If you experience your symptoms infrequently, you will have to explain their length or how often you feel them to a judge. A knowledgeable Augusta disability lawyer will be able to assist you in evaluating facts about your pain and properly scoring the intensity on a pain scale.
An Augusta Disability Lawyer on Frequency of Pain or Other Symptoms
If your symptoms have active and inactive periods, your Augusta disability lawyer will inform you that you must be able to explain how frequently your pain arises. Although ill-advised, some claimants do not provide a sufficient amount of information on this matter. Such individuals may simply tell the judge that they feel their symptoms “sometimes,” “occasionally,” or “once in a while.” The judge will have no idea how often they feel the symptom on a daily, weekly or annual basis. He may very well decide that you feel your symptoms only a few times a year, which is not severe enough for you to be considered disabled.
Therefore, your August disability lawyer will encourage you to provide plenty of information and examples on how often your symptoms come and go. You should be prepared to explain how often you feel the symptoms on a weekly basis, or, if you have weeks without symptoms, estimate their numbers per month or year.
An Augusta Disability Lawyer on Estimating the Duration of Your Pain or Other Symptoms
Your explanation of intermittent periods of symptoms must include the length of their duration. Your Augusta disability lawyer will advise you to:
1. Use the word “usually” instead of the more common “sometimes”in the description, and then,
2. give your estimation on how frequently the symptoms persist longer and how frequently the symptoms are shorter.
Your Augusta Disability Attorney on Estimating the Intensity of Your Symptoms
If you are asked whether your pain and additional symptoms fluctuate in intensity levels, you must be ready to elaborate on the variation of intensity on a daily or weekly basis. Your Augusta disability attorney may recommend that you use the numeric 1 to 10 scale occasionally used by therapists and doctors. The score of 1 would mean you feel virtually no pain, while the score of 10 indicates that you feel the worst pain imaginable. Make sure that you understand the scale and use it correctly, because it’s easy to exaggerate your pain intensity. A judge will expect to hear about your drastic reactions to a true level 10 pain, which include:
· Going to the emergency room
· Writhing in pain on the bed and unable to even use the bathroom
· Curling up in a fetal position due to the pain
Most claimants do not feel such excruciating pain, and those who allege a frequent pain at level 10 have misunderstood the scale. Expect your Augusta disability attorney to caution you about claiming a level 10 pain, since the judge is likely to question your credibility when he reasons that that you wouldn’t have been able to attend the hearing if you were experiencing that kind of crippling pain.
If you require a proven Augusta disability lawyer who is knowledgeable about pain symptoms and frequency, and other aspects of disability, please call the Law Offices of Wilkinson & Magruder, LLP today at 706-737-0771. The initial consultation is free.