Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome and Workers’ Compensation
Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS, or sometimes called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or RSD) is a chronic pain condition that requires skilled medical care and legal counsel when caused by a work injury. If you have been diagnosed with CRPS or RSD, contact an attorney who represents employees in workers’ compensation cases and has knowledge of these conditions. Regardless of your relationship with your employer, remember that your employer's insurance carrier controls payment of workers’ compensation benefits and wants to pay as little as possible. An experienced attorney will recognize the need to act quickly to establish the work-relatedness of your condition and connect you with the most experienced doctors to get early and aggressive care. It is typical for insurance companies to initially deny claims dealing with chronic pain, but as long as the chronic condition began after a work-related injury, or was preexisting but worsened after performing work duties, CRPS or RSD sufferers may be able to receive workers' compensation benefits. The benefits of workers’ compensation include payment for lost wages due to inability to work and payment of medical expenses related to the work injury that caused the CRPS or RSD.
Call Maine Employee Rights Group, 207.874.0905, for expert advice on workers’ compensation claims for CRPS and RSD.