Causing widespread pain, insomnia, extreme sensitivity and other symptoms, a diagnosis of fibromyalgia can have a debilitating effect on your quality of life. If the condition was triggered or was made worse as a result of an injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to claim compensation. We take you through the process of making a fibromyalgia compensation claim and help you to know what to expect.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes widespread pain across the body. Symptoms vary from person to person, and the condition can have a lifelong impact. Many people suffer from extreme tiredness and sensitivity, muscle stiffness and problems with mental processes. Symptoms can be so severe that they prevent individuals from being able to carry out simple day-to-day tasks and activities. There is currently no cure for this condition, but medications, therapies and other techniques are used to manage the pain.
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but it is now widely recognised that it can be triggered by physical and emotional trauma. A minor injury, such as a trip, fall or accident can cause the development of fibromyalgia, or result in the worsening of existing fibromyalgia. If you suffer from the condition, or it was exacerbated due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to make a compensation claim.
Beginning a fibromyalgia claim:
Fibromyalgia claims are some of the most challenging of all claims because of the complex nature of the condition. To make a successful compensation claim, you must be able to prove that your fibromyalgia was either caused or made worse by someone else’s negligence. By seeking early expert medical and legal advice, you improve your chances of securing compensation and access to the correct medical treatments.
To begin the process of making a claim, contact a specialist fibromyalgia and chronic pain law firm who have extensive legal knowledge in this area. It is essential that you instruct a solicitor with the appropriate expertise to prevent your claim from being under settled. They will also refer you to the correct medical experts, who will provide a specialist assessment to determine the cause of your fibromyalgia.
Determining if you have a claim
At Brian Barr Solicitors, we will listen to your account of what occurred, and we will determine whether you have grounds for a claim. If we believe you have a valid claim, we will offer you a no-win, no-fee agreement in which you pay no upfront fees and will not be charged if the claim is unsuccessful.
Once we take on your case, we will gather evidence from medical reports, GP records, obtain a prognosis from an expert and witness evidence to ensure we can build the strongest possible case. The compensation you receive will cover any financial losses, and we will obtain funds to enable you to live as comfortably as possible in the future.
How much compensation can you receive?
The value of fibromyalgia compensation claims are usually quite substantial due to the debilitating and life-changing nature of the condition. The fatigue, sleep disturbance, widespread pain, depression and cognitive impairment caused by fibromyalgia can have a great impact on sufferers’ lives. Individuals often require a high level of care and assistance which contributes to the high amount of compensation that is often rewarded.
General and special damages
A successful fibromyalgia claim will consist of general damages and special damages. General damages will make up the largest part of the compensation you receive and compensates you for the pain and suffering you experience as a result of the injury and the effect that fibromyalgia has on your quality and enjoyment of life.
Claims for fibromyalgia will also provide compensation for any financial losses you have experienced as a result of the condition. This is known as special damages. You can claim for any financial losses and out of pocket expenses that you incurred as a result of your fibromyalgia to cover the cost of prescriptions, travel expenses and specialist treatments.
You can also claim for loss of earnings. While some individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia can continue to work, for many, the condition is debilitating, often forcing them to either quit their job or reduce their working hours. Individuals with fibromyalgia also often require time off work to attend medical appointments which can cause them a loss of earnings. Therefore, many individuals qualify for a loss of earnings claim.
If you are suffering from fibromyalgia as a result of an injury or accident that wasn’t your fault, contact us to see if you’re eligible to claim compensation. Call us today on 0161 737 9248 or visit our website to find out more: https://brianbarr.co.uk/
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