Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Workers' Compensation for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Many workers experience a condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also know as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). This syndrome can arise after experiencing an injury to the nerves of soft tissue and then leaving the injury untreated. Over time, RSD causes chronic pain in one or more extremeties. The pain, oftentimes in multiples areas, radiates through the body and makes holding down a regular job extremely difficult. As employees are being asked to put in more and more hours at work and perform an increasingly wider variety of tasks, cases of RSD are on the rise.
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy due to an Untreated Workplace Injury
Due to various workplace pressures, employees are likely to never report injuries that occur on the job. After falls or strains or experiencing back pain, many employees never seek medical treatment. RSD is a direct result of not being treated for workplace injuries. As time passes, the pain that employees experience may become so intense that they are unable to come to work and/or become dependent on pain medications. Workers may just see pain as a normal part of the workday, but pain at work is not normal. Employees should see proper medical care to determine the cause of the pain and have it treated.
In many cases, the pain is a result of a case of RSD, which needs prompt medical attention and rehabilitation. During this time, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and time off work while undergoing treatment. However, getting workers’ compensation and proving that RSD is as a result of work injury can be difficult without the help of an attorney.
Legal Help for Getting Workers' Compensation for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
If you have been diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or if you think your chronic pain may be as a result of RSD, you should consult with an attorney experienced in workers’ compensation claims. Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC has the resources and support to help you get an accurate diagnosis with a certified workers’ compensation doctor. Bernstein and Bernstein can also help with the process of filing for workers’ compensation in a step-by-step manner so that you can prove that your RSD is a result of an on-the-job injury. Because we help expedite the paperwork process, you will be able to get back feeling better and getting the right treatment for this challenging disorder.
Contact us at 803-799-7900 or complete the form below to get more information about workers’ compensation for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.