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What is ‘RSD’ (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)?

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (commonly referred to as ‘RSD’) is a condition characterized by a group of symptoms such as a ‘burning-type’ of pain, tenderness and possibly inflammation of the affected area, hot and cold sensations, discoloration, and shiny skin. RSD is often diagnosed as and used almost synonymously with ‘complex regional pain syndrome,’ ‘Subdeck’s atrophy,’ and ‘causalgia,’ making it even more confusing to legal and medical practitioners alike. Although RSD is a poorly understood condition and is frequently misdiagnosed, it is a condition that causes significant pain and discomfort. Often, it can completely disable the victim. Although there are many events that can lead one to develop RSD, (such as heart disease, degenerative cervical arthritis, stroke, shingles and breast cancer, and the list goes on) we at Hach & Rose, LLP have become quite familiar with injuries related to traumatically-induced and surgically-induced RSD.

RSD is not a condition that affects a tremendous portion of the population, but it is important to mention this condition due to the high frequency with which it is misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Hiring an attorney who does not understand the symptoms and debilitating nature of RSD will make it impossible to obtain the compensation justified when a client is diagnosed or even misdiagnosed with the condition. Hach & Rose, LLP, has a track record of multimillion dollar results for victims of RSD, a small sampling of such results include an award of over $6,000,000 – the highest verdict ever obtained for a victim of RSD in Orange County, New York. Others include a $3.2M settlement for a client suffering from RSD after falling on a construction site and a $3.5M settlement for a union construction worker injured when a piece of sheetrock fell, striking the client on the head which lead to the onset of RSD. Of course it is always most important for you to obtain the treatment you require and to educate yourself as to the details of your diagnosis.

There are many places to obtain information on RSD via the internet; a few places to start are:

  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association: www.rsds.org which provides information about the disease and regular updates as to treatment options and other information about their organization dedicated solely to those afflicted with RSD.
  • To gain further knowledge of the condition, go to www.arthritis.com, and search for ‘RSD’ on that site. It will provide everything from what to expect from the disease to treatment options.
  • Further searches via the internet will help you understand the disease, its causes, treatment options, as well as support group information. Be cautious of misleading groups set up by law firms in order to obtain clients via the internet. If an attorney or someone else recommends an attorney via the internet, be careful. This is unfortunately a common practice among unscrupulous attorneys looking for possible clients. They will sometimes use a ‘go between’ that will contact you under the auspices of helping you, but their only intention is to get you to sign up with their attorney.

Our firm has become increasingly adept at and is recognized as a leader in representing clients who have been diagnosed with and are suffering from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. If you or someone you know is suffering from RSD and is in need of representation, the attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, are standing by and are prepared to pursue your case with the utmost skill, professionalism, and expertise. Although you do not need to be a member of a union in order for our firm to handle your injury claim, it should give you comfort to know that Hach & Rose, LLP, is the ‘go to’ law firm for unions and union members injured in a wide array of circumstances. We specialize in handling construction site accidents, yet our firm regularly obtains million and multimillion dollar results for motor vehicle accidents, premises cases, mesothelioma victims, train, plane and motorcycle accidents, and prescription drug injuries.

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Please feel free to call one of our attorneys today should you require the services of a Hach & Rose, LLP, attorney. The call is free; the consultation is free; and the information is free. All calls are kept confidential and we never charge a fee unless you receive compensation for your injury. Call (212)779-0057 or you can email us at info@hachroselaw.com.

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