How Long Will It Take for My Trial to Occur?

Some of our clients are surprised by how long it takes to actually to get to trial once a lawsuit has been filed. The time between filing and the trial itself are influenced by a variety of factors. One important factor the judge’s case load. If your county or jurisdiction has many cases, or if not a lot of judges to hear those cases, you can expect the wait to be long. Some courts also give certain types of cases, such as criminal cases, priority over others. Another important factor is trial preparation. Some cases require more preparation than others, and there may be interrogatories or depositions to do before the case can even get in line to be heard by a judge. The prosecution’s case load may also be a factor. The prosecutor’s office often works many cases at a time, and if they have a heavy caseload, it may slow down the trial preparation described above. If your Florida personal injury attorney decides that negotiation with the insurance company is impossible and a lawsuit is your best chance to make recovery, then he will discuss with you approximately how long you can expect to wait to see your money. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your trial, this wait may take anywhere from less than a year to several years. Regardless of how long the wait is, a personal injury trial requires you to have an experienced Florida personal injury attorney on your side. Call John Fagan today for a free initial consultation.

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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