Success With Disability Claims for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome


Bartolic Law handles Long Term Disability cases at all stages, from filing a claim to lawsuits under ERISA § 502(a). We are who the most discerning clients hire when an insurer denies their claim, and the one they wish they had when another firm loses their appeal and abandons the case. We are Innovative, Authentic, Compassionate, Transparent and Chicago strong. Bartolic Law is nationally renowned for our Innovative work:

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome causes significant pain that’s sometimes disproportionate to the original injury.
Other conditions like fibromyalgia and lumbar or cervical radiculopathies, over time, can correlate with development of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
Individuals with this condition often have difficulty working or performing regular tasks, leading to unemployment.

Success with Long-Term Disability Claims Involving Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Bartolic Law has experience helping clients suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) obtain long-term disability benefits. We have helped clients at every stage of the process, including making a claim, appealing a denial, and lawsuits over benefits under ERISA § 502(a). In one case, a client suffered from CRPS and demonstrated multi-level lumbar spine arthropathy and stenosis and radicular pain in the client’s legs. The client had a sedentary occupation in a high-functioning executive capacity, and manifestations of CRPS in the form of cold skin and decreased mobility.

We successfully persuaded the insurer that the client was limited to working no more than 4 hours per day, which satisfies being disabled. In another matter, we recovered for a client suffering from intense CRPS in the client’s face. The insurer initially focused on the client’s lack of restrictions on sitting. However, we were able to demonstrate that the intensity and frequency of pain in the client’s face interfered with the client’s ability to maintain focus on tasks, precluding the client from any sustainable level of work.

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), formerly called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a debilitating condition that can result from a nerve injury or after another type of injury or illness. This condition generally impacts one or more limbs and can cause a number of symptoms, including ongoing throbbing or burning pain, swelling, sensitivity to cold or touch, changes in skin color, joint swelling, and more.

Symptoms vary from person to person, and a single victim can have changing symptoms during the course of CRPS. You might feel CRPS symptoms in one limb, or it might jump to another limb. Causes are unknown, and there can be many complications. While Complex Regional Pain Syndrome itself is an impairing medical condition, it also often represents a history of severe symptoms of other illnesses that significantly contribute to an inability to perform job duties.


If your CRPS is progressing and making it difficult to work, don’t wait to contact an attorney.

Discuss Your Options with a Chicago Long-Term Disability Lawyer

If you have been diagnosed with CRPS, it can make it difficult to work or engage in regular activities. Bartolic Law can advise you of the best course of action and help you receive the benefits you deserve. To discuss your situation, complete the questionnaire below, and one of our representatives will contact you.

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