The First Evaluation in Personal Injury Cases

When you meet your Orange Park injury lawyer for the first time, two crucial things will happen. One, you will determine if this is the right person to legally represent you. Two, the lawyer will decide if it is in his best interests to take your case.

First Evaluation

As a rule, an Orange Park injury lawyer only accepts “winnable” cases (i.e., ones that result in a payoff for the lawyer). The lawyer will be looking at what type of client you are and whether taking on the case would result in a profit for the firm. The lawyer must see if your claims sound feasible or if he feels you’re exaggerating. He also needs to assess whether you will make a sympathetic storyteller – one that can win the hearts and minds of jurors. Finally, he wants to see if you can clearly and concisely express what happened to you.

Looking at Insurance Coverage and Injuries

Be sure to bring your insurance information to the first meeting with a lawyer – he needs to know the amount of coverage that you have. He also will try to figure out how much future treatment you will need, and how that may translate into eligibility for a settlement or award.

Call a Skilled Orange Park Injury Lawyer Today

John Fagan has what it takes to fight tough injury cases. He knows you are hurting and need money for recovery—both physical and financial. Call him at 904-278-1000 today to discuss your 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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