Are you considering employers’ liability claims for fibromyalgia caused by work?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that, unlike arthritis which causes joint pains, causes pain in the soft tissue around joints, in the skin, and in the organs. The pain is usually widespread and can vary greatly not just from patient to patient, but also from day to day in the same patient. Some days it will cause moderate discomfort and other days be totally disabling. Some patients experience other problems as well such as:
- Memory difficulties
- Tingling sensations
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Irritable Bladder Syndrome
There are no known tests to assist in diagnosis, so quite often it means months of suffering for the patient, before any sort of medical help is given. There is no known cure and therefore it is a case of treating the symptoms to try and make life more bearable for the sufferer.
Employers’ liability claims for fibromyalgia caused by work
Employers’ liability claims for fibromyalgia caused by work are not uncommon.
Most doctors believe that it is caused by sudden stress or trauma to the body such as a fall or car crash, and is quite often associated with heavy lifting at work, such as a carer lifting a patient without the proper lifting equipment, or a warehouseman consistently lifting heavy boxes.
One of the biggest problems is that the realisation of how bad the situation is, does not always become apparent till many months later, when the person is in a lot of pain and usually unable to work because of it. To start with, it can feel like a pulled muscle or perhaps a strained back and it is only as these don’t improve as they should, and the pain gets worse, that the syndrome is diagnosed.
It is the responsibility of your employer to try to make sure accidents don’t happen, and that you are properly equipped to do your job, but if you have had an accident at work, and consequently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, then you may be one of the many who has employers’ liability claims for fibromyalgia caused by work.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to help. You can contact us on our number, 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, for friendly and professional advice. Alternatively you can complete our 30-second test online for some guidance as to the amount of compensation you may receive.
Accident Advice Helpline has a wealth of experience in dealing with such cases, and as we operate on a no-win, no-fee basis, the costs to get started do not exist. Call and have a no-obligation chat with us today.
Date Published: 22nd July 2013