The connection between mental health and fibromyalgia and the implications in personal injury claims

This blog was written thanks to the expertise of our team, including Alex Cohen, Philip Cohen and Steven Akerman, leading experts in compensation claims for chronic pain and serious injury.

Living with fibromyalgia is a daily struggle, with its pervasive impact extending beyond the physical realm into the terrain of mental health. At Brian Barr Solicitors, we understand the intricate relationship between fibromyalgia and mental health, recognising that addressing both aspects is paramount in personal injury claims.

Fibromyalgia is more than a collection of physical symptoms; it can significantly affect an individual’s mental well-being. Chronic pain, fatigue, and the unpredictability of symptoms often lead to heightened stress, anxiety, and, in some cases, depression. Recognising the interconnectedness of physical and mental health is essential for building a holistic approach to fibromyalgia claims.

Like many hidden disabilities, fibromyalgia claims can face scepticism due to the invisible nature of the condition. We believe that incorporating the mental health aspect provides a fuller picture of our client’s struggles, establishes credibility and emphasises the genuine challenges they endure.

Clients with pre-existing mental health conditions may find their conditions exacerbated by fibromyalgia, which in turn affects their daily functioning and quality of life on top of the fibromyalgia itself. Presenting evidence of this dual burden helps quantify the overall impairment suffered by the individual, strengthening the case for compensation. However,  we need to remember to differentiate between pre-existing and fibromyalgia-related mental health challenges to ensure fair representation.

When addressing mental health in fibromyalgia, CRPS and chronic pain claims, there are various strategies that we look at, including:

  • We work closely with medical professionals to thoroughly document both the physical and mental health aspects of fibromyalgia which includes assessments, treatment plans, and expert opinions which provide a comprehensive overview for legal proceedings.
  • We often engage mental health professionals as expert witnesses to testify on the impact of fibromyalgia on our client’s mental well-being. Their insights can provide a crucial layer of understanding for judges and juries, reinforcing the legitimacy of the client’s claims.
  • We take a collaborative approach between legal and healthcare professionals to ensure a unified strategy. By working together, legal teams can better understand the nuances of the client’s mental health challenges and tailor their approach accordingly.


Addressing the intersection of mental health and fibromyalgia in personal injury claims is not just about securing compensation; it’s about acknowledging the holistic impact of the condition on individuals’ lives. At Brian Barr Solicitors, we are committed to navigating this intricate intersection with sensitivity and expertise, advocating for our clients in a way that recognises the complexity of their journey. By bringing mental health considerations to the forefront, we strive to ensure that our clients receive the comprehensive support and justice they rightfully deserve following an accident that was not their fault.

We do not endorse any research, studies or sources mentioned within our blogs and comments. The blog is for information purposes only as we are not medical professionals. We do not endorse any medical advice provided and would strongly recommend anyone seeking medical advice to contact their local healthcare provider before any changes to treatment and / or management of your condition is undertaken.

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Steven Akerman

Steven Akerman

Personal Injury Solicitor &
Director, Brian Barr

Alex Cohen

Alex Cohen

Personal Injury Solicitor &
Director, Brian Barr

Philip Cohen

Philip Cohen

Director, Brian Barr

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