The hallmark symptom of RSD or CRPS is unrelenting, often burning, pain. This character of pain, called “neuropathic” pain, is caused by irritation of the nerves in the affected area. Frequently, there are also changes in the skin or fingernails of the area as well (known as “trophic” changes). Sadly, there is no cure for RSD or CRPS, and doctors simply try to manage the symptoms of the patient as best they can.
An incurable, debilitating, condition like RSD/CRPS raises many issues in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation. Unfortunately, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act was designed for injuries which will eventually heal. The system is not properly prepared to deal with a lifelong debilitating condition like RSD/CRPS, which makes the selection of lawyers experienced in PA workers’ compensation particularly important.