We discuss why work absences are so prevalent among fibromyalgia patients and expand on the opportunities for patients to claim back their earnings.
Fibromyalgia impacts a person’s overall wellbeing. It hinders their ability to perform everyday tasks, by making the simplest of jobs, like cooking, brushing their hair or taking out the trash, seem impossible. Many people with fibromyalgia choose to work, as it helps them feel productive in society, gain a sense of achievement and keeps their mind occupied. Nevertheless, the severity and unpredictability of fibromyalgia’s symptoms can force even the most dedicated workers to take time off work. Consistently missing work days is reflective on a sufferer’s paystub and makes maintaining employment difficult. In this article, we further explain why work absences are so prevalent among fibromyalgia patients and discuss opportunities for patients to claim back their earnings.
The path to reaching a fibromyalgia diagnosis and then treating it is long and difficult. At present there is no cure for the condition but there are a number of gadgets, tricks and tactics to self-manage symptoms. Alternative counselling, such as CBT and music therapy, is also recommended in combination with lifestyle alterations to develop sleep rituals and incorporate low impact exercise and dietary changes. These recommendations may keep fibromyalgia symptoms at bay and improve a sufferer’s quality of life, however, the toll the illness can take, physically and emotionally, often prevents patients from performing to their fullest potential. This impact tends to trickle into various aspects of a sufferer’s life and may result into new issues with financial consequences. For instance, a person’s fibromyalgia may be so severe it interferes with their ability to care for dependents, meaning they could need to hire a pet sitter, nanny, elderly care attendant or seek out an assistance program.
Equally, attending numerous appointments makes holding a paid professional position difficult for a fibromyalgia sufferer. As outlined in our most recent blog post, the economic burden of fibromyalgia, fibromyalgia patients attend 1-2 medical appointments per month costing the health care system, about £2,991 annually, the equivalent to fivefold more than the study’s comparison group. This financial burden is also felt by patients themselves, as they’re required to take time away from work. Coincidently, the amount each patient costs their health care institution is roughly in line with how much they’re out from a loss in wages, according to the Health Rising poll, “How Much In Lost Wages Did Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Cost You This Past Year?“.
The majority of fibromyalgia cases develop as a result of an unforeseen accident or trauma. Symptoms can occur suddenly and spontaneously, from a road or work incident, and leave victims unequipped to handle the journey ahead. At Brian Barr, we’re here to assist claimants throughout England and Wales with personal injury and insurance cases, in particular, people facing chronic pain conditions. Brian Barr, a solicitor at Brian Barr Solicitors, was featured in the June edition of The Fibromyalgia Magazine and provides these comments informing, Phyllis, a 40 year old Medical Secretary of her right to claim financial redress following accident:
“The starting point will be damages for your pain and suffering. There are judicial guidelines that give a bracket of £31,000.00 – £46,300.00 for the majority of Fibromyalgia cases where there are serious persistent symptoms. That figure can be dwarfed, however, by financial claims. You have not worked since the accident and we will be able to calculate your past loss of earnings and you’re likely loss of earnings in the future.”
– Click here to read Brian Barr’s full response to Phyllis in his “Ask Brian” report.
– Find out how Brian Bar has helped people, facing similar situations to Phyllis, receive compensation, by reading our case studies here.
– Are you facing financial stress as a fibromyalgia sufferer? Get in touch to find out if you’re eligible to compensation. There’s nothing to lose with our range of funding options available.
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