If you suffer from fibromyalgia because of an accident that wasn’t your fault, our Serious Injury Solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation.
We’re experts in helping our clients get compensation, so they can access the best support and rehabilitation services.
We can give you information to help you find the best possible treatment, so you can learn to live with your fibromyalgia and enjoy a better quality of life.
Every client is given a single point of contact within our serious injury team, so you’ll always know who you need to talk to.
Fibromyalgia is a life-changing condition that can make everyday life more difficult. So we want to make it easier for you to live with the condition and get the treatment you need.
More Information on Fibromyalgia
There are many fibromyalgia symptoms including:
Pain and Muscle Stiffness
Pain and stiffness is often more painful in the morning and in muscle groups that are used more regularly.
The pain can be described as:
For some fibromyalgia sufferers, fatigue can be mild, but for others it can be significant enough to make everyday life difficult. Some fibromyalgia sufferers have said it feels like their limbs weigh heavily, making it difficult to move. It may also affect their ability to concentrate.
The very nature of chronic pain means it can be hard to sleep, as they don’t sleep deeply enough to get a quality rest. So even if they believe they’ve had plenty of sleep, they can still wake up tired.
Because the pain felt with fibromyalgia is felt all over the body, sufferers sometimes find the slightest touch extremely painful. What would be fleetingly painful for others may continue to hurt for much longer for someone with fibromyalgia.
The two types of sensitivity often diagnosed are:
- Hyperalgesia - being extremely sensitive to pain
- Allodynia - feeling pain from something that ordinarily is not painful, like a very light touch.
It’s also possible to feel sensitivity towards smoke, certain foods and bright lights.
This is a common symptom among people with chronic conditions.
You may find you suffer from:
- Constantly feeling low
- Feeling hopeless and helpless
- Losing interest in the things you usually enjoy
Other Potential Symptoms
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Trouble remembering and issues with attention
- Restless leg syndrome
What are the Triggers of Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia symptoms are usually triggered by an event that can either cause stress to the body physically, or is emotionally stressful. Possible triggers for fibromyalgia are:
- An injury
- A viral infection
- An operation
- The breakdown of a relationship
- Abusive relationships
- The death of a loved one
It’s also possible to develop fibromyalgia without any kind of trigger.
We should stress that even if you previously had fibromyalgia before your accident, you may still be able to claim for compensation if it exacerbated the condition and increased your suffering.
Our expert Solicitors will advise you on this and other issues openly and honestly, so you know whether you can make a claim.
Rehab and Other Support
While there’s no cure for fibromyalgia, steps can be taken to improve your quality of life.
After you’ve discussed treatment and care with your GP, we can help put together an injury care plan. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to treating fibromyalgia, so this plan will reflect your specific needs and circumstances.
It may also include treatments from a number of different healthcare professionals, including:
- Rheumatologists – specialists in muscle and joint conditions
- Neurologists – specialists in conditions that affect the central nervous system
- Psychologists – specialists in mental health
You may also be advised to take several types of medication to manage your condition, including painkillers, anti-depressants and remedies to help you sleep.
The injury care plan may also include alternative treatments such as:
- Hydrotherapy – swimming, sitting or exercising in a heated pool
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Psychotherapy – a therapy that involves talking though thoughts and feelings in order to understand their pattern more deeply
Some of these treatments are used to de-stress survivors of fibromyalgia.
We should point out that while these therapies aren’t a cure, they can reduce the exacerbating factors that increase the symptoms felt.
How Much Compensation Could I Receive?
Any compensation settlement will reflect your unique circumstances, such as:
- Your age
- How your symptoms have affected your life
- Your ability to work
- The severity of the pain you’ve experienced
- Whether you need additional care and assistance
- The psychological impact of your condition
- Your future medical prognosis
Generic guidelines from the Judicial College can give you a good idea of what your claim may be worth. The guidelines state that a person with moderate fibromyalgia could claim between £26,000 and £49,000 in compensation, while a person with severe symptoms can receive up to £78,000.
Be aware though that this is not a guarantee of how much compensation you will be able to claim. They are just rough guidelines and our Serious Injury Solicitors will calculate the value of your claim by looking at your individual situation.
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