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CRPS may be covered by workers' compensation

Following workplace injuries, some level of pain is expected temporarily. However, there are those who may experience prolonged pain due to developing complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). North Carolina residents who develop CRPS from workplace injures may have their losses covered by workers' compensation benefits offered through their employers.

CRPS can affect anyone, though it is most common in adults. Persistent and prolonged pain -- typically in the limbs -- is the most notable symptom of CRPS. This pain can feel like squeezing, burning or a pin and needles sensation. Other symptoms that are commonly seen include:

  • Swelling
  • Skin color changes
  • Stiff joints
  • Skin temperature changes
  • Tremors

CRPS typically occurs following trauma to the peripheral or central nervous system. However, it does not develop in every case. This is why the medical community is not entirely certain what actually causes this disorder. It has been seen in individuals who have experienced fractures, burns, sprains and cuts -- among other injuries.

All of these types of injuries can and do often occur in all sorts of work environments. North Carolina residents who have developed complex regional pain syndrome as a result of workplace injures may be entitled to access workers' compensation benefits through their employers. These benefits, which are legally required to be available to employees in most professions, can cover any medical expenses, lost wages, disability -- if applicable -- and other losses that may result. With the assistance of an experienced attorney full coverage can be achieved through negotiations with insurance companies or even litigation -- if necessary.

Source: ninds.nih.gov, "Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Fact Sheet", Accessed on Jan. 29, 2017

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