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CRPS Lawyer


Complex regional pain syndrome is one of the most difficult injuries to pursue in court because many of the symptoms of the condition are not recognized and documented by treating doctors.

Maryland attorney, George Patterson has handled several injury cases involving a medical condition that is often poorly understood by insurance adjusters and many doctors.  The condition is known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and also as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).  CRPS occurs when a person's sympathetic nervous system still believes that a body part is injured after that injury has resolved.  CRPS or RSD causes intense sensitivity and pain.

What to Expect

Is this a real injury?

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is difficult to treat, extremely painful and not subject to a diagnosis that can be easily verified through an objective test. Each of these factors make RSD or CRPS cases extremely difficult to resolve with insurance adjusters. Insurance adjusters are trained to focus on objectively verifiable injuries like herniated discs, broken bones, bruises and torn ligaments. They tend to compensate complaints of pain that are backed up by injuries that are objectively verifiable and they often dismiss or minimize subjective complaints of pain without corroboration from x-rays, MRIs or visible injury. Insurance adjusters are also inclined to deny compensation for medical treatment that persists after most people with soft tissue injuries recover. It is critical to retain the services of a personal injury lawyer that has litigated complex regional pain syndrome cases to fight against the skeptical treatment by insurance adjuster

Proven Results for CRPS Victims

Help requires Understanding and Acceptance that CRPS is real.

CRPS arise from minor injuries.  George Patterson represented a client that sustained a contusion to her foot due a handle falling off a poorly maintained ice cream machine.  This relatively minor injury led to a diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.  The insurance company originally denied the claim.  The insurance company believed that the ice cream handle was too light to  have caused an injury.  The insurance company did not make any offers until three weeks before trial. The case ultimately resolved for $1,000,000.

In another Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) case, George Patterson obtained a resolution of the case in the Federal Court located in Greenbelt, Maryland for $587,500. George Patterson’s client with RSD had incurred less than $20,000 in medical bills but was left with constant pain. The CRPS occurred after the Shady Side resident injured his hand in a truck accident that occurred in Prince George’s County. The defense questioned the seriousness and existence of the disorder but was persuaded by an internationally renowned expert on RSD hired by CRPS lawyer George Patterson.

CRPS is very difficult to treat and resolve. Such conditions are frustrating to patients and their doctors. Conventional treatments for the underlying injuries that lead to the condition are ineffective and painful for the patient to endure. Some of the associated symptoms such as hair loss, a limb occasional developing a blue tint, changes in the growth of finger nails, differing temperature in one limb, and spreading of the condition to other limbs may not initially be recognized by doctors as indications of CRPS. Notations of such objective findings are often given little weight by insurance adjusters. Insurance companies will demand increasing levels of objective evidence of an injury the longer it takes a car accident victim to recover.  CRPS victims often deal with complaints of intense pain that persist for years.

In more than 90 percent of cases, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is triggered by a clear history of trauma or injury. The most common triggers are fractures, sprains/strains, soft tissue injury (such as burns, cuts, or bruises), limb immobilization (such as being in a cast), surgery, or even minor medical procedures such as a needle stick.

Protecting CRPS Victims

CRPS is real and devastating

RSD or CRPS cases require skilled expert witnesses.   These injury claims are often not supported by clear medical evidence like a fracture shown on an x-ray. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy cases are vulnerable to attacks by doctors hired by insurance companies because the symptoms typically do not fully appear until weeks or months after a car accident. This delay makes it easier for experts to suggest other causes for the condition than an injury from a car accident.

CRPS also cannot be verified by a diagnostic test like an MRI or nerve conduction study. This makes it easy for doctors hired by insurance companies to suggest that the complaints should not be believed because the person is seeking compensation.

Maryland CRPS lawyer, George Patterson obtained a policy limits offer on behalf of a client that had two prior car accident lawyers that failed to obtain any offers for the client. This is not uncommon because CRPS requires significant knowledge about the condition to properly present the claim to an insurance company or to a jury. If you have been diagnosed with CRPS or reflex sympathetic dystrophy from a car accident or truck accident please contact CRPS lawyer George Patterson for a free consultation.

I was in an accident in April of 2010 and had two lawyers prior to hiring George Patterson who did nothing to move my case along. He worked hard to resolve my case and kept me well informed. It is the middle of January 2013 and my case has now been resolved and finalized. He did more for me in less than 3 months than two other lawyers did in 2 years. He is amazing and I would highly recommend him to anyone going through a tough personal injury case like I had. He was able to settle out of court and I am extremely thankful to him and his team. Meet with him and you will see that he isn't a lawyer who only cares about money his first priority is his clients

Stephanie

A car accident client with CRPS.

Anyone who has met and spent any time with a person suffering from CRPS knows that this condition is real and life altering. Many doctors that have encountered the suffering caused by this condition have devoted their lives to helping people with CRPS. My job is to show juries and judges what has moved many doctors to devote their careers to search for an end to this suffering.

George Patterson, CRPS lawyer

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Maryland CRPS lawyer George Patterson offers free consultations at his offices in Bowie and Annapolis.  The Bowie office is located in the Omni Medical Building at 4000 Mitchellville Road, Suite A202, Bowie Maryland.  He also sees clients in the Patterson Law Building located at 1 Willow Street, Annapolis Maryland.

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