Damages victory for woman left with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

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Damages victory for woman left with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

12th March 2010

A woman who was left with a rare and painful condition following an 'innocuous' accident at work has received £150,000 in an out of court settlement.

Bob Miller, a personal injury specialist with Fentons Solicitors, said that although the victim's initial injury appeared relatively minor, she went on to develop Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), a condition which leaves the sufferer in continuous, intense pain.

"The young woman was working as a cleaner in a supermarket when one of the store workers accidentally banged into her with a trolley laden with stock," said Bob. "She was struck in the back of the leg and initially thought nothing of it. But a couple of days later, she began to feel an inordinate amount of pain in her leg."

Bob explained that CRPS - sometimes knows as Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - is a condition whereby the pain experienced by the sufferer seems out of proportion to the severity of the injury, and gets worse rather than better over time.

"As well as leaving the victim with an intense burning pain, the condition leads to dramatic changes in the colour and temperature of the skin over the affected body part," he said. "Our client in this case noticed her leg started to become unduly cold, and the area in which she'd been hit became severely discoloured, turning a mottled red and purple colour."

Doctors are still unsure what causes CRPS. In some cases it is believed the nervous system plays an important role in sustaining the pain, while another theory is that CRPS is caused by a triggering of the immune response, which leads to the symptoms of skin discoloration, altered temperature, and swelling in the affected area.

"My client was subjected to a battery of medical tests to ascertain the cause of the pain," said Bob. "She even underwent a series of injections to 'reprogramme' and even kill the nerves in her leg in an effort to relieve the agony. Although she made a full recovery from the procedure, the intense pain remained," he said.

Following lengthy negotiations, Bob successfully secured £150,000 in compensation for the client.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of accidents in the workplace.

If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 0191 297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.