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Work-related CRPS/RSD and workers' compensation

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a debilitating health condition that includes symptoms such burning pain, tenderness and swelling. The condition is often an aftereffect of an accidental injury.

CRPS/RSD may be covered by North Carolina workers' compensation if the person contracted the condition following an injury that occurred on the job. You do not have to prove that the accident was caused by employer negligence--only it was work-related.

Workers' compensation benefits for CRPS/RSD

Work-related CRPS/RDS is a covered medical condition under North Carolina workers' compensation. Benefits may include:

  • Free medical treatment and reimbursement for travel expenses to obtain treatment
  • Weekly benefits equal to two-thirds of your average weekly wage for up to 500 weeks
  • If you suffer a permanent impairment, you are entitled to a settlement based on your disability rating.
  • You may be eligible for job retraining or continued benefits of up to 75 percent of your pre-injury earnings

What if my CRPS/RSD claim was denied?

Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies sometimes view employees affected by chronic conditions as expenses that need to be controlled. The longer your condition continues, the more likely it is that the insurance company will look for a way to stop benefits.

Your workers' compensation insurance carrier may deny specific medical treatments or prescription pain relievers, especially those containing opioids. Insurers may also deny that your CRPS/RSD is work-related or offer a settlement that is less than you will need.

To obtain the benefits you need and deserve, you should seek the help of an experienced workers' compensation attorney.

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