How Much Compensation Could I Claim For Fibromyalgia?
By Mark Anderson. Last Updated 4th March 2021. Welcome to our guide on fibromyalgia compensation claims. A diagnosis of Fibromyalgia can mean the sufferer has to endure years of pain all over the body, tiredness, insomnia and headaches. If the condition is caused by an injury due to the negligence of somebody else, it’s possible that compensation for fibromyalgia could be claimed.
In this guide, we’re going to take a look at when a claim might be possible, how much compensation could be paid, and when you could use a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor to help make your claim. We’ll also look at when you could claim for a fibromyalgia misdiagnosis.
A fibromyalgia personal injury claim can be complex and tricky to prove. That’s why it’s best to have a personal injury specialist on your side. Our advisers could help you claim if you, or a loved one, have developed fibromyalgia because of somebody else’s negligence. We offer free legal advice and a no-obligation assessment of your claim. Also, if your case is deemed to be strong enough, you could use one of our solicitors to help you claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
If you’d like to discuss your claim right away, please call 0800 073 8801 today. However, if you’d like to find out more about why fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed and when that could lead to a claim, please continue reading.
Select A Section
- A Guide To Fibromyalgia Illness Claims
- An Overview Of Fibromyalgia
- What Could Cause Fibromyalgia?
- Could Road Traffic Accidents Or Accidents At Work Cause Fibromyalgia?
- Symptoms And Type Of Fibromyalgia
- Diagnosing Fibromyalgia
- How Is Fibromyalgia Treated?
- Fibromyalgia Misdiagnosis Claims
- Are Those With Fibromyalgia Considered Disabled?
- Fibromyalgia Personal Injury Claims Calculator
- Additional Damages You Could Claim Fibromyalgia
- No Win No Fee Claims For Fibromyalgia
- How Our Medical Misdiagnosis Specialists Could Help You
- Contact The Team At Accident Claims UK
- Essential Resources
A Guide To Fibromyalgia Illness Claims
Fibromyalgia is an incurable but treatable condition that causes pain across the whole body. In this guide, we’re going to look at why you might be able to claim compensation for fibromyalgia and how much compensation you could be entitled to by using our fibromyalgia compensation calculator. We’ll also look at why misdiagnosed fibromyalgia could lead to a claim too.
Having fibromyalgia itself might not be a reason for being compensated. However, there are a number of potential causes which could lead to a claim. We’ll cover these throughout the guide. Also, we’ll try to answer the following questions:
- What are the first signs of fibromyalgia?
- How does a person get fibromyalgia?
- How serious is fibromyalgia?
- What is the average settlement for fibromyalgia in the UK?
Something that needs considering is the personal injury claims time limit. In general, this is 3-years from the date of the accident, which caused injuries or illnesses to occur. However, in the case of fibromyalgia, which can sometimes take a long time to be diagnosed with, the time limit could begin from the date you receive your diagnosis.
Something else to consider is that we could help you claim if you’re considering claiming on behalf of a loved one who has fibromyalgia. There is a process that allows a ‘litigation friend’ to represent a claimant if they don’t have the mental capacity to do so themselves.
When you’ve finished reading this guide, please contact us if you decide you’d like to proceed with any fibromyalgia compensation claims. Also, remember we offer free legal advice. If you have any concerns or queries, please ask.
An Overview Of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a condition that leads to pain across the whole body. It’s also known as fibromyalgia syndrome or FMS for short. We’ll cover the causes and symptoms of fibromyalgia later in this guide, but those suffering from FMS suffer from chronic fatigue, nausea, headaches and memory issues.
The condition is thought to be linked to abnormal chemical levels in the brain and the way the nervous system deals with the way pain messages change. There is also some suggestion that fibromyalgia could be passed on genetically.
However, the type of FMS that could lead to a compensation payment is triggered by an event such as an injury or infection caused by somebody else’s negligence. According to the British Medical Journal (BMJ), there could be as many as 10% of the population who are currently living in the UK with fibromyalgia. Note that fibromyalgia often goes unreported as the initial symptoms are first developing. So, this suggests that there could be even more people with the condition than what various studies state.
