Classifying mild to moderate pain

If you are seeking legal counsel for injuries you have received, classifying your pain is an important step in reaching a settlement. An qualified Jacksonville injury lawyer can advise you on the use of this medical classification in a personal injury trial.

Evaluating mild pain

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Pain is categorized into four general classes. The first, mild pain, must meet certain criteria. Using a scale of intensity and frequency to determine severity, mild pain may be established via a physical examination that tests limitations and reactions. For example, if the patient exhibits few reactions to the pain, and few “over-expressions” such as grimacing or moaning, the pain may be classified as mild. The injured party expresses little distress, and does not experience much aggravation during daily activities. Lastly, to qualify as mild pain, the injured party’s pain must not require regular medical treatment. Your Jacksonville injury lawyer will look over these medical documents when preparing your case, and utilize the data to obtain a corresponding settlement.

Evaluating moderate pain

To determine moderate pain, you may consult much of the same criteria listed above for mild pain. For example, moderate pain is also measured on a scale of severity that examines intensity and frequency. However, the injured party must demonstrate difficulty conducting daily activities, and a moderate reaction to pain, including “pain behaviors,” under examination. Should your injury also require consistent medical treatment, your pain may qualify as moderate pain.

Speak with a qualified Jacksonville injury lawyer for quality guidance with your personal injury case. Call First Coast Accident Lawyers today at (904) 278-1000.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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