If you have RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy), which also is called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, we may be able to recover money for you. We are personal injury lawyers, licensed in Michigan and Ohio, working with other experienced lawyers throughout the country, with the specific aim of helping injury victims who have RSD and need an RSD lawyer-a lawyer who has experience with RSD syndrome and understands how serious RSD can be on every aspect of a client’s life.
What are the key legal issues?
- Was the RSD caused by an injury, like a car accident, that can give rise to a lawsuit?
- Was the RSD caused by an unnecessary surgery?
- Was an injection given in the wrong place or did an IV infiltration go unnoticed for too long?
Resolution of these key questions about RSD may require the careful review of medical records by one or more qualified specialists. Because RSD syndrome is such a complex disease, there are numerous different types of experts who can provide assistance. As RSD lawyers, there are many types of RSD experts we use. In fact, we keep a database of RSD experts nationwide.
*Note: RSD resulting from surgery is a recognized complication of surgery and not necessarily a sign of surgical malpractice. We hear from many people who have a bad surgical result with RSD as an outcome after carpal tunnel surgery, knee surgery, back surgery, surgery for a fracture, etc. The bad result from surgery is generally not an indication of malpractice by the surgeon. We will not review cases if the only reason for believing malpractice occurred is the RSD resulting after surgery.
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Is it important to have an attorney who understands RSD?
Yes. At Goren, Goren & Harris, we feel strongly that especially with RSD, a client needs an RSD lawyer who understands just how serious, permanent and expensive RSD syndrome is.
Many lawyers, in our experience, are too likely to treat an RSD client like they treat an auto whiplash client – there is very little objective injury, and the client is complaining of pain. Some of our clients have come to us after becoming dissatisfied with their lawyers’ attempts to pressure them into settling for a small amount of money. What many lawyers do not realize is that RSD is much worse than a broken arm or leg. The majority of our RSD clients end up on permanent and total disability. The lifetime medical bills alone can be enormous. Most of our clients are financially devastated by the syndrome. RSD syndrome can also be socially debilitating. Many of our clients find it hard to maintain a marriage, act as parents and to keep their friends while contending with severe chronic pain that many others have trouble understanding.
At Goren, Goren & Harris, we have tried to help RSD disease sufferers who do not want to take the risk of going to an Ohio or Michigan RSD attorney who does not understand how serious RSD is. Because we have had experience helping dozens of RSD sufferers nationwide, we understand the issues related to chronic pain in an individual’s life. We are also familiar with the best ways to discuss that pain with insurance adjusters, defense lawyers and juries. Finally, the experience of our RSD lawyers experience helps in finding experts who are willing and able to give powerful testimony.
If after interviewing a client we decide we are able to help, then we can work on a co-counsel basis with skilled trial lawyers across the country. We seek compassionate individuals, who either have knowledge of RSD or are willing to be educated. We work on a contingency fee basis, with clients paying a percentage of the amount of money recovered.
Frequently asked questions about RSD cases
How much is my RSD case worth?
Valuing an RSD case is difficult and depends on many factors, including the severity of the RSD, the law in the state where the injury occurred (some states have caps on the amount of damages that can be awarded in malpractice and other kinds of injury cases), and how significant the economic damages are. Also, it is important to evaluate how likely it is that our client will win the case, and what the client’s doctor will say when asked if the injury is permanent, painful and disabling. Also, a case is never worth more than the Defendant can pay. If the case is against an individual only, the value of the case may be limited by the size of the insurance policy.
How long will the RSD case take?
Each jurisdiction is different, but it is more common for an RSD case to take a few years than it is to take a few months.
How much money will it take to pursue my RSD case and who pays for those costs?
In almost all our cases, Goren, Goren & Harris agrees to advance all the necessary case costs. RSD injury cases can be very expensive and can cost tens of thousands of dollars: Experts need to be consulted in many fields. They are paid a high hourly rate to read medical records, research issues, consult with the Ohio RSD lawyer. Besides expert consultants, money is generally spent purchasing medical records, paying filing fees and buying deposition transcripts of the witnesses who are interviewed under oath during the lawsuit. As RSD lawyers, we understand that most individuals with RSD syndrome do not have the monetary resources to invest in a lawsuit, which is why we almost always take care of the costs.
Then how do the RSD lawyers get paid?
Our team of RSD lawyers work on a contingent-fee basis, taking a percentage of the amount recovered to pay our fee. Remember: we never get paid unless you get paid. Success has kept us in business for over 40 years.
What are the symptoms of RSD, and how is it diagnosed?
Not all patients have all the signs or symptoms of RSD. The first indication of RSD is pain that is more severe than would be expected from the injury that caused it. Patients generally describe a severe burning pain in a region, change in the temperature of one hand or foot and sensitivity to even a light touch. Often times there is swelling, and the skin in the area affected by the RSD can change colors. As the RSD disease progresses, there tends to be increased pain and swelling. The skin may become affected to the point that even hair will not grow on it. A patient becomes unduly sensitive to trauma in other parts of the body. Even carefully done surgeries can cause the RSD to spread. A patient with RSD must take special precautions before having any surgery.
Unfortunately, there is no simple test to confirm the diagnosis of RSD. However, it is very important that the disease be diagnosed quickly. The medical literature is abundantly clear: Early treatment leads to better results.
Some days are better than others for RSD patients. The pain ebbs and flows in intensity, but at its worst it has been compared to the pain of a ruptured disc, or of childbirth. Some of our clients have told us they would gladly amputate their affected limb if it would make the RSD pain go away. But amputation would only increase the pain from RSD.
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Goren, Goren & Harris, P.C. has years of experience dealing with personal injury and malpractice issues, and has recovered substantial amounts of money for our RSD clients.
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