What Is the Best Approach for Your Case?

Your Jacksonville injury lawyer knows that dozens of factors influence the value of your case in the eyes of an insurance company, a judge, and jurors. The inner workings of the courts at the state, county and even municipal levels vary greatly.

For instance,Maine,New Hampshire, South Dakota,Vermontand Wyomingare known for low value verdicts. True, these are less populated states. But it is telling that awards greater than $1 million were reached in fewer than 10 cases.

You will be interested to know that California,Florida, and New York verdicts on that level exceeded 500 for the same period of research. Our juries may be more moved by the pain and suffering of plaintiffs. Nevertheless, it is important to work with a Jacksonville injury lawyer who knows what to expect and which venue and jurists will boost the likelihood of success in your case.

Managing Witnesses

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In addition to the location of the trial, the quality of witnesses is another huge factor in predicting case value. Witnesses include those who can testify about:

  • liability on the part of the defendant,
  • damages, or
  • the pain and injury you have suffered.

Witnesses will also include:

  • expert witnesses, such as doctors or professionals, and
  • laypeople who know about the details of your accident.

If your only witnesses are close friends or relatives, their testimony may be viewed as biased and less reliable than impartial testifiers. Also, the way witnesses present themselves to a jury may increase or decrease their credibility even if they are doctors or experts. Witness testimony may be the most powerful determinant of the strength of your case.

Managing Expectations

Finally, your own expectations also matter. Are you someone who is pleasant and easy to work with? While aggressiveness and a type-A personality may seem helpful traits at a time like this, settlements actually tend to be higher for easygoing clients. If you are sympathetic, the jury will be more likely to take your side. As with most challenging experiences, your Jacksonville injury lawyer will want to keep your expectations reasonable because so many factors can degrade your case, as well as help it. You can read more about these topics here on our web site.

For legal representation by an experienced local personal injury attorney, call Jacksonville injury lawyer John Fagan at 904-278-1000.

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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