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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a chronic pain condition typically affecting a person’s limbs following some kind of injury. A person who suffers CRPS experiences continuous pain that is usually disproportionate to the underlying injury that the condition results from.

Causes of CRPS are not always clearly understood, which leads to many workers’ compensation claims involving this condition being denied. Physicians who perform independent medical exams (IMEs) for employers and workers’ compensation insurance carriers can use this difficulty in diagnosing CRPS as a reason to downplay the severity of the injured worker’s pain and reduce or deny the employee’s benefits.

Lawyer for Workplace Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in Miami, FL

If you or your loved one is suffering from CRPS after being injured in a workplace accident in South Florida, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. The Hoffman Firm represents clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay anything unless you receive a monetary award.

Miami workers’ compensation attorney Evan A. Hoffman helps injured workers in communities throughout Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, and Broward County. Call (305) 940-2307 today to receive a free consultation that will allow our lawyer to provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case.


Overview of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) in Florida Workers’ Compensation Cases


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Causes of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in Miami Workers’ Compensation Cases

The reason that so many CRPS workers’ compensation claims are denied is that many develop the condition after some form of physical trauma while others who have experienced similar trauma do not. Unfortunately, the lack of a single test to definitively diagnose CRPS often leads to disputes about the validity of the injured worker’s suffering.

Some of the most common triggers of CRPS include, but are not limited to:

  • Amputations;
  • Crush injuries;
  • Fractures;
  • Heart attacks;
  • Infections;
  • Limb immobilization;
  • Soft tissue injuries;
  • Sprains or strains; or
  • Surgical or medical procedures.

CRPS has two different classifications, depending on the cause:

  • Type I —Also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), Type I CRPS is the more common form of the condition and typically involves no noticeable nerve damage.
  • Type II — Also known as causalgia, Type II CRPS involves a known or obvious nerve injury.

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Symptoms in South Florida Workers’ Compensation Cases

CRPS typically involves prolonged and excessive pain, but there can be improvement or remission of the condition if the injured worker begins receiving treatment soon after being diagnosed. Treatment can include various medications or therapies that can lead to many additional medical bills.

A few of the most common symptoms of CRPS include, but are not limited to:

  • Abnormal swelling;
  • Changes in skin color and/or texture;
  • Continuous burning or throbbing pain;
  • Increased skin sensitivity;
  • Joint stiffness and damage;
  • Limited range of motion; and/or
  • Muscle spasms.

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Florida Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Resources

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA) — The RSDSA is an international 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission “to provide support, education, and hope to all affected by the pain and disability of CRPS/RSD, while we drive research to develop better treatments and a cure.” On this website, you can learn more about living with CRPS, find articles about recent medical research, and view a calendar of upcoming events.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Fact Sheet — The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is “to reduce the burden of neurological disease—a burden borne by every age group, every segment of society, and people all over the world.” On this section of the NINDS website, you can find answers to many of the most frequently asked questions about CRPS.


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The Hoffman Firm | Miami Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Have you or your loved one been diagnosed with CRPS after being injured in an accident on the job in South Florida? You could face significant challenges obtaining workers’ compensation benefits, but The Hoffman Firm can help you file a claim or appeal if you have been denied.

Evan A. Hoffman is a skilled workers’ compensation attorney in Miami who represents clients in Homestead, Aventura, Hallandale Beach, Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami Beach, and many surrounding areas of South Florida. Call (305) 940-2307 or fill out an online contact form to set up a free initial consultation that will let our lawyer review your case and discuss all of your legal options.


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