The Aftermath of Litigation

At the conclusion of a personal injury lawsuit, the jury will hand down a verdict in favor of one of the parties. Hopefully, the jury renders a verdict in your favor. If this is the case, you may be eager to see your damages. Unfortunately, it will usually take a few weeks for the verdict to take effect. Your Florida personal injury attorney, as well as the attorney for the other party, will calculate the final amount of the verdict by looking at the costs associated with the trial, as well as attorney’s fees. If your case is clear on liability (fault of the other party) and you have prepared yourself well for trial, the chances are that you will win your case. Justice usually prevails. If the other party was truly liable for your injuries, the odds are good that you will win your trial. The truth will usually come out in trial. However, due to circumstance and the vagaries of human nature, even the best laid-out cases sometimes lose at a jury trial. If this is the case, the insurance company, in rare cases, may be willing to offer a small settlement to avoid an appeal. This, however, is extremely rare. Your Florida personal injury attorney will discuss with you the possibility of an appeal and its likely outcome. It will cost a lot of money to appeal, and while your lawyer will advise you, you will ultimately have to make the decision whether or not it is worth it. Whatever course of action you take, it will once again pay 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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