Defense Attorneys Make More at Trial

Defense attorneys make a living doing what they do best: litigating cases. Your Jacksonville injury attorney wants you to be aware of that dynamic. Attorneys bill by the hour and this may mean that defense counsel for the insurer has little incentive to settle your case quickly.

Once your personal injury attorney files a lawsuit on your behalf, be prepared to go all the way to trial, because the other side may not be motivated to settle—even if you are.

Some Insurers Won’t Settle Small Cases

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Your Jacksonville injury attorney knows how insurance companies and their defense firms operate. Some insurance companies are very conservative and seldom settle personal injury claims. The best approach in your case may depend on which insurer is involved. Depending on the particular company (ask your lawyer for details) the carrier may have a business practice of not settling small to medium range injury cases. Soft tissue injuries in particular may be difficult to settle.

Claimants without lawyers will not have the strength to fight in court and the insurer knows they will accept nearly any offer. The insurer also expects that most personal injury lawyers want to settle claims to avoid taking a suit to trail. It is for this reason that you need an experiencedJacksonvilleinjury attorney to represent your claim if you want the compensation that you deserve.

An Injury Attorney Will Help You and Your Claim

Since neither side has many secrets in their motivations, that makes it even more vital to your case that you work with a qualified attorney who will take the time and effort needed to prevail. If you have been injured, please call First Coast Accident Lawyers at 904-278-1000. As soon as you call, you’re granted a free, no-obligation consultation with a Jacksonville injury attorney; after you receive legal advice, you can make your next move from there.

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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