Bringing a claim for fibromyalgia compensation requires the expert knowledge and experience of a specialist solicitor. Why? Find out here.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness renowned for causing extreme widespread pain all over the body. Symptoms of fibromyalgia include extreme fatigue, stiffness, headaches, IBS, and memory problems, however, these may vary from person to person. Fibromyalgia can be triggered by an accident or injury to the body, particularly forceful injuries, such as whiplash or impactful falls and, in instances like these, sufferers can claim for fibromyalgia compensation. Although compensation won’t be able to rid you of the pain caused by the condition, it will help to make life easier alongside the syndrome. In this blog, we discuss the importance of having a specialist solicitor on your side to represent you and your case when making a claim, so that you understand how to achieve the best result for you.
As a condition, fibromyalgia is incredibly complex and poorly understood by many. Due to its complex nature, and the fact that other conditions must be ruled out first, fibromyalgia is extremely difficult to diagnose, which means many patients are often left waiting to receive a concrete diagnosis for a considerable amount of time. When bringing a compensation claim, this poses problems; there are strict time limits associated with cases involving patients who have developed the condition as a result of an accident or injury, meaning that claimants must begin their claim at court within three years of the accident date. Having a knowledgeable solicitor that is well-versed in fibromyalgia and the complexities of compensation claims will ensure that your case is dealt with in an efficient and timely manner.
Fibromyalgia is often referred to as an ‘invisible illness’, which means that many people remain skeptical and believe that symptoms are psychological as opposed to physical. Having a solicitor who understands fibromyalgia, and has witnessed first-hand on many occasions how debilitating it is as a condition, will ensure that you have someone you can trust fighting your corner. You won’t need to worry about having to convince anyone of your pain and suffering. Instead, you will have someone who understands what you’re going through somewhat.
Knowing that stress can exacerbate symptoms of fibromyalgia, a specialist solicitor firm would also be able to keep everything organised, so that you are calm at all times. At Brian Barr Solicitors, we know that symptoms vary from day to day, depending on the time of the day, for most sufferers, which is why we provide flexibility with our services. If you prefer to catch up over the phone, calls can be arranged for a time that best suits you; if you have have had a bad night’s sleep, we can rearrange to meet another day; if you tend to experience increased levels of pain during the evenings, we’ll arrange to meet early in the morning. Having a specialist solicitor by your side will enable you to feel calm as the burden of your claim will be taken away from you, making the process much simpler.
In many cases, fibromyalgia patients are advised to accept early settlements and, as a result, are often undercompensated for their injuries. With a specialist solicitor, however, you will be advised on all the risks associated, so that you can feel ready to make an informed decision that’s right for you, giving you a better chance of settling for the correct amount. As a sufferer, you must consider your future; if you no longer work as a result of being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, your compensation must be able to support you for the rest of your life.
When claiming for fibromyalgia compensation, it’s incredibly important that you ensure your chosen solicitor is knowledgeable of the condition and can deal with your claim in a personalised way to put your needs first. It’s the only way to ensure you achieve the best possible outcome and receive the correct amount of compensation as a result. If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with our expert team to discuss your particular case, call us for free on 0808 123 0003 or get in touch with us online here.