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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severe psychological symptoms and ongoing financial hardship but still be denied compensation on the basis of an outdated (and disproved) assumption that CRPS is ‘all in their head’.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.
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.
£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.
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:
CRPS compensation claims often arise after someone’s else’s negligence causes our client to suffer one or more of the following injuries:
In addition to the original traumatic injury, CRPS causes the injured person to suffer:
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:
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Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a very painful and debilitating condition which is often triggered by a traumatic injury. The pain caused by CRPS is far more severe and longer lasting than the pain that the traumatic injury would normally cause. The pain usually affects only one limb but can extend far beyond the area that was hurt, sometimes spreading to other areas of the body. It can also get worse, such as by mirroring in the opposite limbs, or spontaneously improve.
CRPS may be categorised as Type I or Type II. Type I usually occurs after an apparently minor injury and is sometimes known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Type II CRPS is sometimes called causalgia and is the more severe type of CRPS. A diagnosis of Type II CRPS means that a nerve has been damaged.
Symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) may appear within days of the traumatic injury or may first develop weeks or months after the original traumatic injury has already healed. The affected area may change colour or temperature, become swollen or stiff, and the skin become so sensitive that even the lightest touch is intensely painful. CRPS often lasts for years.
A diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is usually made by ruling out all other possible conditions with similar symptoms. There is no specific test for CRPS because the cause of the condition is not known. Before a diagnosis of CRPS is made, the sufferer may undergo various tests to rule out other conditions, such as:
Symptoms and signs of CRPS may include one or more of the following:
Our clients may also continue to suffer:
When CRPS is suspected or diagnosed, a referral should be made to a specialist pain clinic so that treatment can be started as soon as possible. There's no known cure for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) but symptoms may be managed by a combination of the following treatments:
Treatment for CRPS and rehabilitation is most effective if started early and managed by a multi-disciplinary team, which may include:
If you have suffered a serious injury as a result of somebody else’s negligence (breach of their duty of care), we may be able to help you make a claim for compensation.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident and the severity of your injury, we may also be able to help you claim compensation:
You can make a claim on behalf of:
The vast majority of our clients’ serious injury claims are settled without the need for a court hearing (trial). Our clients very rarely need to go to court.
Our personal injury specialists are highly experienced in investigating and assessing the strength of each client’s case. From the outset, and throughout the claim, we advise our clients clearly and honestly about their prospects of success.
Court proceedings are issued (started) in many cases but this does not mean that the case will end in a trial. There are many reasons why court proceedings might be issued:
We work hard to prove each client’s claim, based on evidence of the circumstances of their accident and the impact of their injury. We encourage cooperation with the defendant’s insurers and negotiate the best possible settlements for our clients. On the rare occasions when a claim cannot be settled without a court hearing, this will be because:
In the following circumstances, the law requires a judge to approve an out-of-court settlement, for the protection of those involved:
In these cases, the approval hearing will be a short hearing at which the lawyers for both parties explain the circumstances of the case and the settlement terms to the judge. In most cases our client will be expected to be in court during the hearing, accompanied and fully supported by members of our legal team.
The duration of a serious injury claim depends on the individual circumstances of the client’s case. Claims take less time to conclude if:
Claims are more complex and may take longer to resolve where:
Our nationally acclaimed serious injury specialists have helped hundreds of individuals and families whose lives have been devastated by accidents on the roads, at work, abroad or elsewhere. We understand the impact that a sudden, severe injury and its financial consequences can have on an individual and their family.
We work hard to secure cooperation with defendant insurers, to provide immediate needs assessments and timely funded rehabilitation for our clients to maximise their recovery in the all-important period immediately following an injury. Wherever possible we also secure interim payments to ease our clients’ financial hardship long before their claims have concluded.
By taking the time that is needed for the client’s rehabilitation and the careful assessment of their long-term needs, we can be confident that each client receives the full support and the compensation they deserve.
The amount of compensation that an injured person receives in a personal injury claim depends on a number of individual factors:
Depending on the client’s injury and the way it affects their life, their claim may include compensation for:
Compensation is carefully structured to make the best provision for the injured person’s needs. There are rules protecting compensation for children or adults who lack mental capacity. Compensation may be paid in one or more of the following ways:
An interim payment is a part-payment of compensation which is paid to the injured person, in advance, whilst the claim is ongoing. We can usually secure an interim payment from the defendant’s insurer where they have admitted liability (accepted fault) for our client’s injury.
We use interim payments to help the injured person and their family, who may be suffering financial hardship as a result of the injury. Where insurers are not willing to provide Rehabilitation Code funding, we sometimes obtain interim payments to ensure that our client receives the rehabilitation, case management and therapies that they need straight away.
Interim payments may be used to meet any genuine need, but it is important that the injured person and their family understand that the sums that they have already received as interim payments are deducted from their final compensation at the end of the claim.
Depending on the client’s injury, an interim payment may help meet their needs for:
By understanding and targeting provision for our clients’ rehabilitation and other essential needs early in the claims process, we help restore our clients’ mobility, independence and ability to participate fully in family and social life, long before the claim has concluded.
If you, or someone in your family has been seriously injured in an accident that was somebody else’s fault, you may be entitled to make a claim. If this feels daunting, alongside everything else that you are coping with in the aftermath of an accident, it may help to remember that:
The easiest way to get started is to talk to one of our friendly, experienced solicitors. You can talk to us free and confidentially about your potential claim, with no obligation, by contacting us here.
If you decide that you want to go ahead with making a claim, we will gather as much evidence as we can to support your claim. This evidence may include:
We will also contact the defendant and their insurers to begin working towards meeting your immediate needs and settlement of the claim.
