A work-related injury can be excruciating. For some people, the pain does not go away as it should. It actually gets worse, becomes constant and could lead to serious disability.

We are talking about complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS. It’s a rare but debilitating condition that can develop after a bodily injury, usually to an arm or leg. Symptoms can include:

  • Burning or throbbing pain that never goes away
  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity to touch or cold
  • Skin temperature that fluctuates between hot and cold
  • Changes in skin color, often a white and blotchy, red or blue appearance
  • Muscle spasms, tremors
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Joint stiffness or swelling

These symptoms can last for months or even years, though it often heals in a shorter time frame. If untreated, complications like tissue wasting and muscle tightening can develop, potentially causing life-altering disability in the patient. Fortunately, medication and therapy can treat the symptoms and improve the underlying condition.

CRPS and workers’ compensation

If you developed CRPS after a work injury, you might be wondering if you can seek workers’ compensation in Florida for this awful condition. The answer is yes. Even though CRPS is indirectly related to your injury, it is still a consequence of the incident that harmed you. You could qualify for workers’ comp benefits while you recover.

However, getting diagnosed with CRPS does not mean you will automatically get approved for benefits. If your employer rejects your claim, you have the right to appeal. A successful appeal can help relieve the financial burden of being too hurt to work.