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- Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) solicitors
- What is a Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)?
- What are the symptoms of a FND?
- What causes a FND?
- How are FNDs diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for a FND?
- FND Support Group
- Compensation for a FND
- How will my claim be funded?
Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) solicitors
We are the leading solicitors for compensation claims involving FND and Chronic Pain. We have a proven track record of securing our clients the very best treatment and the compensation they need to protect them and their families for the future. So if you need a specialist FND lawyer to represent you, please call us today to see how we can help you.
Call us now on 01225 462871.
- The call will be free.
- You will speak direct to one of our highly specialist solicitors.
- You will not be hurried – we want to fully understand your claim.
- You will not be put under any pressure to instruct us. We want you to be entirely happy and comfortable with us before you decide to instruct us.
- Should you decide to instruct us, to ensure continuity, you will be represented by the solicitor you have already spoken to.
If we are instructed, in most cases we can act on a No Win/No Fee basis.
While it may seem unusual these days, we are solicitors who do like to meet our clients! If travelling to see us is difficult, wherever you live, we may be able to see you at home or at another location more convenient for you.
Keep up to date with the latest developments relating to FND and chronic pain more generally through our topical and regularly updated Blog.
What is a Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)?
A diagnosis of Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is given where somebody is suffering functional problems (symptoms) which appear neurological in origin, but where there is no identifiable structural damage to their brain and nervous system. Rather, the problem is with how their brain and body sends, receives and interprets signals. To use a computer analogy, it’s a software problem rather than a hardware problem.
“I was pretty much housebound but everyone thought I was a total fraud. I was so lucky that I then found Bruce Dyer who took over my claim. Bruce is so understanding and knew exactly how to get everything back on track again. I’m so grateful.” FG, February 2019 (£310,000 recovered for a FND)
See our FND Case Study.
What are the symptoms of a FND?
It is impossible to describe a ‘typical’ FND. People suffering FNDs can experience a wide range and often terrible combination of symptoms. Common ones include chronic pain, headaches, gait and balance problems, bowel and bladder problems, cognitive issues, sensory changes and changes in vision and speech.
What causes a FND?
The cause of FNDs is unknown. Sufferers often believe that as there is no identifiable structural problem their condition must be ‘all in their mind’. This is absolutely not so. As they know only too well, their symptoms are very real.
Until relatively recently, psychiatrists would often refer to people with functional symptoms as suffering from a ‘conversion disorder’. This was because it was thought they were ‘converting’ stress into physical symptoms. The problem with this theory is that not everybody suffering such symptoms is also suffering significant psychological problems. Many people simply suffer an accident or illness and then develop functional symptoms afterwards.
“Andrew Atkinson was superb from day one. I can’t praise him enough.” YT, October 2018 (£280,000 recovered for a FND)
How are FNDs diagnosed?
The diagnosis of a FND often takes a long time. A neurologist and psychiatrist will often work together to rule out any underlying structural and/or psychological problem. However, it would be wrong to say that a FND is simply a diagnosis of exclusion, ie if everything else has been ruled out, that’s what it must be.
Common tests include:
- A full health assessment and physical examination;
- A full psychological assessment;
- Imaging such as MRI scans and x-rays;
- EEG scans.
What is the treatment for a FND?
Symptoms can sometimes improve or resolve without treatment. However, most commonly, a combination of treatments and therapies are recommended. These often include:
- Physical therapy such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy;
- Psychological therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT);
- Medication, often including pain and antidepressants medication (although the latter often help target a number of different symptoms, not just psychological ones);
- Lifestyle changes to reduce stress and anxiety such as mindfulness, yoga and meditation.
“Not only are you a fantastic lawyer, you’re a genuinely decent human being. Thank you for fighting so hard for me.” ED, January 2019 (£300,000 recovered for a FND)
FND Support Group
FND Hope is a registered charity whose stated mission is to promote awareness of FND, support affected individuals and advance research for the prevention, treatment and recovery of the condition.
Compensation for a FND
We are the leading solicitors for compensation claims involving Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), regularly achieving awards well into six figures. Those results are only possible as a result of our unrivalled knowledge and understanding of FND and how to accumulate and build the evidence required for a claim to succeed.
As Functional Neurological Disorder lawyers we understand just how debilitating your condition is and the fundamental importance of protecting your and your family’s future financial security.
It’s a sad fact that most law firms have little if any experience of pursuing claims involving FND. In fact, the vast majority of our clients begin their compensation claims with other law firms they see advertising in the media, but quickly become disillusioned with their lack of knowledge and appalling levels of service. As one client told us, “BLB represented me, unlike my last solicitor who tried to process me through a sausage machine.”
BLB partner and FND solicitor, Bruce Dyer, said “that is not an uncommon reaction. Initially, with all new clients our focus is treatment. We need to help them achieve the best improvement possible so that our medical experts can more accurately predict any future limitations they may have. Armed with that information we can then begin the process of putting a valuation on the claim to take into account all future financial losses and needs.”
How will my claim be funded?
Most of our clients instruct us on a no win/no fee basis, although you may already have in place legal expenses insurance to cover your legal expenses.