Jan. 4, 2012
-- Brian Barr Solicitors would like to announce that is has achieved a settlement of £125,000 for a client who’s Fibromyalgia was triggered as a result of an injury sustained at their place of work.
The client, herein referred to as ‘Mrs L’, was involved in an accident that took place in June 2006. She was struck by a fork lift truck that was being driven by a colleague. Mrs L’s injuries appeared to be minimal; however in the months that followed the accident she developed a combination of severe fatigue and chronic widespread pain. Mr’s L was subsequently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia
Mrs L had enjoyed a varied and active lifestyle pervious to the onset of her condition. She was the mother of 6 children and in full time employment. As her Fibromyalgia developed, Mrs L was forced to leave work and was unable to properly care for her family as before.
Mrs L’s Trade Union initially appointed a firm of solicitors. They went on to obtain a report from an Orthopaedic Surgeon which concluded that her Fibromyalgia was in no way linked to the accident. On this basis, her solicitors recommended she accept a settlement of £3750; adding that if she refused to accept they would no longer represent her.
Mrs L refused the offer and in February 2010 she instructed Brian Barr Solicitors, who obtained a report from a Consultant Rheumatologist which concluded that Mrs L had developed Fibromyalgia as a direct result of the workplace accident. The Defendants obtained their own reports from a Rheumatologist and a Psychiatrist which disputed this link.
As the case moved to trial, both parties arranged a Joint Settlement Meeting at which offers were exchanged. Mrs L eventually accepted a settlement offer of £125,000. Mrs L was understandably pleased that the case was successfully resolved and delighted at the result.
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