Not so many years ago, the compensation system in England and Wales didn’t really recognise CRPS as being an injury in its own right. There was even some scepticism about whether it really existed as a physical, or organic, condition. Many professionals – both legal and medical – thought that it was a psychological illness. In other words, that it was largely in the mind of the sufferer!
Fortunately, we have come quite a long way since then. There is little doubt in the minds of the true experts that CRPS, and many of its similar conditions, is very definitely a physical condition although, unsurprisingly, it can also have psychological consequences brought on by the misery it can cause.
One notable and significant sign of change can be seen in the legal textbooks which provide guidance to judges and legal practitioners when assessing certain elements of compensation for CRPS. One of the leading texts on the subject – the Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases – now has a whole chapter dedicated to compensation claims involving “Chronic Pain”, including CRPS. How times have changed.