What to Do After You’ve Been Injured in a First Coast Auto Accident

If you’ve suffered bodily injury as a result of a car wreck, the most important thing you can do is recover from your injury. The law mandates that you have to “mitigate damages,” meaning that you have to do all that is reasonably necessary to make a physical recovery. Your First Coast auto accident lawyer may need to present evidence of this attempted recovery in negotiations or at trial. This article explains how you can mitigate your damages stemming from an auto accident. In order to make an effort to improve your physical condition, you should take some (or all) of the following steps immediately after getting into an auto accident:
  1. Make an appointment with your doctor. Make sure to keep in touch with your doctor and maintain your doctor’s appointments. If you must cancel an appointment, let your doctor know beforehand. If the doctor’s records indicate that you were a “no show” for an appointment, this can be used against you when it comes time for settlement negotiations or trial.
  2. Attend all prescribed physical therapy sessions. If your doctor or hospital prescribes physical therapy as a means of recovering from your injury, keep your appointments and participate in the therapy. Physical therapy may help you recover from “soft-tissue” injuries such as sprains and strains. Try not to miss any appointments, but if you must, call in advance to make a cancellation.
  3. Follow the doctor’s orders. If your doctor prescribes medication or therapy or limits your activities, do exactly what he tells you to do. If your doctor advises you to make changes in your lifestyle (such as resting, staying home from work, or refraining from certain activities), try to follow your doctor’s orders, even if this means you’ll suffer a financial setback due to not working. (Your First Coast auto accident lawyer will try to recover lost earnings in trial or during settlement.) If you fail to follow your doctor’s instructions, the other party will use that fact against you, either in court or during settlement negotiations.
It’s important to mitigate your damages from a car wreck by trying to make a full recovery. Let First Coast auto accident lawyer John Fagan take it from there. He will diligently research and collect the facts of your case and advocate for you in court or during settlement. Call for a free case evaluation.

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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