Have you suffered chronic pain after experiencing a motorcycle accident? If so, it is possible that you developed CRPS. CRPS is a devastating condition that could prevent those suffering with it from living a normal life. Have you been diagnosed with CRPS? If so, you might have proof that your CRPS was a result of your motorcycle accident. In that case, you might have grounds to sue the party or entity liable for your motorcycle accident.
If you would like to learn more about suing a party or entity for CRPS after a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm at your earliest convenience. Depending on the details surrounding your situation, you might have grounds to sue. For more information, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group at your earliest convenience.
Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury law firm with many years of experience handling all sorts of claims, including motorcycle accident claims and CRPS claims. Our lawyers are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need to reach a successful claim outcome. If you would like to discuss the possibility of pursuing a claim with the experienced lawyers at our firm, do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience.
What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
CRPS – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – is a medical condition that causes chronic pain; the chronic pain associated with CRPS is usually debilitating and disabling. There are two types of CRPS: Type I and Type II. CRPS Type I is associated with minor nerve injuries and soft tissue injuries (such as sprains, strains, burns, and fractures, for example). CRPS Type II is associated with major nerve injuries. CRPS Type II has previously been referred to as Causalgia as well as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).
As mentioned above, CRPS causes disabling and debilitating chronic pain. CRPS has been known to affect skin, muscles, joints, and bones. Affected individuals have described the pain as either constant or intermittent; additionally, the pain has often been described as a burning pain. In general, CRPS is associated with the limbs; however, the condition could spread to other parts of the body as it progresses. Although the pain associated with CRPS can be manageable in its early stages, the pain typically steadily increases until becoming intolerable.
The Dangers Associated with Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are, unfortunately, very common. Motorcyclists are at-risk of suffering accidents for a number of reasons. Primarily, motorcycles are smaller than the average vehicle and, therefore, more difficult to see on the road. Motorcycles are also typically faster (specifically in heavy traffic when lane-splitting). Because of both the speed and size of motorcycles, other drivers can spot motorcyclists in their mirrors and think they have enough time to change lanes or pass them, for example. Although other drivers are often at-fault for motorcycle accidents, motorcyclists can put themselves in danger by speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, cutting other vehicles off, and generally exercising recklessness.
Another important factor to consider when discussing the dangers of motorcycle accidents is that motorcyclists are unprotected in comparison to drivers of regular vehicles (which are protected inside vehicle frames). Although motorcyclists wear protective gear (including helmets, jackets, gloves, shoes, etc.), they are often launched off their motorcycles and thrown many feet into the air. Motorcyclists can also fall onto busy roads after collisions and, unfortunately, be run over by other vehicles. In many cases, motorcycle accidents are fatal; however, in the instances where the victim survives, life-long injuries are likely.
CRPS as a Result of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can result in a number of injuries, including but not limited to the following: head injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, hip injuries, pelvic injuries, nerve injuries, degloving injuries, internal injuries, burns, broken bones, strains/sprains, etc. As mentioned above, minor nerve injuries, major nerve injuries, and soft tissue injuries can lead to CRPS. That is, some of the injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents can directly contribute to CRPS.
Understanding Liability Relevant to CRPS
Who can be held accountable for the CRPS that you suffered? Because CRPS develops as a direct result of another injury, liability for CRPS is based on liability for the injury suffered. That is, if the injury that resulted in the CRPS was related to a motorcycle accident, the party or entity liable for the motorcycle accident will also carry liability for the CRPS suffered.
Liability is based on negligence. In other words, a party/entity owed you a duty of care, the duty of care was breached leading to an incident, and the breached duty of care directly contributed to the harm suffered. When the harm that a victim suffers can be directly associated with a breached duty of care, the party/entity that breached their duty of care could be liable.
So, if a driver acted negligently and caused your motorcycle accident, the injuries that you suffered, and your CRPS, the driver could be held accountable and sued.
Do You Have the Right to Sue?
As explained above, the party or entity that contributed to your motorcycle accident could also be liable for the CRPS that you eventually developed. What does this mean? If you can prove liability for your accident and for your CRPS, you can sue. You have the right to sue for the CRPS that you suffered as a result of your motorcycle accident. If you would like to learn more about your right to sue, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm at your earliest convenience.
Could You Receive Compensation?
Are you eligible to recover monetary compensation for the harm that you suffered? If your CRPS motorcycle accident claim is successful, could you be awarded compensation? How much compensation could you be awarded? What type of compensation could you recover? Depending on the details surrounding your motorcycle accident CRPS case, you might be able to recover some of the following types of compensation:
- Medical expenses – for al the expenses associated with the harm that you suffered, including long-term care, physical therapy, and prescriptions.
- Lost income – for the income that you lost as a result of your CRPS
- Pain and suffering – for the mental and emotional distress suffered because of the CRPS that you developed (e.g. depression, anxiety, fear, panic, post-traumatic stress, etc.)
- Punitive damages – awarded as punishment to the party/entity that contributed to the harm suffered (not always available)
- Legal fees – awarded to cover all costs associated with the legal process
If you would like to learn more about the type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to receive, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm. Our CRPS lawyers are ready to handle your claim and help you recover the compensation that you are owed. Our lawyers will not rest until you recover the highest amount of compensation available for your claim.
What Should You Do?
What should you do if you suffered CRPS after a motorcycle accident? Because CRPS claims are among the most difficult claims to prove, there are a number of things that affected parties must do to better their chances of reaching a successful claim outcome. Consider the following recommendations.
Seek medical attention. Although your original injuries might have already healed, you might continue to experience chronic pain. Even after seeking medical attention, you might not have a clear diagnosis. It is important that you seek multiple expert opinions until you are correctly diagnosed. It is also important that you follow the guidelines given to you by doctors.
Gather all medical records. You must gather all records, starting from the records relevant to your original motorcycle injuries. You must also gather all records associated with your CRPS diagnosis. If you sought mental and emotional health care because of your diagnosis, you should also gather those records.
Gather records of lost wages. If your CRPS has prevented you from continuing to work and earn income, you must have gather information relevant to the total income that you have lost and will likely continue to lose because of your condition.
Seek legal assistance immediately. You must find legal representation as soon as possible; your attorney must be experienced in CRPS claims to be able to handle your claim efficiently.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
If you are interested in filing a CRPS claim after suffering a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm at your earliest convenience. Our lawyers are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need to hold liable parties/entities accountable for the CRPS that you suffered after a motorcycle accident.
At Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are committed to providing you with the guidance that you need to successfully pursue your CRPS claim against the party or entity liable for your motorcycle accident. Our firm offers free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns. Our CRPS attorneys are ready to aggressively fight for your rights and lead you towards a positive claim outcome. If you are ready to discuss your claim with our experts, do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience.
Our firm offers a Zero-Fee guarantee that ensures that our clients will never have to pay upfront legal fees. Our firm is also based on contingency; therefore, our claimants will not be required to pay anything until reaching a positive claim outcome. To start or continue your CRPS after motorcycle accident claim with the assistance of our experts, do not hesitate to contact our experts today.