Fibromyalgia, also know as fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. Pain is generally felt in the softer, more fibrous tissues in the body such as the muscles, ligaments and tendons. In addition to widespread pain, sufferers may also experience:
- increased sensitivity to pain
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- memory and concentration issues (sometimes referred to as fibro-fog)
- muscle stiffness
- sleeping difficulties
What causes fibromyalgia?
Whilst the exact cause is unknown, it is thought to be related to abnormal levels of chemicals in the brain and changes in the way that the central nervous system processes pain messages. The central nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord and nerves.
Some individuals will develop the condition spontaneously. However, others find that fibromyalgia is triggered by a physically or emotionally stressful event such as an accident, birth trauma, abuse or the death of a loved one.
Obtaining a fibromyalgia diagnosis
The process of attaining a diagnosis of is complex as there are other similar conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis, which healthcare professionals often have to rule out first in order to provide a fibromyalgia diagnosis.
Accident circumstances that may result in fibromyalgia
If you have had an accident that was not your fault and you consider that fibromyalgia has been triggered as a consequence of that accident then it may be possible to bring a compensation claim. Common accidents leading to fibromyalgia compensation claims include road traffic accidents (RTAs), being hit by a falling object, lifting heavy objects, slips, trips and falls. The most common cause of post traumatic fibromyalgia appears to be whiplash injuries.
Why choose Lime?
Our expert legal team can advise clients across the country and will help you fight and attain the best level of compensation.
Fibromyalgia is a complex condition and specialist legal representation is important as lawyers without detailed knowledge of the syndrome can agree compensation settlements at a figure that is too low. In addition to seeking the best possible level of financial compensation our team will also look for any private medical treatment that may help relieve some of the pain caused by fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia often impacts the long-term earning potential of the sufferer as they are often unable to work, have to reduce their hours or take a less demanding job. Our legal team will help guide you through all of your losses.
I already have a solicitor but they are not listening to me. Can I change?
Sometimes in particularly complex cases you may feel like your solicitor does not understand you and is not listening to how affected you are as a result of the accident. This may be because they do not have the specialist knowledge to deal with your claim. Fibromyalgia cases require a specialist solicitor to act on your behalf.
You have the freedom to choose who handles your claim. You can change solicitors at any time during your personal injury claim. You do not need to give your solicitor a reason for wanting to change.
If you wish to change solicitor we would recommend you do so quickly. We will write to your solicitors and request your file, confirming that we will preserve their entitlement to legal costs so there is no charge to you.
Please contact our specialist team on 0808 164 0808 if you are unhappy with your solicitor.
No win, no fee claims
We will carry out a free assessment of your call and advise whether we are able to act for you under the terms of a no win, no fee agreement.
If you would like to discuss making a fibromyalgia compensation claim as a result of an accident or trauma that was not your fault then please call a member of our Personal Injury (PI) team on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.