Handling your CRPS claim with sensitivity
CRPS compensation claims are often complex, and not many lawyers understand the condition – or have even heard of it. We have a team of CPRS specialists, who understand what you’re going through and will treat your situation with sensitivity and empathy.
We will be able to put you in touch with the very best medical experts, as well as with other CRPS sufferers who can offer support and understanding. CRPS is often a life-long condition, and we will work with you and your medical team to help you secure the help and rehabilitation to improve your quality of life in the longer term.
How we can help
Royds Withy King are committed to raising awareness of CRPS and can give specialist legal advice on CRPS cases as we understand the condition.
Over the years, Royds Withy King have helped many accident victims nationally who have suffered from CRPS. We have specialist solicitors who act on behalf of people suffering from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) across England and Wales, where CRPS has been caused due to an injury sustained in an accident which was not their fault.
Early treatment usually increases your chances of improvement, so when dealing with CRPS claims we do a few things to help you get what you need:
- we work with the leading experts in the field to get you the specialist medical help you need
- we frequently obtain early interim payments to fund the cost of additional rehabilitation and pain management recommended by medical experts, including physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, inpatient stays, sympathetic nerve blocks and spinal cord stimulation
- we also frequently arrange for our clients to have psychiatric treatment as it can be very difficult to accept how life-changing CRPS can be.
In every case our specialist team applies their expert knowledge and understanding to help people suffering with CRPS turn their life around.
Why you need a specialist CRPS solicitor
Due to the imprecise nature of this illness, this area of personal injury litigation is extremely complex and requires expert understanding and analysis of the medical evidence.
Insurance companies are often suspicious about cases where a medical expert cannot fully explain why a patient is suffering from the symptoms or conclusively attribute them to the accident. In the absence of a perceived “orthodox” explanation, insurers may refuse to accept that symptoms have been caused by the accident at all. It is, therefore, crucial to instruct experts and solicitors who fully understand CRPS.
We work closely with the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases which is a national treatment centre dedicated to the treatment of CRPS. Many of our clients have benefitted from an inpatient stay at this leading hospital which has been funded by defendant insurers.
You may already have solicitors dealing with your personal injury claim, but not your CRPS. Our expert team can help with both, find out more about changing solicitors here.
How can you determine whether there’s a claim for CRPS?
Contact one of our specialist Solicitors to discuss your circumstances.
We offer to deal with personal injury claims on a No Win No Fee basis and are happy to offer initial advice at no cost to the CRPS sufferer. In the first instance, we will establish the facts of your case:
- How did the accident happen?
- Was the accident a result of breach of duty or negligence?
- Details of your injury and the effect it has had on your life.
- Details of your financial losses.
- You will need to keep a record of your symptoms and expenses and losses as they arise and keep documentary evidence (receipts/invoices etc.).
Once we have all of the facts surrounding the accident, your injuries and your current position, we will provide clear and concise advice in respect of whether you are entitled to bring a personal injury claim.
Find out more about the process of making a claim for CRPS here.
How much compensation might you receive for CRPS?
There are a number of factors that impact upon the value of your claim for CRPS, including the impact on your life, loss of earnings, your age and more.
Find out more in our guide to making a CRPS claim here.
How long do you have to bring a claim for CRPS?
A claim must usually be submitted to court within three years of the date of the accident.
There are exceptions:
- Date of knowledge;
- Where a claim involves a child, court proceedings must be started three years from their 18th Birthday.
The court has overriding discretion to allow court proceedings to start after the primary limitation period has passed.
If you think you have a claim, it is best not to delay. Enquiries need to be made and proceedings issued in Court within three years of the date of the accident.
Can you change your current solicitor?
Yes. You have the freedom to choose who handles your claim.
Insurance companies are very quick to sell information about clients who have been involved in an accident. Their details are sold to Claims Management Companies who do not have specialist CRPS knowledge and expertise.
Royds Withy King have taken over the conduct of many cases where medical evidence has not been analysed appropriately. We ensure that specialist medical evidence is obtained from CRPS experts. If this specialist medical evidence is not obtained, clients could be forced to settle their claim for a lesser sum. We understand the complexity of CRPS cases and effectively recover compensation that accurately reflects the suffering of CRPS.
“What the team is known for: Somerset-based practice that comes recommended for its focus on spinal cord and brain injuries. Also offers niche expertise in areas such as fatal accidents and animal cases. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are all very approachable and friendly, and I think that’s the culture that exists throughout the firm. They are a close-knit team.” “They have that mentality of looking after the client first as opposed to their own interests. They always do what’s best for the client.” Notable practitioners: Stuart Brazington (Band 1) offers particular expertise in serious spinal cord and brain injury cases. According to one interviewee, he “knows his cases extremely well” and “has good judgement about which points are likely to be important.” Mark Hambleton (Associate to watch) covers a broad range of personal injury matters, including animal cases, sports injuries and motorcycle accidents. Sources describe him as “always very impressive” and note that he’s “very good with clients.”” Chambers 2017 Somerset
“What the team is known for: Outstanding personal injury practice adept at handling an impressive breadth of claims, including equine matters, industrial disease cases and cycling accidents. Notable expertise in chronic pain and fatal accident cases, as well as offering significant experience in catastrophic injury claims. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They were all empathetic but businesslike, and this formed absolutely the right mixture. Their advice was delivered to me in exactly the right way.” “They were brilliant and supportive.” Work highlights Acted for a professional jockey in a claim arising from a racing accident in Australia that resulted in complete paraplegia. The case was partially tried at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Advised the widow of a man killed by a bullock, bringing precedent-setting liability claims under the Animals Act. Notable practitioners: Ian Carrier (Band 1) offers extensive expertise in catastrophic injuries, with a particular focus on spinal and brain claims. Impressed clients describe him as “very experienced and knowledgeable,” and note that he “has a genuine interest in you as a person.” He is also praised for his creative approach to complex cases. Tracy Norris-Evans (Band 1) draws on a wealth of experience in severe injury claims, including paediatric cases and those involving complex neurological issues. She frequently acts as a trustee in high-value settlements. According to one impressed source, Helen Childs (Band 2) was “absolutely superb from the outset” and had “phenomenal attention to detail.” She is held in high regard for her focus on major asbestos-related claims.” Chambers 2017 Oxford and Surrounds
“Royds Withy King sits on the panels for the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum and Headway. Department head Louise Hart handles amputation, orthopaedic injuries, chronic pain, PTSD and facial injury matters. Stuart Brazington is also recommended.” Legal 500 2016 South West
“Royds Withy King, Tracy Norris-Evans is renowned for brain injury and paediatric work, and ‘shrewd lawyer and tactician’ Richard Brooks specialises in claims involving animals. Also recommended are Ian Carrier, who is adept in spinal injury claims; and Helen Childs, who leads the industrial diseases practice.” Legal 500 2016 South East