It costs nothing to talk to us to find out about making a claim. Our initial advice is free.
When you first contact us we advise you whether we can help you make a claim. We discuss how your claim will be funded, and advise, fully and clearly, how that works and what it will mean for you.
We offer a range of funding options, but the majority of our clients’ claims are handled on a conditional fee agreement (CFA) basis, often known as ‘no win no fee’. This means that there is nothing to pay at the outset or until the claim is settled and you receive compensation. If you win your claim, the defendant’s insurer makes a contribution towards your legal costs. You pay nothing if your claim does not succeed.
Our personal injury lawyers are specialists in catastrophic and severe injury compensation claims. Our clients have often suffered life-changing injury resulting in permanent disability. Our aim is to assist their recovery by securing funded rehabilitation whilst supporting them in adjusting to the changes to their lives and securing compensation to meet their needs in the future.
Our clients usually have suffered one or more of the following:
A personal injury is an injury to the body. Sometimes the physical injury or the circumstances in which that injury was suffered also leads to a psychiatric or psychological injury.
When someone is injured as a result of another person or organisation’s breach of their duty of care (negligence), the injured person may be entitled to claim compensation for their injury and its financial consequences. The claim for compensation is made against the person or organisation that was responsible for the injury and is usually met by their insurer. The legal process of claiming compensation for injuries that are caused by negligence is known as a personal injury claim.
Boyes Turner’s personal injury team specialise in claims involving severe or catastrophic injury. Most of our clients have been injured in road traffic accidents (RTAs) and accidents at work.
For compensation claims relating to injuries which occurred in England or Wales the general rule is that court proceedings must be issued (formally started) within three years of the date of the injury. In most cases, before a claim can be issued work must be carried out to investigate the claim, notify the defendant and the insurance company against whom the claim is being made and obtain a medical report to support the claim. The sooner you contact us after an injury has occurred, the sooner we can begin to help you, and the better we can investigate and prepare your claim.
Longer time limits apply to children whose three-year time period only begins to run from the age of 18, meaning that their time limit expires when they reach the age of 21. As with adults, however, the sooner you contact us after your child’s serious injury, the sooner we can start helping the child and obtain financial help via the claim.
Time limits do not apply for those who lack mental capacity. Where an injured person’s mental capacity is uncertain, we work closely with our Court of Protection team to determine whether our client has capacity to bring their own claim. As with other claims, it is always advisable to contact us as soon as possible after the injury, to ensure that evidence can be preserved, rehabilitation started (where needed) and financial help secured via the claim.
In exceptional circumstances the court may extend the time limit (or limitation deadline).
Where the claimant could not have known that an injury had occurred until after the deadline for making the claim, the deadline is three years from the ‘date of knowledge’ (when the claimant first knew that they had suffered an injury). Asbestos-related disease claims, where symptoms of disease first appear decades after the exposure to asbestos, usually have limitation deadlines based on the ‘date of knowledge’.
If the injury occurred in an accident abroad, the law of the country where the accident happened will determine the time limit for making a claim. These time limits vary from country to country and can be much shorter than the deadlines in England and Wales. If you have suffered a serious injury that was not your fault whilst working, travelling, studying or on holiday abroad, you should contact us for advice straight away.
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Claire is exceptionally knowledgeable in the personal injury legal domain, especially in the specific area of my injury. From our very first conversation, she was clear in explaining the potential different routes that the process could take and provided me with expectations of what I could expect along the journey.
She ensured that all bases were covered, organising meetings, discussions and necessary specialist appointments, in order to bring together the case and take it forward. Claire was then able to use her extensive pool of contacts, to appoint an "area leading" barrister, to represent me.
Overall, I was very pleased with appointing Claire and Boyes Turner to act as my solicitor for the legal claim that I pursued. Thank you for all of your support.
I approached Claire Roantree of Boyes Turner in regards to making a claim about a workplace burns injury. It was something that had scarred me physically and mentally and taken a huge toll on the lives of me and my family. Claire wasted no time in finding out what happened and made sure I was treated by known experts and quickly finding an answer to my burns scarring and how I could be treated to help manage my pain. Claire also helped me by appointing a psychiatrist to understand my situation and help me cope with post traumatic stress disorder. As well as taking as much stress of the claim away, she was thorough in every situation, making sure I had the best possible claim, and handled it all expertly, I am so very grateful to her and her team. They have helped guide my life back into a positive direction and I can't thank her enough!
Excellent service from Claire and her team at all times. We were kept up to date at each stage of our claim. The outcome was much better than we expected and we would not hesitate to recommend Boyes Turner to family and friends.
Kim handled my personal injury claim after a car accident with immeasurable expertise and compassion. Boyes Turner arranged every part of my private rehabilitation, which greatly improved the speed and quality of my recovery.
Each stage of the litigation process was dealt with efficiently and succinctly. This was then always explained without using unclear legal jargon.
On both health and financial levels, I would be in a far worse position without Kim’s invaluable input. I cannot recommend this firm enough.
The last 6 years since my incident have been so my mental health and general life. When I chose Boyes Turner, I was expecting just a solicitor to take my case forward. What in fact I actually got is a solicitor who genuinely cared about what had happened to me and wanted to help me get justice. Without their support I would have probably given in and excepted what happened. I am so glad that I didn’t, now it’s over I am now feeling empowered knowing it wasn’t my fault. They have given me hope for the future. It is more than a job for Claire, she is caring and kind, are wants the best for clients. Thank you.