develops in a third of all cases, though there seems to be no indication that it’s hereditary. That said, the condition is most commonly seen in people who have recently sustained some type of traumatic injury that usually appears minor at first. It may arise from a car accident, construction accident, fall or any injury-causing trauma.

Symptoms of RSD can include:

  • Severe burning pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to even light touch (allodynia)
  • Swelling around the site of the injury
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Excessive sweating or dryness of skin
  • Changes in skin temperature and color
  • Joint tenderness or stiffness
  • Restricted or painful movement
  • Changes in the nails on the affected limb

Left untreated, RSD can progress into more debilitating conditions. Atrophy, where the body’s tissue begins wasting away, can occur when you avoid using the affected limb due to pain. The lack of usage can cause your bones and muscles to weaken or can result in contracture (tightening of the muscle) where the muscle locks into a static position.

Secure assistance from accomplished attorneys who aren’t afraid to litigate

The key to recovering compensation for RSD sufferers is being able to prove that the condition is directly related to the accident. Our knowledgeable Phoenix reflex sympathetic dystrophy attorneys have proven their ability to do just that. Cases of RSD and CRPS are sometimes difficult to diagnose because many symptoms mimic other common medical conditions. That’s why we work with medical experts who can closely evaluate your presenting symptoms and their relation to your underlying traumatic accident. With this information, we can craft a comprehensive case that adequately demonstrates the challenges you face as an injured party and your need for a high-value damage award.

Don’t let anyone talk you out of pursuing the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Your pain is real. It affects your ability to lead a normal life and requires costly medical treatment. It’s okay to seek compensation, because you deserve a fair shake. As attorneys, we don’t take on cases we don’t believe in. We accept RSD and CRPS cases because we know the condition is real and debilitating. If you are unsure about the cause of your pain, we can point you in the direction of an honest diagnosis.


Contact an Arizona reflex dystrophy attorney today

Different patients will have different combinations of signs and symptoms, so it is important to secure help from trusted medical professionals. We can help you do just that. To find out why law firms around the country rely on our knowledge and refer cases to us, contact Plattner Verderame, P.C. today and ask to speak with one of our lawyers. Call us at 602-266-2002, or complete this convenient contact form today. We handle these cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you won’t owe us anything unless we obtain a verdict or settlement on your behalf.