Sometimes, what first starts as a minor injury can balloon into a devastating disease or disorder that causes lifelong debilitating symptoms. That was the case for a Fresno woman who settled her personal injury case for $2 million in March of this year, according to the Fresno Bee.
Two years ago, the Californian was shopping with her daughter when an employee ran over her foot with a 100-pound metal cart. The incident was immediately reported and she went home to nurse her wounds. Unfortunately, her pain worsened and she developed a rare and chronic neurological disorder called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) that causes disabling pain, permanent impairment and a lifelong need for medical care.
Sometimes, seemingly minor accidents can lead to serious injuries and issues with chronic pain. No matter how insignificant an injury may seem at the time it occurs, it is vitally important to pay attention to symptoms and document any worsening of condition.
For example, development of CRPS - also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) - may result from a motor vehicle accident, work-related incident or other injury. The condition, which affects only the hands, feet, legs or arms, may cause swelling, joint stiffness, skin discoloration or a severe burning sensation. If left untreated, RSD can spread and get worse.
Common lesser-noticed injuries
Slips and trips that do not include falling down, concussions and repetitive movements can cause injuries that are not readily apparent. Slipping on a wet floor at work may wrench an employee's back or cause him or her to strain an ankle, knee or wrist in an attempt to keep from falling.
The news is fraught with reports of brain injuries caused by blows to a person's body or head and even a sudden movement of a person's body such as that experienced with whiplash. Despite no physical signs of injury, a concussion sufferer may be impaired for life.
Repetitive motion injuries are one of the most common work-related injuries in the U.S. Repeating the same motion numerous times each hour or day can cause muscle or tendon strains that lead to debilitating pain and permanent injury. For example, sitting at a computer and typing all day can cause carpal tunnel syndrome as well as other wrist or hand injuries. Symptoms for these types of injuries may appear gradually and be initially ignored.
Help is available
If you or a loved one suffers from an injury sustained in the workplace or due to the negligence of another, consult an experienced personal injury lawyer. An attorney knowledgeable about lesser-noticed injuries - such as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or repetitive motion injuries - can help you and your family obtain compensation to which you may be entitled.