Personal injuries can be devastating. Endless doctor visits, pain, restrictions on your lifestyle – they can all take a toll. You need a First Coast personal injury attorney who will help you get the compensation you deserve. However, once you do hire an attorney, there are things you will be asked to do to assist with your case.
Probably the most important thing you can do from the outset to help your First Coast personal injury attorney is to keep thorough documentation of everything related to your case:
• Detail all medical appointments, including physician names, dates, treatment, medication prescribed, and follow-up treatment recommended.
• Keep records of all lost work time. Have copies of old paycheck stubs to turn over to your lawyer. Indicate for each incidence of work time missed, the reason, date, and number of hours.
• Make a list of all witnesses who can attest to your injuries.
• Maintain correspondence with, and return all phone calls to, your attorney.
• Answer all questions your attorney may ask. You may wonder why certain questions are relevant, but your attorney knows what will help win your case. Trust your attorney.
• Take pictures as your attorney asks.
• Be truthful and forthcoming in answering questions from your attorney. If you are not honest, it may work against you later. Your attorney can only help you if you provide all the information that is relevant to your case.
• Sign all forms your attorney asks you to.
If you’ve suffer an injury, contact experienced First Coast personal injury attorney John Fagan today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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.
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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