Assessing Personal Injury Cases

Your Jacksonville injury lawyer must assess a number of factors when examining your case. These factors will play a role in how your attorney handles the case in court, and whether they decide to represent you.

Can Your Case Proceed?

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Before beginning work on your case, it is important to determine that it has not surpassed a statute of limitations. Your Jacksonville injury lawyer will investigate all applicable statutes of limitations, note their expiration dates and explain their consequences. Your lawyer will then examine what sort of affect they may have on proceedings for your case and the opportunities for a settlement. Statues of repose will also play a role in this initial investigation.

The Players

Your Jacksonville injury lawyer will need to consider the people involved in the case and what kind of claims they have made. First he or she will take note of your injuries, including whether or not they are permanent, and determine who can be sued. A comparison will be made of the plaintiff’s insurance policy and that of the defendant; your lawyer will examine any exclusions, potential coverage defenses, and policy limits that may apply. Should parties fall under different jurisdictions, this can also complicate matters.

The Case

Finally, your injury lawyer must determine if the case will have economic potential in court. Settlement offers may have already been exchanged. According to your insurance company or any clauses, your case may need to operate under alternative methods of dispute resolution. Your lawyer may decide that mediation or arbitration suits your case better, depending on the pros and cons of your particular situation.

Consult Jacksonville injury lawyer John Fagan at (904) 278-1000 to speak with an experienced attorney about your personal injury case.

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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