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.Jacksonville motorcycle accident attorney 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:
  • 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).
Class 4: Severe Pain   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.
Contact Us   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.

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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