Contact with the Tortfeasor

Generally speaking, in the majority of cases, the truth of the matter is revealed and the case is settled in some way. Your First Coast personal injury attorney will carefully investigate your claim and obtain whatever witnesses, evidence, facts, and applicable law possible in order to support the truthful account of the incident. However, it is entirely possible that the tortfeasor in your case will not relay an honest account of the incident that caused your injury. The tortfeasor is the person, persons, or party that is allegedly responsible for the incident that caused your personal injury; therefore, the tortfeasor is the defendant in your personal injury case. In many personal injury cases, the tortfeasor may not relay an entirely accurate or even an untruthful account of the incident that caused the injury in question. Even in cases where it is obvious that someone was responsible for the incident, it is human nature for the person in question to deny liability, blame, or fault for it. An experienced First Coast personal injury lawyer will be used to dealing with tortfeasors who do not tell the truth. As frustrated as you might be with the tortfeasor, it is not a good idea for you to contact him directly. Any contact with the person or persons responsible for your injuries could jeopardize the settlement in your case. This is because anything you say to the tortfeasor, even something that might seem like an innocent comment, could be misconstrued and then used against you. If the tortfeasor’s account and not yours is the one that is deemed accurate by the insurance carrier, then you will proceed to the litigation phase and trial, if necessary. For the legal help that you will need to lead to the best possible outcome in your personal injury case, contact First Coast personal injury attorney John Fagan.

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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