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Chronic pain and fibromyalgia


The Supreme Court of Canada has recognized that objective medical evidence is not required to establish chronic pain. As recently as 2006 it dealt with an appeal involving a party who had both chronic pain and fibromyalgia. The Court did not question the validity of either condition. Indeed, rheumatologists diagnose people with fibromyalgia every day.

The Canada Pension Plan has long recognized fibromyalgia as a bona fide medical condition for disability benefit purposes.

Nevertheless, lawyers for insurers continue to hire doctors to testify in courtrooms for the purpose of arguing that fibromyalgia is not a real medical condition.

Yet the reality is that chronic pain and fibromyalgia are compensable conditions which can entitle you to long term disability benefits, and awards for pain and suffering.

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