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Chronic pain and your claim to workers' compensation benefits

You know that a work injury can sideline you from work for an extended amount of time. For some injured Minnesota workers, recovery from a work injury is complex, and pain and complications affect their ability to work long into the future. You may find yourself in this situation as well, dealing with chronic pain and other related issues. 

In some cases, a one-time injury, even something as simple as a bruise, can be the source of a diagnosed condition known as complex regional pain syndrome. This medical condition, sometimes called chronic pain syndrome, can be debilitating and impact a person's ability to work. Your case of CRPS could be the result of your work accident and injury.

What are the symptoms of CRPS?

Complex regional pain syndrome can originate from even a minor injury. It typically affects one limb or section of the body, and it likely happens due to a malfunctioning or damage of the nervous system. Nerve pain is complicated, difficult to treat and can severely limit a person's quality of life. If you believe that you may have CRPS after a work injury, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Changes in texture and color of the skin
  • Sweating in the affected area
  • Difficulty with coordination and movement
  • Changes in the growth of skin or nails
  • Tremors in the affected limb or jerking of the limb

People who suffer from CRPS could experience sensitivity to the touch in the affected area and other complications. It is not immediately clear why some people develop this condition after an injury and others do not, but it is most common in people younger than 40 years old. Interestingly, women are more prone to this illness, and it is extremely rare in the elderly.

The impact of CRPS on your job

You know that workers' compensation benefits are available to workers who suffer from injuries from workplace accidents or occupational illnesses. However, benefits may also be available to individuals who have more complex and long-term struggles related to a workplace injury. If your injury has led to complicated nerve damage and effects related to CRPS, you have options.

You may not be sure of what to do next, but you always have the right and option to seek a complete explanation of your rights from a professional with experience navigating the workers' compensation claims process. You have the right to recovery, no matter what type of effect your work injury has had on your life.

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