Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy disorder (or RSD) is an injury that can occur immediately or gradually following an injury, affecting the sympathetic nervous system. This particular body system controls the sweat glands and blood flow in a patient and, when it is compromised, can cause burning pain, swelling and a feeling of warmth in the affected extremities.
If the disorder goes untreated, individuals may experience inflexibility, stiffness or difficulty using the injured part of the body. Though the injured person may not experience symptoms until several months after an initial accident, RSD can truly have a profound impact on a person’s personal health and daily life.
Because car accidents are such a common contributor to injury, RSD is likely to stem from damage caused by these events. RSD can be especially devastating to endure if you knew the condition could have been prevented if the other driver had behaved in a more responsible manner.
If your RSD, or any other injury, was caused by another party’s negligent behavior, you need to contact an experienced attorney to pursue legal action against that individual. To learn more about RSD and your rights as an injured victim, call the experienced Indianapolis personal injury lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (317) 634-8565.
Other medical diagnoses that are similar to RSD include the following:
- Complex regional pain disorder (CRPD)
- Sudeck’s atrophy
- Shoulder-hand syndrome
Once you have been diagnosed with RSD, treatment can include physical therapy, medication, and a surgical implant to stimulate the damaged nerves. This can be extremely costly and could lead to considerable medical bills, lost wages due to missed work, and even physical or emotional pain and suffering. If your RSD was caused by a negligent individual, he or she may be liable for all of these costs. The best chance you have to receive the funds to which you are entitled is by working with an experienced attorney.
For more information about RSD and how a lawyer could help you, contact the experienced Indianapolis personal injury attorneys of the Hankey Law Office at (317) 634-8565.