Pain Treatment Factors

Let’s say that I have to see a chiropractor every month for years, or perhaps I’m on pain medication for an indeterminate period of time following my injury. Are these factors in my settlement case?

Yes. If you are prescribed pain medication, (a good example of the type of physical pain you’re in), oftentimes you go in and a doctor will ask you, “On a scale of 1 to 10, what is your pain?” You may describe it as a 9, whereas prior to the accident you never described any pain. Then, over time, and treatment, say after 3 months, while you always described it as a 9, it starts to go down to a 7, or a 6, and then after 6 months, it’s down to zero.

They can use that to quantify and say, “Here’s the pain, or the pain was bad for 3 months, and then it slowly decreased. And then, after 6 months, it was back to normal. But for the first 6 months, the client was in pain and had physical pain that is quantifiable, and that pain is only because of the accident.”

Yes. If you are prescribed pain medication, (a good example of the type of physical pain you’re in), oftentimes you go in and a doctor will ask you, “On a scale of 1 to 10, what is your pain?” You may describe it as a 9, whereas prior to the accident you never described any pain. Then, over time, and treatment, say after 3 months, while you always described it as a 9, it starts to go down to a 7, or a 6, and then after 6 months, it’s down to zero.

They can use that to quantify and say, “Here’s the pain, or the pain was bad for 3 months, and then it slowly decreased. And then, after 6 months, it was back to normal. But for the first 6 months, the client was in pain and had physical pain that is quantifiable, and that pain is only because of the accident.”

Attorney Patrick Leverty

Attorney Patrick LevertyWith his master’s in insurance law, Patrick routinely helps individuals and businesses who are having issues with their insurance company. He also has extensive experience with personal injury actions, complex tort actions, product liability matters, and class actions. Patrick Leverty is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell (the highest rating) and has been granted membership in the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, and Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum. Patrick Leverty has been certified as a Personal Injury Specialist by the State Bar of Nevada. [ Attorney Bio ]

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