- Increased sensitivity to pain (allodynia)
- Disturbed sleep
- Extreme tiredness/fatigue
- Impaired cognitive function (sometimes called Fibro Fog, which can cause problems with memory and concentration)
Fibromyalgia, sometimes referred to as FMS (Fibromyalgia Syndrome), is a painful and often life-changing condition that can cause widespread pain all over the body, along with increased sensitivity to pain, or tenderness when touched.
More research needs to be done on fibromyalgia, as the exact cause of the condition is still unknown. However, it can be triggered by factors such as injuries, infections or stress, and our Serious Injury lawyers have helped many people who are suffering with the condition following road traffic accidents, accidents at work and even slips or trips in a public place.
If you believe you developed fibromyalgia after an accident that wasn’t your fault, our Serious Injury solicitors are here to help you claim compensation. Simply get in touch for a free consultation and we can let you know if you could make a claim.
What is Fibromyalgia?
The word ‘fibromyalgia’ literally means pain (algia) coming from muscles and fibrous tissues, such as tendons and ligaments. It’s thought to be caused by changes in the way the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and nerves) processes pain messages carried around the body. This is why fibromyalgia can be caused by serious injuries, particularly those involving the neck and back.
There is still a lot we need to learn about fibromyalgia, as there is currently no cure, and it can be difficult to diagnose as there is no specific test for the condition.
Surprisingly it’s estimated that 1 in 20 people suffer with fibromyalgia, and it’s more common in women than it is in men.
Fibromyalgia can involve a range of many different symptoms, including:
- Very painful periods in women
- Muscle stiffness
- Restless legs
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Psychological symptoms including depression and anxiety
Could I Claim Compensation for Fibromyalgia?
Yes, we could help you claim compensation for fibromyalgia if it was caused by an accident that could have been avoided. For example, we can help you make a claim against another driver in a road traffic accident, or your employer if they did not take the correct safety measures to prevent you from getting into an accident at work.
We must be able to prove that someone else was at least partly responsible for the injury that led to your fibromyalgia (or caused it to get worse). If you’re unsure, simply get in touch with our expert team today for a no-obligation Free Case Assessment and we’ll let you know if you could make a claim.
We’ve also represented people who suffered from fibromyalgia before they had an accident, but the accident led to a severe flare-up of their pain and a worsening of their condition. Our experts will gather as much evidence as possible to be able to prove that someone else was responsible for the accident that caused your fibromyalgia symptoms.
There are many different causes of fibromyalgia and often reaching a diagnosis is difficult because it is such a complex condition, but we can arrange for you to be seen by an independent medical expert. This will mean that you can get a specialist view on the cause of your symptoms, so we can see how you’re coping now and arrange any urgent rehabilitation or future support you may need.
How Could Compensation Help Me With My Fibromyalgia?
While claiming compensation cannot reverse what has happened to you, it can help you cope better with your symptoms and can also help you ease financial stress that has resulted from your condition. For example, you may have had to take time off work because of your symptoms, or if your fibromyalgia is severe, you might not be able to return to your previous career. You could secure ‘special damages’ which will take your exact situation into account so you know you can be financially secure while you focus on your recovery.
Compensation can also help you pay for support you may need now and, in the future, including adaptations to your house to help with your mobility and specialist counselling to help with the impact fibromyalgia may have had on your mental health.
By claiming compensation for your fibromyalgia, you could access private treatment over and above what the NHS can provide. While there isn’t a single cure for fibromyalgia, people often benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment that we could help you access. This could involve a combination of:
- Different pain medications;
- Psychological therapy including cognitive behavioural therapy;
- Trigger point injections;
We know that everybody copes with their symptoms differently so there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to compensation and recovery, but we have some of the UK’s leading Personal Injury lawyers who can signpost you to the best support.
If you’re suffering with fibromyalgia alongside other conditions, you can trust in us to secure the exact compensation you need, as we have a track record helping people claim millions of pounds for multiple injuries.
How to Make a Fibromyalgia Claim for Compensation
If you’ve sadly been involved in a serious accident that was not your fault, which caused you to either develop fibromyalgia or made your existing symptoms worse, it’s important to get one of our expert solicitors on your side.
To see how we could help you make a claim for compensation for fibromyalgia, get in touch with our team today for a no obligation Free Case Assessment - we could deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
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