How to Categorize Pain
Pain is often categorized into four different classes. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, a Jacksonville motorcycle accident attorneycan evaluate your case and help you classify your level of pain.
Classifying Your Pain
Class 1 and Class 2 levels of pain are considered “mild” and “moderate,” respectively. However, serious motorcycles accidents can often result in Class 3 and Class 4 pain. The following will help you determine if your pain is considered Class 3 or Class 4.
Class 3: Moderately Severe Pain
If you are often in pain, and that pain is so severe that you would typically rate it a9 or 10 on a scale of 1 to 10, this indicates that your pain may be Class 3. Other indicators are:
Class 4: Severe Pain
- You can perform your usual daily activities, but only if you alter how you do them.
- There are many daily routine activities that you cannot perform due to the pain.
- You have moderate to severe distress, which is a direct result from the pain and is substantially related to the pain.
- You frequently take medication to alleviate pain symptoms.
- You have severe pain-related limitation of movement.
- You consistently demonstrate pain behaviors during an examination that appear to be in line with organic dysfunction (meaning, in agreement with the actual physical cause of the problem).
If you are always in pain, and that pain is so severe that you would rate it a9 or 10 on a scale of 1 to 10, this indicates that your pain may be Class 4. Other indicators are:
- You need considerable help when doing your daily activities.
- It takes you a long time to get dressed, prepare meals, or perform other basic daily activities.
- You are taking the maximum amount of painkillers prescribed on an ongoing basis.
- You feel like your pain is unbearable or out of control.
- You cannot submit to a physical examination because it is too painful.
- Your pain behaviors are in line with organic dysfunction.
If you are in serious pain due to a motorcycle accident and are in need the services of a Jacksonville motorcycle accident attorney, call John Fagan at 904-278-1000 to schedule a consultation.
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