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Do you suffer from fibromyalgia? Has your condition been worsened by medical negligence, for example did you experience a fibromyalgia misdiagnosis which led to your symptoms fibromyalgia worsening as they went untreated and becoming more difficult to manage? Maybe you were involved in a traumatic accident that wasn’t your fault which triggered your fibromyalgia, such as fibromyalgia caused by a car accident. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, or your fibromyalgia has worsened because of negligence on the part of a third party, you could be entitled to make a fibromyalgia compensation claim.

Trust Legal Expert to help you make your fibromyalgia compensation claim. We are a well trusted personal injury solicitor’s firm, with an excellent track record of helping victims of chronic pain related injuries like fibromyalgia claim the compensation that they are entitled to. Whether you have experienced a fibromyalgia misdiagnosis, fibromyalgia medical negligence which led to you developing fibromyalgia, or a traumatic accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim tens of thousands of pounds in compensation for your illness. Legal Expert offer a free legal consultation to all of their compensation claimants, so if you think you might be entitled to make a fibromyalgia compensation claim call us today for your free legal advice. We will assess whether or not you have legitimate grounds for compensation and if you do we will estimate how much compensation you could claim and provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor to help you make your claim. If you have grounds to make a fibromyalgia claim, we would love to work with you, so call us on 0800 073 8804 today.

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A Guide To Making A Fibromyalgia Compensation Claim

Legal Expert has created this guide for sufferers of fibromyalgia who wish to make a fibromyalgia compensation claim and seek compensation for the chronic pain that they suffer. If you have experienced a fibromyalgia misdiagnosis, or another form of fibromyalgia medical negligence which has worsened your condition you could be entitled to receive compensation. Similarly if your fibromyalgia was triggered by a traumatic experience that was not your fault, such as a car accident then you may be entitled to receive compensation for fibromyalgia after car accident.

Claim For FibromyalgiaIn this guide we are going to look at what fibromyalgia is and how a fibromyalgia diagnosis is usually reached. Then we will look at if fibromyalgia is a disability or not. Finally we will look at the circumstances under which you can claim compensation for fibromyalgia, look at the average settlement for fibromyalgia and review our fibromyalgia compensation calculator to see what fibromyalgia compensation amounts are commonly awarded for a case such as yours. Finally, we will advise you on how to find the right personal injury solicitor to help you win your fibromyalgia payouts or compensation for chronic pain. Remember, Legal Expert offers potential clients a free personal injury claims consultation, so call us today for free legal advice regarding your fibromyalgia claim. Call today and we will determine whether or not you have legitimate grounds for making a fibromyalgia claim, estimate what fibromyalgia compensation amounts you could claim and if you are happy to proceed we will provide you with an excellent personal injury lawyer who specialises in handling compensation for chronic pain cases to represent your claim. We also offer all of our clients the option to make a no win no fee claim, so would be happy to discuss this with you further. Call us today to find out more.

What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition which causes widespread pain all over the body. The main symptoms of fibromyalgia include: pain all over the body, increased sensitivity to pain, fatigue and muscle stiffness. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia can include: headaches, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), interferences with mental processes affecting the snuffer’s memory and ability to concentrate. What causes fibromyalgia? The exact cause of the illness is unknown, but researchers believe it may be caused by the brain overproducing certain chemicals creating an over perception of pain in the central nervous system (spinal cord, brain and nerves). It is thought that fibromyalgia might be triggered by genetic factors, or by traumatic incidents such as relationship breakdowns, losing a loved one or being involved in a serious accident such as a car crash. Fibromyalgia can affect anyone of any age, but is more likely to affect women aged between 30 and 50 years old.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness, meaning that it is long term. Unfortunately there is no cure for fibromyalgia but the affects of fibromyalgia can be treated. Painkillers and anti-depressants can be subscribed to help the sufferer manage the pain, they can also be prescribed counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as another method of helping them manage the affects. They can also be put on an exercise program. If you believe you are suffering from fibromyalgia, visit your GP for a diagnosis and to seek help.

How Is A Fibromyalgia Diagnosis Reached?

As we will go on to explain I more detail, fibromyalgia is a difficult illness to diagnose. Unfortunately there is not one test for fibromyalgia and it shares many symptoms with other illnesses such as sleep apnea or rheumatoid arthritis. So, a fibromyalgia diagnosis is reached by ruling out other conditions.

