Success With Disability Claims for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy


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:

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is a chronic health condition that causes severe pain in one or more limbs or extremities, including the feet, hands, legs, or arms.
Many times, the symptoms are more severe than the original injury. The pain, swelling and stiffness can make walking or using the hands impossible.
Patients with RSD may be unable to do their job, especially if it involves repetitive movements or physical activity. This can lead to uncertainty regarding the future.

Success with Long-Term Disability Claims Involving Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Bartolic Law has helped many clients get long-term disability insurance benefits paid while disabled due to Reflect Sympathetic Dystrophy. One client spent most of the client’s career performing heavy work in construction. Due to an injury, the client had to transition to a new career in related account management and service, which did not require the same physical exertion. Over time, the back injury led to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), and causing disability from the new role, too. It began with burning pain, stiffness, swelling, and reduced movement in the client’s neck and arms. We treated the insurance denial like preparing for a trial. We obtained expert opinions from the client’s doctors, referencing the medical treatment history.

We also obtained objective testing of the client’s functional capacity and a videotaped interview that functioned as a direct examination at trial. We even got recorded statements from a family member, like a fact witness at trial, explaining the family member’s observations of the client’s limitations after the progression of the RSD compared to before. Our approach resulted in recovery for the client. While no approach can ever guarantee an outcome, if you leave effort on the table, you will always wonder what could have been if you applied it. Work with Bartolic Law, and we will give it everything we’ve got.

RSD is a term that refers to one type of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Victims of RSD might feel an ongoing burning sensation, extreme touch sensitivity, swelling, and more. RSD can impact your skin, bones, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. RSD generally follows an injury, though the pain from RSD can be much more severe than the initial injury itself and can last long after the injury heals. Some symptoms of RSD include burning pain, stiffness or swelling, limited movement, touch sensitivity, and changes in the texture or temperature of the skin.

Diagnosing and treating RSD can be difficult, and there is no cure for the condition. Sufferers often experience extreme motor disability, and they might require intensive physical therapy, medications, or even surgery to reduce and manage symptoms. The effects of RSD are often debilitating, and many people with this condition or other forms of CRPS are unable to work or engage in their usual activities.


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

Discuss Your Options with a Chicago Disability Claims Attorney

Many people diagnosed with RSD cannot continue at their jobs for some time until their symptoms are under control – if that ever happens. Bartolic Law helps clients in this situation file claims to seek the disability insurance benefits they deserve. Fill out the questionnaire below for a case evaluation if you cannot work due to RSD or related conditions.

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