What Could Cause Fibromyalgia?
According to the NHS, there are several possible triggers for fibromyalgia. These include:
- Suffering an injury
- Undergoing an operation
- The death of a partner or loved one
- Suffering from a virus
- Giving birth
- Being abused by a partner
- The breakdown of a relationship
Other potential causes for FMS include disturbed sleep patterns, genetics and chemical imbalance and also abnormal pain messages.
It’s thought that sufferers have developed changes in their nervous system deal with pain messages sent by the body. It’s thought that this is linked to low levels of dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline, as this is often the case with FMS sufferers. These are all hormones which help process pain messages from nerves, and they’re important because they regulate mood, sleep, behaviour, appetite and dealing with stress. Any of these could result in fibromyalgia compensation claims.
Could Road Traffic Accidents Or Accidents At Work Cause Fibromyalgia?
A common fibromyalgia misdiagnosis can occur following a road traffic accident. Often the misdiagnosis is that you’ve suffered whiplash injuries instead, and the true diagnosis might not be made for many months or even years.
If you’ve suffered Fibromyalgia after a road traffic accident, and it was misdiagnosed as whiplash or other injuries, you could be entitled to claim compensation. That’s because the medical misdiagnosis would’ve meant that you suffered more because the correct treatment didn’t start sooner.
Symptoms And Type Of Fibromyalgia
Several symptoms can be caused by fibromyalgia. Not all sufferers have to deal with all of the symptoms though. Here are some of the main symptoms:
- Widespread pain – Continuous pain across the whole body can occur. It can feel like a burning sensation, aching or a sharp stabbing pain
- Stiffness – This can be worse when you’ve been in the same position for a long time
- Extreme sensitivity – Even the softest of touches can feel painful. Also, pain will last longer than it normally would
- Poor sleep – You could wake up tired even after a long sleep.
- Fatigue – This can come on suddenly and feel similar to flu-like symptoms
- Fibro-fog – This is a cognitive problem which could lead to trouble remembering things, slow speech and struggling to concentrate or pay attention
- Headaches – From mild headaches all the way up to migraines. You could also suffer from nausea
- IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Some sufferers of FMS also go onto suffer with IBS. It’s a common problem with the digestive system leading to bloating, constipation and diarrhoea
The above are the main symptoms of FMS but some other symptoms that can also occur include dizziness, tingling, numbness, restless legs syndrome, clumsiness, feeling too hot or cold, depression, anxiety and unusually painful periods for women. If you experience any of these, you may begin thinking about making fibromyalgia compensation claims.
Fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed because symptoms can be very similar to other conditions. Usually a GP will ask you about what symptoms you’re suffering and what affect they have on your daily life.
Then they’ll examine you to rule out other conditions such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis causing painful swelling in the joints
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME) leading to long-term tiredness
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affecting movement and balance
Some criteria used by medical professionals to diagnose fibromyalgia include:
- Severe pain in 3 to 6 areas of your body or mild pain in 7 or more areas
- The symptoms have been at the same or similar levels for over 3 months
- There is no indication that the symptoms have been caused by any other condition
If you suspect that you have fibromyalgia, we would always recommend seeking medical attention from your GP. You may wish to consider asking for a second opinion if you believe their diagnosis is wrong.
How Is Fibromyalgia Treated?
As mentioned earlier, there’s no cure for fibromyalgia which means GP’s and medical professionals can only try and ease the symptoms. Because no case of fibromyalgia is the same, it might mean that several different treatment options are attempted before the best one for you is found.
Depending on how you’re being affected by FMS, there could be several different medical professionals involved. Your GP will lead your treatment and help decide the best course of action. Then they could use the following professionals to support you:
- Neurologist – they are specialists in assessing and treating issues relating to the central nervous system
- Rheumatologist – who will help deal with pain in the joints and muscles
- Psychologist – who specialises in psychological and mental health treatments. They may suggest cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) that we mentioned earlier.
As well as these different therapies, medication may be used to help ease the symptoms. This could be in the form of painkillers and also anti-depressant medications. The mix of medication and other treatments will be assessed regularly and may be changed until the right balance is found.