Claim For Fibromyalgia Misdiagnosis

If you have experienced fibromyalgia misdiagnosis, you could potentially make a fibromyalgia compensation claim for the pain and suffering it can cause you. Unfortunately fibromyalgia can be a difficult medical condition to diagnose but prolonging diagnosis can increase the victim’s pain and suffering. The condition of fibromyalgia shares many overlapping symptoms with other conditions such as lupus, sleep apnea, rheumatoid arthritis and hypothyroidism. As with many illnesses, the earlier that the illness is diagnosed, the easier it will be to treat. Medical practitioners such as doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and psychologists, as well as the medical institutions they work for such as hospitals and doctor’s surgeries have a duty of care towards their patients. Medical negligence is defined as substandard medical treatment, which violates the duty of care medical practitioners and institutions owe their patients, causing the patient an illness, injury or worsening of a medical condition. A common form of medical negligence is a doctor misdiagnosing a patient’s condition, or dismissing symptoms of an illness as something medically inconsequential, for example, not realising that frequent headaches are a symptom of an underlying condition. If you have experienced a fibromyalgia misdiagnosis you could be entitled to make a fibromyalgia misdiagnosis compensation claim. Perhaps the doctor mistook your symptoms of fibromyalgia for another medical condition did not take the required steps to rule out that condition then prescribed the wrong treatment. Alternatively a GP may have dismissed the symptoms you complained of, causing your condition to worsen over time and undue pain and suffering during the time that you were denied fibromyalgia treatment. If you have experienced fibromyalgia misdiagnosis and can prove that it led to the worsening of your medical condition, you could be entitled to claim compensation for fibromyalgia misdiagnosis. Call Legal Expert today to speak to one of our friendly advisors and see if you have a legitimate case.

Can Fibromyalgia Be Caused By A Car Accident?

Many of our clients wonder if it possible for claim compensation in the form of a car crash fibromyalgia settlement. In some cases, fibromyalgia develops in an individual after a stressful and traumatic life event. This could include the death of a loved one, becoming seriously ill or injured, giving birth or being abused. A car accident is another traumatic event which could trigger fibromyalgia. Because whiplash is a soft tissue injury which is commonly caused by car accidents, which shares similar symptoms to fibromyalgia caused by car a accident is often misdiagnosed as whiplash. If you have experienced fibromyalgia caused by a car accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation for fibromyalgia after car accident from the person who was responsible for the crash. Call Legal Expert today to enquire about claiming a car crash fibromyalgia settlement.

Is Fibromyalgia A Disability?

Many of our clients wonder if “fibromyalgia is a disability”. Under section 6 of the equality act, fibromyalgia is classed as a disability and can have a debilitating effect on your overall quality of life. Many people who suffer from fibromyalgia worry that the condition may affect their ability to work. This really depends on the severity of your symptoms and the type of work you do. Many people with fibromyalgia manage to have a successful working life, despite the difficulty caused by their condition. Unfortunately the chronic pain and episodes of confusion or memory loss caused by fibromyalgia can result in some jobs, such as jobs that involve operating heavy and potentially dangerous machinery not being suitable for fibromyalgia sufferers. For other fibromyalgia sufferers the symptoms are too strong for them to be able to work. If fibromyalgia means that you have had to take time off work, leave your job or retrain for a different career, you could claim compensation for loss of income and in some cases, the funds needed to retrain.

Fibromyalgia Case Study

In this fibromyalgia case study, we are going to look at an accident at work which caused fibromyalgia. There was recently a case where a fibromyalgia sufferer was awarded a post traumatic fibromyalgia compensation payout of £1.5 million. The person in question, Mrs L, lives in Norwich and worked in a care home. Unfortunately Mrs L experienced 2 lifting accidents at work, which occurred when lifting a patient. Unfortunately after the second accident Mrs L developed a serious case of fibromyalgia. She found herself in constant pain, and in need of specialist care, which meant she was unable to work. Mrs L claimed post traumatic fibromyalgia compensation from her employer. It was found that her employer, the local authority that ran the care home where she worked, had failed to provide her with the proper equipment to lift patients safely and this negligence had caused her accident at work. The local authority was ordered to pay Mrs L fibromyalgia compensation. Her fibromyalgia payout was awarded to compensate her for the pain and suffering the fibromyalgia had caused. It was also awarded to compensate Mrs L for her loss of income, to help her pay for specialist medical care to help her manage the treatment and sheltered accommodation, where she could receive the care her condition now required.

If you have experienced fibromyalgia which was caused by an accident that was not your fault or medical negligence, then you could be entitled to claim post traumatic fibromyalgia compensation, like Mrs L did in this fibromyalgia case study. Contact Legal Expert today, to see if you could make a legitimate fibromyalgia compensation claim.

