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Definition of disability
The Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) defines disability as a physical or mental impairment having a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Some conditions, such as cancer, Multiple Sclerosis and HIV infection, are automatically treated as a disability under the Act. Others are not.
“My doctor diagnosed Fibromyalgia after my road accident but my last solicitors really didn’t take me seriously. I eventually contacted BLB and Bruce Dyer looked after me. Bruce really understands Fibromyalgia and got the top specialists on board. It was a fight but we won. I will always recommend Bruce and BLB.” AK (£475,000 recovered)
Is Fibromyalgia a Disability?
Demonstrating that Fibromyalgia has a long-term and substantial effect on an individual’s daily life can lead to its treatment as a disability under the Act.
Recognising that fibromyalgia has the potential to fall within the Act is crucial in ensuring that people affected do not face discrimination and can access benefits that would otherwise be denied to them.
“You proved to me in our first telephone call that you understand Fibromyalgia. Your confidence won me over and I’m so pleased it did!” GT (£350,000 recovered)
BLB Chronic Pain & Fibromyalgia Blog
Keep up to date with the latest developments relating to fibromyalgia and chronic pain more generally through our topical and regularly updated Chronic Pain Blog.