Steps in Litigating a Personal Injury Case: Discovery and Interrogatories

The first step in litigating a personal injury claim is called discovery. During this step, your First Coast personal injury attorney will attempt to acquire all of the information he needs to begin formulating your case. The defendant’s attorney will be doing likewise, and since you are the most significant witness to your own accident, you may be required to answer some questions from the defense’s side. These questions are presented to you in a written form called the interrogatory. You will be sent around thirty complex, multi-part questions. Your First Coast personal injury attorney may assist you with some of them, but for a majority of the questions, you are legally obligated to answer them yourself. These questions are usually about your injuries and about the circumstances surrounding your accident. You will also have to answer questions about your medical history, the details of your employment history, and your education. Your First Coast personal injury attorney will inform you when he needs the completed interrogatory by. Though it is not as dramatic as a trial, answering the interrogatory is an extremely important step in the litigation process. Your answers will continue to have major consequences as your case proceeds. Any mistakes you make can be used by the defense to dramatically weaken your case. Therefore, its vital that you give yourself enough time to answer the interrogatory, and that you do so with accuracy and thoroughness. The process of litigating a personal injury case may sound confusing and intimidating, but a knowledgeable First Coast personal injury attorney can get you the money you deserve. If you have been injured in an accident, call First Coast personal injury attorney 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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