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Big Award for Fibromyalgia

Posted Dec 10 2009 6:00am
A woman has been awarded nearly $4 million by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for chronic pain and fibromyalgia syndrome.

“This latest judgment will set a precedent as it demonstrates powerfully and convincingly the importance and severity of fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndrome as disabilities,” said a release from law firm Singer Kwinter, which represented Diane Degennaro.

“This will demonstrate to the insurers, the public, and the legal system the severity of this disability and its implication on future judgments.”

According to the law firm, Degennaro was 30 years old when her son was admitted to a hospital. The woman was told she could sleep on a bed in the boy’s room, but when she sat on the end of it, it collapsed.

She fractured her tailbone and later developed fibromyalgia, which has caused chronic pain throughout her body.

She has been unable to return to work and doctors say she won’t be able to work in the future.

Source: Law Times, July 20, 2009

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