Fibromyalgia Misdiagnosis Claims
Although, as we’ve already discussed, fibromyalgia is notoriously difficult to correctly diagnose due to the fact it has similar symptoms to several other conditions, you could still claim compensation.
This is because misdiagnosed fibromyalgia can lead to weeks, months or years of additional suffering. When a misdiagnosis for fibromyalgia is made, you’ll be treated for whatever else the medical professional has decided you’re suffering from. Therefore, you’ll be receiving the incorrect treatment or medication, which means your pain and suffering caused by the fibromyalgia is still occurring.
While no medical professional would deliberately choose to diagnose FMS as something else, if it can be shown that they failed to follow the correct procedure for correctly diagnosing it, then you could claim compensation for fibromyalgia.
Due to the complexity of proving such cases, we’d always recommend having a specialist personal injury solicitor on your side. They can use medical records from each of your visits to the GP and assessments from independent doctors to try and work out how the misdiagnosis has affected you and how much compensation you could be entitled to.
Please call our specialist advisers today for a free assessment of your claim. They’ll look at how you’ve suffered and the evidence you have to support your claim and then they could connect you with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors to take on your fibromyalgia compensation claims.
Are Those With Fibromyalgia Considered Disabled?
Under section six of the Equality Act 2010, fibromyalgia is classed as a disability. That’s because both physical and mental impairment is caused by the condition. Therefore, it can cause long-term issues on the sufferer’s daily ability to function.
It can also impact on the ability to work too depending on the severity of the symptoms suffered. As you’ll see in the next couple of sections, this could have an impact on the amount of compensation awarded for fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia Personal Injury Claims Calculator
One of the first questions asked when we’re contacted by new clients is, “How much compensation will I receive?”. While we can’t cover that in this guide, as every case is unique, we can provide the personal injury claims calculator table below.
|Type of Injury / Illness||Severity||Range||Comments|
|Fibromyalgia||Severe||£39,530 to £59,110||Fibromyalgia with significant symptoms which affect the ability to work and result in care requirements despite treatment having been given.|
|Fibromyalgia||Moderate||£19,770 to £36,120||The top end of this range is for ongoing symptoms where the abilty to work is affected less than severe cases. At the bottom end, a full recovery has been made after symptoms persisited for a number of years.|
You’ll notice that in each category, the compensation for fibromyalgia is quite wide. Therefore, your solicitor needs to use medical records, reports from independent doctors and other evidence to prove exactly how serious your condition is.
Our solicitors have many years’ experience of making medical negligence, clinical negligence and personal injury claims. Therefore, they understand the process and always aim to ensure enough quality evidence is supplied to try and ensure claims are settled for the highest possible amount.
To find out how much you could be entitled to, please call an adviser today. After they’ve assessed your claim, a personal injury lawyer could help calculate a more personalised estimate once your case is understood.
Additional Damages You Could Claim Fibromyalgia
When you begin your fibromyalgia compensation claims, your solicitor can use different ‘heads of loss’ to make your claim. Essentially, these are different elements to your claim that are used depending on how your suffering has affected you. Here are some of the elements they could use:
- General Damages – This is the compensation that was shown in the previous section’s table. It covers the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused.
- Loss of Income – When claiming compensation for fibromyalgia, the ability to work is a big factor. Initially, if you need to take time off to recover or for medical appointments, you could claim any lost income back. However, a larger compensation payment might be needed if your condition means you’re unable to work for a longer period. Therefore, you could also claim for future lost earnings too
- Care Costs – If your condition is debilitating enough that you need professional care to support you, then you could claim for any associated costs. Also, if a member of your family or friend cares for you, it could be possible to claim for their time too
- Medical Costs – While you will usually receive treatment on the NHS for free, you might end up with large prescription costs. There are also over the counter treatments to consider. Finally, if you use a private physio or any other medical service, you might be able to claim their costs back too. However, there would need to be evidence as to why the NHS wasn’t used in this instance
- Travelling Expenses – There are two elements to this part of a claim. Firstly, you could claim fuel and parking costs associated with medical appointments. You could also claim alternative travel arrangements if you’re fibromyalgia leaves you unable to drive for any period of time.
