Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD), also called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), is a severe and chronic condition that causes significant pain in the arms and legs.
It is believed to be caused by malfunctions in the nervous system brought on by trauma.
Even otherwise healthy people can develop RSD as a result of:
An injury or accident;
A major surgery;
A stroke or heart attack.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome claims in workers’ compensation are relatively rare. You should contact workers compensation attorneys as soon as possible for any kind of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy claims. Let’s review what you need to know.
RSD Workers Compensation San Diego: The Facts
RSD is a complicated disorder that can take weeks, months or even years to develop fully after the accident that causes it. Because of this, it is very important to promptly document any accident that occurs in the workplace, no matter how minor it might seem at the time.
Shortly after documenting an accident, it is imperative to see a doctor for a medical evaluation. In San Diego, your employer may request that you utilize a doctor within the company’s own insurance network. However, you can also seek a second opinion if you wish.
Your employer is not permitted to do anything to delay or otherwise undermine the process of launching your claim. That said, it is possible for your claim to be denied. Since RSD can be tough to diagnose, you may need to take extra steps to prove your condition.
Pursuing RSD Settlements: Medical Condition and Appeals
If you have sustained an injury while performing duties for your employer at your workplace, you will usually qualify for workers compensation under San Diego law. The amount of compensation may be influenced by your medical condition, so proving RSD is essential.
The right legal expert can accelerate the process by helping you access an RSD specialist. Since there is no single diagnostic tool for RSD, your complete medical history is taken into account.
People seeking workers’ compensation in San Diego are generally limited in whether they can sue employers for additional damages arising from an accident. However, a severe and life-long diagnosis – such as RSD – can increase compensation amounts and legal options. The diagnosis can also make it easier to appeal a compensation ruling if your initial claim is denied.
A fair settlement should take into account lost wages, ongoing medical care and your suffering.
Contact Gerald Brody & Associates for Immediate Help
If you need further help with RSD or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome settlements, contact Gerald D. Brody and Associates. Our expert attorneys will fight for your rights so you can get the fair settlement you deserve. Give us a call at (619) 528-9800.