Rare Disease Report – Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition in which the pain felt is disproportionate to the injury. It often involves one of the limbs (arms, legs, hands, or feet), and typically occurs after an injury or trauma to that specific limb.
CRPS is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems, and is characterized by prolonged or excessive pain and mild or dramatic changes in skin color, temperature, and/or swelling in the affected area. CRPS can be difficult to diagnose with patients easily being labeled as “faking it,” so when the disease is involved in a lawsuit, the testimonials and cross-examinations are likely to be contentious.
CRPS was recently at the center of lawsuit and, surprisingly to some, Guy Leach, the patient walked away the winner of the case. He is to be rewarded $12 million.
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