Personal Injury Cases: The Function of Your Lawyer

Once you have chosen an appropriate First Coast injury attorney to handle your personal injury case, the two of you will have an initial meeting at which time you will inform him or her of the actual facts of your case. After that meeting, your attorney will begin to look into your claim. This process includes: (1) obtaining witness statements, police reports, and medical reports and (2) reviewing all medical bills. Your lawyer will also start the process of reviewing the appropriate statutory and case law that will be relevant to the facts of your case. Furthermore, your attorney will also get in touch with the opposing party’s insurance company. Once the preliminary investigation and contact with the insurance company is done, your attorney should stay in contact with you to ensure that: (1) you are doing what your doctors say to do with regard to your injuries; (2) you are trying your hardest to recover from your injuries; and (3) you are providing him or her with copies of all medical bills, loss of income information, and other accident-related expenses. Additionally, your attorney will be able to get your medical records via the use of an authorization form that you will sign in advance of him or her attempting to get those records. Once received, your attorney will review the reports and will keep abreast of the applicable laws that are closely related to the facts of your case. If you need a First Coast injury attorney, please contact John Fagan today for a free 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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