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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severe psychological symptoms and ongoing financial hardship but still be denied compensation on the basis of an outdated (and disproved) assumption that CRPS is ‘all in their head’.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:

  • 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.

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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Thank you again for all you have done for us and the way you have done it. We would be happy to recommend your services to anyone else in a similar position.

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"I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in my recovery"

"It really does turn your life upside down in a moment, not just for me but for my family as well. It’s been a difficult journey, sometimes very emotional, but I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in my recovery and in being able to tell this story tooMy story shows what can be achieved with the support of the right people and a little determination. I look back on where I was and I’m delighted with where I am now. I’ve still got a way to go and I still have some effects from the accident to deal with but I hope people see what I’ve achieved and it helps them as they begin their recovery."

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We’d like to express our thanks to Kim and the team at Boyes Turner for the expertise, experience and professionalism in handling our daughter’s serious injury claim following a road accident. From arranging a team of rehab specialists and the necessary funding to the negotiation of the final very satisfactory settlement, the whole operation has been conducted very smoothly and we can recommend their service to anyone in a similar position.

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Thank you so much for all you have done for C and the family. I know that you have absolutely given it everything you’ve got and your devotion and commitment to the case has been spectacular.

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I wanted to take the opportunity to express my thanks to you for your professional attitude and handling of the claim throughout this tragic case.  It is in cases like this where the compensation can never compensate for the loss suffered, but hopefully it will help in some way to move forward.

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