Today (Friday, 25th March) marks FND Awareness Day – a day to raise awareness about a common neurological (brain) condition that many people still don’t know about.
Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is a brain disorder that involves how the nervous system works. It means the brain is unable to send and receive signals properly.
People with FND can experience a broad range of symptoms, including seizures, paralysis, tremors or twitching, weakness in the limbs, walking difficulties, dizziness and hypersensitivity to light, sound, smell, touch, or taste.
Other symptoms that may be experienced are short-term memory difficulties, poor concentration, difficulties with speech, problems with vision, sleep difficulties, headaches or migraines and bladder or bowel problems.
Although the exact causes of FND are unknown, the condition can be triggered by psychological or physical trauma following an accident.
Lack of help and support for FND
FND symptoms are believed to be the second most common reason for referrals to a specialist doctor (neurologist) after headaches and migraines. Despite this, the lack of knowledge and understanding of FND means many people don’t receive the help and support they need.
Today, people are joining together across the globe to raise awareness by sharing their stories, running events and social media campaigns, using the hashtag #Voices4FND.
FND Action, the organisation behind FND Awareness Day, says:
“Too many people with FND are being left to struggle on their own, desperately trying to find any care and support that may help.
“We advocate for accessible collaborative care for those who have been diagnosed, to ensure they are given the best opportunity to a quality of life that is maintainable.”
Can I get compensation for FND?
At Novum Law, we specialise in assisting people who, because of an accident, develop symptoms of FND.
Claire Sagala, a solicitor from our Swindon team, specialises in serious personal injury claims and understands how complex FND cases can be. Claire says:
“People with FND often experience symptoms that go up and down. While they may learn to develop coping strategies to function on a day-to-day basis, it greatly affects their quality of life. This can be extremely frustrating to live with and makes it difficult to get the right diagnosis and treatment.
“Unfortunately, in personal injury compensation claims, Defendants or their insurers are not always sympathetic about FND symptoms and deny responsibility for causing FND after an accident. Sometimes they will even make use of covert surveillance evidence to suggest the Claimant is not being honest about their symptoms.
“At Novum Law, we know if you have FND you’ll have good and bad days. We have substantial experience of FND compensation claims and understand how to respond effectively to objections from Defendants, including the use of surveillance.
“We fully support FND Awareness Day. It’s crucial to develop greater understanding about FND symptoms so that people can receive the diagnosis, treatment and support they deserve to help them live a full life.”
How Novum Law can help if you are suffering symptoms of FND
If you are suffering symptoms of Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) due to an accident or injury that wasn’t your fault, contact our specialist solicitors today.
Our specialist personal injury teams will leave no stone unturned to secure maximum FND compensation. For a FREE, no-obligation chat, call 0800 884 0777, email email@example.com or complete our online enquiry form.