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Workers’ Compensation and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

November 23, 2015

A growing number of workers are experiencing a condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also sometimes referred to as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). This relatively unknown syndrome occurs when an injury to the nerves or soft tissue is left untreated and then causes chronic pain in one or more of the extremities. Over time, RSD can produce multiple points of pain, which radiates through the body, making it difficult or impossible to hold down meaningful employment. Cases of RSD are on the rise as employees are forced to multi-task and put in longer hours at work.
How is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Related to Workers’ Compensation?

You may not be surprised to hear that RSD is a direct result of not being properly treated for minor workplace injuries. While most on-the-job injuries are reported, a vast majority of employees never seek medical treatment for falls or strains, or pain in the back and neck due to long stressful shifts. Over time, employees may experience so much pain that they are forced to take a sick day or become dependent on pain medicines. Workers may just see pain as a normal part of the workday.

However, you should know that pain at work is not normal and should be given proper medical care to get to the root of the issue. In some cases, this pain may signify 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 is another matter.

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, it’s time to consult with an attorney experienced in workers’ compensation claims. Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC has the resources and support to help you get a proper diagnosis with a certified workers’ compensation doctor. We also help you go through the process of filing for workers’ compensation step-by-step so that you can prove that RSD is a result of your workplace and the work you do. Then you can get back to feeling better and getting the right treatment for this challenging disorder.
Call Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC. and find out how we can help you get workers’ compensation for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. 803-799-7900

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