Dealing with Forgetful Witnesses

A Jacksonville injury lawyer can determine which witnesses are forgetful by the number of times they reply with “I don’t remember” to the lawyer’s inquires. If the witnesses are telling the truth, then such responses are appropriate. But when witnesses clearly do remember the events or details in questions, and claim that they don’t, then those witnesses are lying.

Handling Forgetful Witnesses

A skilled Jacksonville injury lawyer can often tell if witnesses are telling lies (as opposed to being genuinely forgetful) or confused about the case. If forgetfulness is truly at the heart of the matter, an attorney can show documents or data to assist with recollection, or describe the testimony of other witnesses in the case. An attorney can also help witnesses remember by proceeding with questions similar to the one troubling the witness. He can then come back to the original question with the hopes that previous inquires jogged the witness’s memory. Finally, an attorney can ask a witness point blank if there is anything that could be done, specifically, to help recall details surrounding the event. Then it is up to the witness to make suggestions in this area.

For Questions and Assistance

Jacksonville injury lawyer John Fagan has what it takes to fight tough injury cases. If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else, you may have grounds for a claim to recover costs such as medical bills and loss of wages. Call 904-278-1000 today to discuss a 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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