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Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) can transform even a minor injury into years of debilitating pain and disability. It has been described as one of the most painful types of pain. Thousands of people develop CRPS after traumatic injury in the UK each year but, despite its prevalence and the suffering caused to those it affects, the condition often remains undiagnosed and is misunderstood.

Accident victims are at risk of losing out on the compensation they deserve after their physical injury later develops into chronic pain or CRPS. Defendant insurers often deny the existence of the condition or that it was caused by the defendant’s negligence. Doctors may be reluctant or lack the understanding  to diagnose it. Severe, debilitating pain can affect the sufferer’s daily activities, relationships and their ability to work. They may experience severe psychological symptoms and ongoing financial hardship but still be denied compensation on the basis of an outdated (and disproved) assumption that CRPS is ‘all in their head’. 

Boyes Turner’s injury lawyers understand CRPS and other chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia. We are skilled in helping accident victims affected by serious chronic pain conditions secure the rehabilitation treatment, support and compensation they deserve.

Why use Boyes Turner for your CRPS injury compensation claim?

Accident compensation claims for injuries involving CRPS must be handled by solicitors with experience of complex, serious, physical and psychological injury, chronic pain and CRPS. These cases are often complicated by incorrect or delayed diagnosis, lack of medical and (defendant) insurer understanding. Our clients need specialist support and carefully managed rehabilitation using a multidisciplinary team approach. We understand the immediate and longer-term needs of our CRPS clients and are skilled in securing funded rehabilitation, interim payments and settlements to ensure that our clients’ needs are met. 

Recent cases:

  • £3.4m+ provisional damages settlement in a RTA claim for a client who was hit by a van causing orthopaedic and head injuries, PTSD and chronic pain.  The provisional settlement allows our client to claim further compensation if untreatable infection in the injured leg leads to amputation.
  • £550,000 settlement in a slipping accident claim for a client with orthopaedic injuries who developed CRPS.

  • Settlement for a client who required physiotherapy, extensive pain management and surgery for type 1 complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) following a traumatic foot and ankle injury in a road traffic accident. We secured compensation for our client despite the defendant’s insurer’s refusal to accept that our client was suffering from CRPS.

  • £135,000 compensation for a healthcare assistant who suffered facial injuries, fibromyalgia and PTSD after being head-butted by a patient at work. Settlement was achieved despite the defendant employer’s initial suggestion that our client’s fibromyalgia had pre-dated the assault.

  • £128,000 settlement in an accident at work claim for a delivery driver who was crushed when a heavy cage tipped over, causing a fractured spine, chronic pain and psychological injury.  The settlement reflected a 30% reduction in the full value of our client's claim to reflect his own contributory negligence. 

What kind of accidents lead to a CRPS compensation claim?

Where someone has suffered traumatic injury leading to chronic pain or CRPS as a result of someone else’s negligence, they may be entitled to claim compensation for their injury and its financial consequences.

Accidents leading to compensation claims for CRPS injury include:

  • workplace accidents, such as falls, slips or injury from unsafe machinery;
  • road traffic accidents;  
  • injury caused by unsafe buildings or public facilities;
  • injury from defective products;
  • injuries from violent crime, such as assault.
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What kind of injuries lead to a CRPS compensation claim?

CRPS compensation claims often arise after someone’s else’s negligence causes our client to suffer one or more of the following injuries:

  • fractures (broken bones);
  • lacerations;
  • conditions caused by swelling, such as compartment syndrome;
  • burns;
  • sprains and soft tissue injury;
  • following surgery for traumatic injury;
  • following immobilisation of injured limbs, such as in a plaster cast, splint or brace.

In addition to the original traumatic injury, CRPS causes the injured person to suffer:   

  • severe pain, not limited to the site of original injury;
  • fatigue, lack of concentration and other impairments;
  • psychological symptoms, such as low mood or depression;
  • severe psychological/psychiatric injury, such as PTSD.
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What compensation can I get after a CRPS injury compensation claim?

As with all serious injury claims, our client’s entitlement to compensation depends on the client’s injury and disability, its impact on their life, and their individual circumstances. 

Depending on the nature of our client’s injury and the circumstances of their claim, they may be entitled to claim compensation for:

  • pain, suffering and disability;
  • costs of rehabilitation;
  • costs of physiotherapy;
  • cost of occupational therapy (OT);
  • costs of surgery/medical treatment;
  • costs of pain management;
  • costs of psychological counselling and treatment;
  • loss of earnings and/or pension;
  • costs of necessary care, domestic help and support;
  • increased costs of transport or adapted vehicles;
  • specialist equipment and aids;
  • costs of prostheses (after amputation);
  • increased costs of accommodation or necessary home adaptations;
  • costs of case management.
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What is complex regional pain syndrome or CRPS?

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How do I get started with making a claim?

How are personal injury claims funded?

What injuries can lead to a personal injury compensation claim?

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“Thanks for everything. It’s been very nice to be able to put it all behind us and try to move forward.  I cannot thank you and Boyes Turner for all you have done for me. It goes without saying I would always recommend Boyes Turner. I couldn’t have done it without your support.”

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"You got us the best outcome and I can’t thank you enough"

 Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of myself and my family. You were recommended to us by a close friend back in 2017 and I will certainly recommend you again. You’ve been amazing and very reassuring considering how complicated I made things at times. It’s been one of the hardest times of my life but I was glad I had you on the end of the phone. It’s a surreal feeling now it’s all over but very relieved you got us the best outcome and I can’t thank you enough.

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"Extremely grateful for her professionalism and attention to detail. "

Through my dealings with Claire as my representative in a personal injury claim, I have been extremely grateful for her professionalism and attention to detail. 

I believe going above and beyond to help accommodate my needs and explain everything in a way that I could understand. Working around timing for video calls and zoom meetings with myself and my mum, often on weekends and evenings. We always knew she was just a phone call away to answer any questions we had and if she didn’t have the answer then it would be found out for us. Once the claim was settled, she has still offered her support and provided contacts to do with my injury fund and further surgery I need. 

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"Great support throughout a very emotional and difficult period"

Claire was very much the lynchpin in achieving settlement of a complex case. From the outset Claire ensured steps were taken to manage both rehabilitation and legal/case requirements in the correct sequence; this included the early appointment of a case manager.

In addition Claire has been a great support throughout a very emotional and difficult period in our lives.

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"I cannot recommend them highly enough"

After being involved in a Road Accident I enlisted the services of Boyes Turner to help settle our compensation claim for damages and ongoing injuries that I incurred as a result. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Their ongoing support throughout an extremely stressful ordeal was second to none. I suffered multiple injuries and they organised all my ongoing medical needs both physically and mentally, to help aid my recovery and rehabilitation. They managed my case with the utmost professionalism, concluding it satisfactorily so that I can move forward with my life and recovery. Thank you to Claire and her team for their amazing ongoing support and work with handling my case, in a time of great stress and uncertainty. Thank you so much for all you have done for me and my family.


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