Your injury has likely left you with mounting medical bills. What’s more, you may have lost significant work time. All this has left you understandably anxious about getting a settlement in your persona injury claim.
Once your personal injury attorney has negotiated a settlement with the insurance company, you can expect to wait up to six weeks before receiving money. Why such a wait? Why can’t the insurance company cut the check right then and there and hand it over? Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as that.
Before you get your share of the settlement, several steps must be completed. First, the insurance company will require you to sign a release. This document will state that you are forever giving up your right to sue the party responsible for your injury, as well as the insurance carrier. It will detail the amount of your settlement and stipulate that you will be paid once the release is signed and received back.
Your First Coast personal injury lawyer will then write checks from the award to settle outstanding debts. These may include the medical providers who treated you, the auto repair shop if your car was damaged, and your own insurance provider if it paid for any of your treatment. If any liens related to these expenses have been attached to your assets, these will be satisfied, as well.
Your lawyer will then receive his fees. This may include cost of a private investigator, out-of-pocket expenses, his contingent fee, and any other costs he took on. Following this final payout, you will receive what is left.
If you have experienced a personal injury due to the negligence of another, hire an attorney who will work to get you the settlement you deserve. Call First Coast personal injury lawyer John Fagan today for 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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