Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a condition brought on by dysfunction of the nervous system. This can arise as a result of many problems, including an accident, injury, heart attack, stroke or other trauma.
When CRPS strikes, it results in ongoing pain in the arms, legs or both.
The pain can be debilitating. In all cases, it is significantly out of proportion to any type of injury the victim might have sustained at the site of the pain. In addition to neurological factors, unhealthy inflammation might be partially to blame for this.
CRPS is rare enough that most people have never heard of it. When it emerges as the result of a workplace injury, however, it can transform the victim’s life overnight. Many people find that they are simply not able to work due to the pain and its effects on their capabilities.
Can Complex Regional Pain Syndrome be a Workplace Injury? Yes!
CRPS is notoriously hard to diagnose. Because it affects everyone differently and can arise under diverse circumstances, you may need several medical tests before an accurate diagnosis can be made. These tests eliminate the possibility that the pain is caused by other issues.
Once a diagnosis is made, a San Diego victim must prove to the relevant workers’ compensation board that CRPS resulted from a workplace injury. Since months can elapse between an injury and the CRPS diagnosis, it is essential that any and all injuries in the workplace be documented promptly.
In San Diego, you are likely to qualify for workers’ compensation if:
You developed the condition as the result of an injury you sustained while working;
You were performing duties for your employer at the time you sustained the injury;
You were not under the influence of alcohol or other substances during the event.
Why CRPS can be a Challenging Compensation Case
San Diego law is relatively forgiving about the circumstances surrounding workplace injuries. You can even qualify for compensation in many cases where you were working from home – and, sometimes, even if you were harmed while commuting to or from work.
Employers are not allowed to hinder your compensation claim in any way. However, they are permitted to dispute your version of events or raise other objections. In CRPS cases, employers will often argue that it cannot be proven that the condition is associated with a workplace injury.
It can be difficult to overcome this defense, since CRPS is a complicated condition.
Gerald Brody & Associates
If you are involved in a compensation case, workers compensation attorneys can help you defend your legal rights. It may be necessary to take unusual steps, both legally and medically, to prove your case. To find out more, contact Gerald D. Brody and Associates.