What Can Your Fibromyalgia Claim Include?

If you successfully make a fibromyalgia compensation claim you could receive tens of thousands of pounds, or even more in compensation. The average settlement for fibromyalgia will consist of general damages and special damages. General damages are the largest part of your fibromyalgia claim and will be awarded for the pain and suffering your injuries caused you. Special damages are an additional part of your claim, which will be awarded to compensate you for any out of pocket expenses your injuries have caused you, including loss of income, and any future expenses or losses that are likely to occur.

Here are some examples of the sorts of special damages victims of fibromyalgia injuries can claim for:

  • Medical expenses: You can claim for any medical expenses your fibromyalgia injuries have caused you. This includes doctor’s appointments, medication, counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or any other medical treatment you may require. You may be able to claim for the cost of future medical treatments that you will have to undergo as well.
  • Care expenses: If you require at home care or sheltered accommodation, you can claim for the cost of this. You may be able to claim for the cost of care that you will have to rely on in the future as well. If a relative or friend has had to care for you unpaid because of your fibromyalgia, you may be able to make a compensation claim on their behalf as well.
  • Transport: This can include transportation for trips to and from doctor’s and hospital appointments, as well as alternative transport you may have had to have sought if your injuries meant you were no longer able to drive.
  • Loss of income: If your fibromyalgia injuries caused you to take time off work, or worse, you had to leave your job then you can claim for loss of income.

Calculating Fibromyalgia Compensation Amounts

If you have suffered fibromyalgia due to an accident that was not your fault, or had your fibromyalgia worsened by a fibromyalgia misdiagnosis, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. Our clients often ask us what the average settlement for fibromyalgia compensation is in the UK. This really depends on how serious your injuries are, what contribution the negligence made to your injuries and with what severity they are likely to affect you going forward. You can use our fibromyalgia compensation calculator to estimate how much compensation you may be able to claim. It works by calculating average settlements for fibromyalgia injuries, based on their level of severity.

Nature of the injuryLevel of severityFurther notesSettlement band
Leg injuryMinorSoft tissue injuries consistent with FibromyalgiaUp to £10,380
Neck injuryMinorMinor soft tissue injuries caused by FibromyalgiaUp to £2,150
Neck injuryModerateModerate injuries to the soft tissues caused by Fibromyalgia£6,920 - £33,750
Foot injuryMinorMinor soft tissue injuries to the foot or feet caused by FibromyalgiaUp to £12,050
Ankle injuryMinorMinor soft tissue ankle injuries caused by FibromyalgiaUp to £12,050
Finger injuryMinorMinor soft tissue injuries to a finger, or fingers caused by FibromyalgiaUp to £4,160
Thumb injuryMinorMinor soft tissue injuries caused by FibromyalgiaUp to £3,460
Hand injuryMinorMore minor injury to the hand consistent with Fibromyalgia.£800 to £3,810

Alternatively to using our fibromyalgia compensation calculator, call Legal Expert today to speak to one of our friendly advisors. They will be able to give you a personalised estimation of how much your claim is worth based on your individual circumstances.

No Win No Fee Fibromyalgia Claims

At Legal Expert we offer all our clients claiming compensation for chronic pain and fibromyalgia the opportunity to make a no win no fee fibromyalgia claim. A no win no fee claim means that you will not have to pay an upfront solicitor’s fee, or any ongoing fees. Instead, your fee will come from your fibromyalgia payout if and when you win your claim. For many of our clients claiming compensation for chronic pain related illnesses a no win no fee service is the more affordable and less stressful option. Remember, you only pay if you win, so there is no financial risk to you. To enquire about making a no win no fee claim, speak to Legal Expert today.

How Our Specialist Team Can Help You Make A Claim

At Legal Expert our specialist team of personal injury solicitors have an excellent track record of helping clients win chronic pain compensation. Our experienced solicitors fight to win our clients the maximum amount of compensation they are owed and what’s more, many of our solicitors have over 30 years experience practicing personal injury law so you’ll be in good hands. What’s more, you can make a no win no fee claim, so there’s nothing to pay unless you win. For your free consultation and to get started with your fibromyalgia claim, call Legal Expert today.

Links To Useful Resources

An NHS guide to fibromyalgia
Follow this NHS guide to fibromyalgia conditions.

Claim Compensation For Suffering Chronic Pain
Find out if, when, and how you can claim compensation for suffering chronic pain.

Medical Negligence Compensation
How to make a medical negligence compensation claim.

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