I get calls like this all of the time. “Who’s the best RSD lawyer in Chicago?’ Or Peoria, Rockford, Urbana or any other city in Illinois.
The answer is always the same. It depends.
The best RSD (or CRPS) attorney in Chicago for a work injury wouldn’t be the same as the best one for CRPS from a car accident.
Even for just a work injury, there are other factors in play to. Who do you work for? When were you hurt? Is it expected that your case will go to trial? Is your case denied or accepted? Are you having issues with a nurse case manager? The list goes on an on.
It’s lazy to only focus on the RSD aspect. Of course that matters and it’s important that you hire someone who not only understands the medicine, but has won cases involving this unique injury as well as taken the depositions of doctors on that type of case.
But if that’s the only qualification you are looking for, you are selling yourself short.
In general though, nobody is the best. Instead we think about who is best for you. That can be more than one firm and that’s ok. It’s just important that you get with a great firm who will fight for you.
Injuries like RSD often get denied by the insurance company because there are many hack IME doctors who will state that the problem either doesn’t exist or isn’t work related. I’m sure they wouldn’t trade places with you.
Because these cases are often rejected, the only way to get benefits is by going to trial. So if your lawyer has no experience doing that or is reluctant to do so, you’ll get screwed.
So experience with the injury matters and we take that in to consideration before we refer someone in our network to you. But it’s not the only thing that matters.