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Fibromyalgia and Car Accidents

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents


Car accidents may cause injuries that are not immediately visible or readily apparent, even to doctors conducting physical examinations a day or two after the accident. Some injuries manifest over time, have the potential to cause extreme pain, and can be severely debilitating. One example of these possible long-term injuries from car accidents is Fibromyalgia, a chronic disease that causes widespread pain and fatigue.

If you or your loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 so we can discuss your case. Fibromyalgia and other conditions may be caused by your car accident, but you may not be immediately aware of their symptoms, so you need to take steps to protect your right to compensation for all of your injuries.

Accident Trauma May Cause Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that is often accompanied by chronic fatigue, sleep deprivation, numbness or tingling sensations in the hands and feet, and issues with memory. Research over the years has supported the conclusion that physical trauma may be a triggering event for the onset of Fibromyalgia, including injuries from a car accident. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, there are a number of factors that may be linked to Fibromyalgia, including traumatic events like car accidents, repetitive injuries, and other illnesses. Other studies have found that neck injuries caused by trauma (such as whiplash from a car accident) may result in a person being at 13 times greater risk of developing Fibromyalgia.

This condition is often very difficult to diagnose, similar to other soft tissue injuries. It is also equally difficult to treat and requires specialized medical attention and a comprehensive treatment plan.

Impacts of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia can seriously impact a person’s life. Some people suffer from such debilitating pain that they are unable to carry out many normal daily functions, such as full-time employment. Additionally, the accompanying fatigue can be profound. All of these effects can cause years of lost wages and earning potential, as well as loss of quality of life and relationships.
Fibromyalgia also requires specialized treatment, including a team approach that requires regular consultations with rheumatologists, internists, and other medical professionals. It may also require extensive physical and drug therapy. Treatment is often multidisciplinary in nature and may take a significant investment of time and finances.

Contact a Lawyer

Car accidents are traumatic events that can affect every aspect of your life, and you need an experienced advocate who can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. has experienced and compassionate attorneys who are well-versed in representing people in Chicago with their car accident claims. We understand the nature of car accidents and can help you gather and preserve the evidence and documentation necessary to prove injuries caused by the accident that may not have been immediately apparent.

Our attorneys will take the time to design an effective strategy for pursuing your claims. Don’t hesitate to call us today at (312) 236-2900 for a free, initial consultation with one of our lawyers in Chicago.

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