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RSD/ Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

RSD/CRPS

Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Henry, Clayton, Forsyth, Hall, Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Rockdale County RSD/CRPS Attorneys

RSD: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome/ CRPS: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Since our firm’s inception, the Tyrone Law Firm’s attorneys specializing in RSD and CRPS have provided clients throughout the United States and in Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Henry, Clayton, Forsyth, Hall, Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, and Rockdale County (and throughout Georgia) with dedicated legal representation.

Over the last several years our firm has developed a specialty in representing clients who suffer from RSD/CRPS. In fact, we have obtained the largest verdicts on behalf of clients suffering from CRPS in Georgia. In 2010, Nelson Tyrone obtained a $1.25 Million dollar verdict from a jury in a very conservative county in Georgia and an undisclosed settlement for punitive damages for his client who developed CRPS from a hot water burn. This was the largest jury verdict in Cobb County in 2010.

In May of 2012, Nelson Tyrone and co-counsel Lloyd Bell obtained a 5.4 Million Dollar jury verdict on behalf of a husband who developed CRPS after a technician injured a nerve near his elbow with a needle during a blood draw. In that case, the wife recovered 2 Million Dollars for the loss of services, affection and support (called “loss of consortium” under the law) of her spouse. This was the largest verdict of its kind in Georgia history.

Mr. Tyrone has also settled cases on behalf of CRPS injury clients for insurance policy limits of six and seven figures. In fact, the Tyrone Law Firm is currently pursuing cases in Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee in which clients have been injured by hot water, by gas explosions, Trucking collisions or Medical Negligence, and who now suffer from RSD/ CRPS.

Here is a basic overview of this horrible, debilitating disorder:

RSD/ CRPS is a terrible, debilitating and life-changing condition. There are few treatments, and the treatment goals are often to slow the spread of the disease rather than to stop it; it cannot be eradicated by any means. For this reason, it is imperative that you find an RSD attorney who specializes in cases dealing with the disorder and who is ready to go to any lengths to help you.

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD or RSDS) is also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). It is a chronic pain syndrome and is noted for its symptoms of:

  • severe burning pain
  • extreme sensitivity to touch
  • swelling
  • excessive sweating
  • tissue discoloration.

RSD/ CRPS can be best diagnosed with the following specific criteria recognized by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP):

CRPS-1 (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)

  1. The presence of an initiating noxious event, or a cause of immobilization.
  2. Continuing pain, allodynia, or hyperalgesia with which the pain is disproportionate to any inciting event.
  3. Evidence at some time of edema, changes in skin blood flow, or abnormal sudomotor activity in the region of the pain.
  4. This diagnosis is excluded by the existence of conditions that would otherwise account for the degree of pain and dysfunction.

Note: Criteria 2-4 must be satisfied.

CRPS-2 (Causalgia)

  1. The presence of continuing pain, allodynia, or hyperalgesia after a nerve injury, not necessarily limited to the distribution of the injured nerve.
  2. Evidence at some time of edema, changes in skin blood flow, or abnormal sudomotor activity in the region of the pain.
  3. This diagnosis is excluded by the existence of conditions that would otherwise account for the degree of pain and dysfunction.

Note: All three criteria must be satisfied.

Causes of CRPS

CRPS and RSD can often be traced back to an accident or injury that results in nerve damage of some kind. This accident or injury can also be the result of mistakes made during surgery. The injury generally happens to a hand, forearm, foot, ankle or calf.

Sometimes the patient cannot recall the accident or injury that triggered the RSD/ CRPS.

When the onset of RSD/ CRPS can be traced back to an inciting event- an accident, a burn, a surgery or a fall, and if the injury was the result of another’s negligence or intentional act, the RSD/ CRPS victim may be entitled to compensatory damages. The claim must be made within the time limit permitted by law to successfully collect against the negligent person or party.

At the offices of the Tyrone Law Firm we have the specialized knowledge and RSD/CRPS injury cases and have successfully litigated cases on behalf of injured clients. We have the specific courtroom experience with RSD/ CRPS experts, doctors and nurses that is critical in these difficult cases. When choosing an RSD lawyer to help you with this catastrophic, complicated and crippling disease, make sure that you are confident they are capable of handling these kinds of cases in the courtroom as well as in settlement situations. You will only get one chance to fight for your rights, it would be a further tragedy if you settle for too little. Let the Tyrone Law Firm RSD lawyers fight for you and the FULL VALUE of your life with RSD/ CRPS.

Publications with Information about RSD:

Clinical Practice Guidelines for RSD/CRPS. International Research Foundation for RSD/CRPS

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy: A Reappraisal. Dr. Wilfrid Janig and Michael Stanton-Hicks, Editors

For Additional Information About RSD/CRPS:

Invisible Disabilities Association

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association

American Chronic Pain Association

American Pain Society

American RSDHope

Definitive Link Library For RSD/CRPS/Chronic Pain

International Research Foundation for RSD/CRPS

National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Nicole Hemmenway – No, It Is NOT In My Head

Pain Clinic Locator

Instruction to Staff During a Hospital Stay or Out Patient Procedure:

RSD Hospital Protocol for the RSD/ CRPS Patient

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