Our personal injury solicitors’ expertise
Because CRPS is such a serious but varying and unpredictable condition, it’s vital to consult a personal injury solicitor with expertise in handling complex compensation claims.
Our team are highly experienced and have an in-depth understanding of how to prove negligence even where the causes and symptoms of each case are unique to the individual affected. We’ll work alongside you to build a strong personal injury claim so you can be recompensed for the pain, suffering, and financial losses you’ve suffered due to the fault of someone else.
In many cases, CRPS and mental health issues go hand in hand. The emotional strain of living in prolonged pain can easily lead to conditions such as depression and anxiety. We can also claim compensation for any psychological damage caused by sustaining CRPS after an injury.
CRPS can be caused by:
- Road traffic accidents
- Surgery or other medical negligence
- Accidents at work
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Accidents in public places
What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition (one that lasts longer than 6 months) which typically affects one limb. CRPS usually starts after an injury and is thought to be caused by damage to the peripheral and central nervous systems.
There are two types of CRPS:
- CRPS-I (previously referred to as Reflect Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome) – occurs after an injury or illness which hasn’t directly affected the affected limb’s nerves
- CRPS-II (previously known as Causalgia) – occurs as a direct result of nerve injury
What are the symptoms of CRPS?
The core symptom of CRPS is prolonged pain (sometimes constant pain) which involves sensations of burning, pins and needles, or pressure as if the affected limb were being squeezed.
Other symptoms include:
- Changes in skin temperature
- Discoloured pale, blue, purple, red, and/or blotchy skin
- Swelling of the affected limb
- Changes in skin texture, for example, the skin may appear shiny
- Changes in nail and hair growth
- Joint stiffness
- Issues with coordination
- Tremors and/or jerking
Many people living with CRPS also experience psychological trauma as a result of struggling to cope with the chronic pain, such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal feelings.
What causes CRPS?
The causes of CRPS are still relatively unclear. Not all victims of trauma will develop CRPS; however, in most cases, people with CRPS will have a history of injury, for example, due to a car accident or limb compression during surgery.
Some injuries which may result in CRPS include:
- Fractures and sprains
- Soft tissue injuries such as burns, cuts, and bruises
- Limb compression
- Stroke or heart attack
Can I claim compensation for CRPS?
You may be entitled to compensation if you can prove that your CRPS was caused by the negligence of another person. This can be a daunting task for claimants as CRPS is difficult to diagnose and it can be tricky to draw a connection between an injury and the development of the condition.
Thankfully, in civil cases you only have to prove that the injury was the result of negligent action or inaction “on the balance of probabilities”. In other words, there must be at least a 51% chance that the negligence caused your CRPS.
Our personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience building negligence cases on behalf of clients with complex and complicated conditions, so we know how to present your case in order to prove that, on the balance of probabilities, your CRPS was caused by negligence.
During your initial consultation, we will discuss the particulars of your case and your prospects for bringing a successful personal injury claim.
How long do I have to claim compensation for CRPS?
Typically, claimants have 3 years from the date of the negligence to start a personal injury claim. However, with CRPS and other chronic pain conditions, the symptoms often don’t become apparent immediately at the point of injury. In these situations, the 3 year time period will only begin once you realise the injury has occurred.
Other exceptions to the 3 year rule include:
- Children – CRPS in children is rare but possible. If you would like to start a personal injury claim on behalf of a child, you’ll have until they turn 18 years old. The child will then have another 3 years (until they are 21) to bring a claim themselves
- People lacking mental capacity – where a person lacks capacity to make a decision, when it needs to be made due to an impairment or disturbance of the mind, they will be unable to start a legal claim themselves. If you would like to make a personal injury claim on behalf of a person lacking mental capacity (and they lacked capacity at the time of injury) there is no time limit. However, if they regain capacity, they will have 3 years to make a claim.
How do No Win No Fee CRPS claims work?
We understand that adapting to life with a chronic pain condition can be an emotionally draining and financially uncertain time, particularly if you’ve been unable to work.
We’re able to accept most new clients on a No Win No Fee basis (also referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement). This means you’ll only have to pay some of our legal fees if your claim is successful. There are strict rules limiting the amount solicitors can recover from claimants, so you can rest assured you’ll receive the majority of your compensation.
We will discuss how our No Win No Fee agreement structure works during our free initial consultation. Therefore, please get in touch with our personal injury solicitors to set up an appointment.
Why choose IBB Claims’ personal injury solicitors?
At IBB Claims, we are specialist personal injury and medical negligence solicitors recognised for our strong track record for bringing successful compensation claims for clients across the country.
Our firm are recognised as one of the leading firms in the UK and the South East by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners and our team includes ranked personal injury and clinical negligence lawyers, Malcolm Underhill and Simon Pimlott.
Our solicitors are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), an organisation which fights for the rights of injured people and promotes principles of good practice in the area of personal injury law.
We’ve also been recognised by the Law Society for our excellent client care and legal practice management through the Lexcel Accreditation. This means you can trust our services to be client-centred, efficient, and cost-effective and that we’ll handle your case professionally, taking actions only in your best interests, and protecting your personal data.
We are independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
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