Success With Disability Claims for Fibromyalgia



Bartolic Law handles Long Term Disability cases at all stages, from filing a claim to lawsuits under ERISA § 502(a). We are who the most discerning clients hire when an insurer denies their claim, and the one they wish they had when another firm loses their appeal and abandons the case. We are Innovative, Authentic, Compassionate, Transparent and Chicago strong. Bartolic Law is nationally renowned for our Innovative work:

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain throughout the body, usually manifesting as muscle pain and joint tenderness.
In addition to widespread pain, fibromyalgia can lead to sleep disorders, anxiety, impaired memory, IBS and other problems.
Considering how fibromyalgia can cause complex physical and mental symptoms, employees typically encounter obstacles in the workplace that limit productivity.

Success with Long-Term Disability Claims Involving Fibromyalgia

Bartolic Law helped many clients with Fibromyalgia get long-term disability claims approved, or denials overturned. In one case, a client came to us after exhausting pre-litigation appeals. We discovered that the insurer performed multiple vocational reviews and consistently noted it needed the client to have at least light physical exertion capacity to terminate disability benefits. After sending the client to an IME, who originally stated the client had only sedentary capacity, the IME changed her opinion days later elevating the limitations to medium exertion capacity.

After we sued under ERISA § 502(a) and confronted the insurer’s counsel about this, the insurer quickly put our client back on claim. In another client’s case, we successfully persuaded the insurer our client’s Fibromyalgia precluded even sedentary work after a benefit denial. Shortly thereafter, the insurer attempted to raise a contractual basis to deny benefits, which we overcame after filing a lawsuit. We know our clients would rather be working and earning a living than be disabled, and their claims are real. That is why Bartolic Law never gives up.

Fibromyalgia is another chronic pain disorder that can include widespread and persistent musculoskeletal pain, as well as mood issues, memory problems, sleep disorders, and fatigue. This condition can be triggered by physical or psychological trauma or stress, infection, or other health issues. In other cases, there is no discernible cause for fibromyalgia starting. Victims of fibromyalgia can experience debilitating pain that does not quit, and there is no cure. Medications might be necessary for pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety or depression.

The most common reason insurers give to deny Fibromyalgia-related long-term disability claims is that the severity of symptoms is subjective and self-reported. When challenging a denial, the best strategy is to create as much corroborating evidence as possible and create objective measures of your limits. Insurers sometimes hire doctors to review Fibromyalgia-related long-term disability claims who write that Fibromyalgia does not cause disability. When this happens, it is a good indicator the doctor cannot deny good evidence in your records. The best response to this is to pull out all the examination findings and records of your symptoms and highlight them.


If your fibromyalgia is progressing and making it difficult to work, don’t wait to contact an attorney.

Discuss Your Options with an Illinois Long-Term Disability Attorney

If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it can make it difficult to work or even engage in regular activities. It can be necessary to seek benefits by filing a long-term disability claim, and Bartolic Law can advise you of the best course of action. To learn how we can help, complete the questionnaire below, and one of our representatives will contact you.

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