Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

While you may know that workers’ compensation is available for many injuries and conditions, you may not know exactly which conditions qualify. We at Adler Stilman, PLLC, understand that you likely have many questions about your complex regional pain syndrome and whether or not it qualifies for workers’ compensation in Michigan.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says that sometimes you may develop complex regional pain syndrome after being injured at work. This means that you might experience more pain throughout the entire injured limb. You may also find that your wounded body part has tremors or is difficult to move. This prolonged pain can occur if your nervous system was harmed when the injury occurred. You do not need to seriously hurt your nervous system to incur CRPS. Sometimes damage to part of your peripheral nervous system can trigger this condition. Additionally, you may be more likely to develop CRPS after an injury if the limb has been harmed in the past.

Although you may think that you need to be seriously injured to develop CRPS, this is usually not the case. You might experience chronic pain after incurring an injury to your finger. These seemingly small wounds can sometimes have wide ramifications, and you may find that your injured limb is sensitive to heat and experiences stiffness and swelling.

Until you receive a diagnosis, you may not realize you have this condition, as it is not common. Sometimes this chronic pain may keep you from working for a year or more. More information about this subject is available on our webpage.