Any financial part of your claim will come under the umbrella of ‘special damages’. As claiming compensation for fibromyalgia can cover long periods of time, we suggest that you create a diary or log of any spending and keep hold of any receipts. Therefore, when your solicitor asks why an expense is being claimed back, you’ll easily be able to recall why and how it was linked to your condition.
No Win No Fee Claims For Fibromyalgia
There are times when the thought of claiming compensation might seem daunting. Also, you might worry about the costs involved. That’s why our solicitors offer a no win no fee service for any claim they take on.
When the solicitor has assessed your claim and agrees to take it on, they’ll prepare a conditional fee agreement (CFA) for you. This is your contract which confirms that you won’t have to pay the solicitor’s fees unless you receive compensation.
When that does happen, the CFA will provide details about the success fee you’ll pay. This is a percentage of your compensation that’s deducted before the compensation is paid to you. Doing it this way means that you don’t have to have the funds available to pay the solicitor yourself. We believe this reduces the financial risk and stress levels involved in making a claim.
How Our Medical Misdiagnosis Specialists Could Help You
Our team of solicitors have up to 30 years of personal injury claims experience meaning they know what’s required and what’s not to make an accurate claim. Here are some more reasons we believe you should use Accident Claims UK:
- Our advisors provide free advice about your fibromyalgia compensation claims
- They offer a no-obligation assessment of your claim
- Our solicitors always try to ensure you receive the correct amount of compensation you could be entitled to
- We can arrange medical assessments locally
- Our solicitors have great feedback from previous clients.
- And, finally, they always try to resolve claims as quickly and efficiently as possible
Contact The Team At Accident Claims UK
Hopefully, now that you’ve read this guide about seeking compensation for fibromyalgia, you’d like to begin your claim with Accident Claims UK. If so, you can get in touch by:
- Calling a specialist advisor on 0800 073 8801
- Using our live chat feature to connect to an advisor from any page on this site
- Contacting us by sending an email with details of your claim to email@example.com
- Finally, you could request a call back by filling in this online claim form
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this guide about fibromyalgia compensation claims. For your information, we’ve linked to some more guides and resources that we hope you’ll find useful.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – This guide from the NHS explains how CBT works. It’s a talking therapy that can be used to help treat fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia Action UK – A UK charity providing information, news and support for those affected by fibromyalgia.
MS Society – Multiple Sclerosis is one condition that needs to be ruled out when diagnosing fibromyalgia. This group supports those affected by MS.
Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims – This guide explains why you could claim for medical misdiagnosis. It also covers what compensation you could be entitled to.
Road Traffic Accident Claims – As it’s possible for fibromyalgia to be caused by injuries sustained in an RTA, we’ve included this guide.
Birth Injury Compensation Claims – This guide explains how you could claim for injuries caused during childbirth.
Finally, here are some resources that may help you understand fibromyalgia and related conditions.
Fibromyalgia – This is an informative guide from the NHS about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Another guide from the NHS covers the symptoms of IBS, which can be a symptom of fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia Compensation Claims FAQs
Is fibromyalgia considered to be a disability?
As of 2019, the UK government officially recognises fibromyalgia, as well as similar chronic fatigue illnesses, as disabilities. This means that sufferers could receive both sickness and disability benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Could you lose the ability to walk because of fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia causes joint pain, which can worsen over time and through the sufferer getting older. Therefore, it could impact your walking, perhaps only to a minor extent at first, but more so as time goes on. Fibromyalgia also affects the likes of lifting, pulling, pushing, carrying and grasping.
What is it like to experience a fibromyalgia attack?
This is where the major symptoms of fibromyalgia come to the forefront. This includes strong pain throughout the body, a tingling sensation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and depression. To reduce the symptoms, it’s recommended to undergo relaxing techniques, exercise and ensuring that you receive consistent sleep.
Does fibromyalgia cause constant pain?
This could be the case for many sufferers. Those who have fibromyalgia consider it to be a consistent and dull pain that is present for several months initially. From there, if the pain covers both sides of the body, as well as areas below your waist, it is classed as widespread.
Article by BH (Brett)
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