What Can I Expect At The Beginning of a Trial?

If your Florida personal injury attorney decides that your only recourse for making recovery on your personal injury claim is a lawsuit, you might be intimidated by the prospect of actually appearing in court and worry about what to expect. The good news is that trials follow a very specific format, and neither you nor your Florida personal injury attorney should be surprised by anything when the trial actually occurs. Trials begin when the presiding judge calls the attorneys, their clients, and the potential jurors to the courtroom. Attorneys from both sides will have a chance to engage in what is called “voir dire” where they interview potential jurors to try to screen out jurors whose biases might compromise a fair trial. A jury of six to eight people is selected. Then, attorneys will have a chance to make their opening statements. These statements do not present any evidence or arguments; rather, they outline the general conclusions that each attorney will try to prove during the course of the trial. Following this, attorneys will begin calling witnesses for direct examination. Witnesses on your side will testify about your injury and its effect on your life. They might include family members, friends, coworkers, and your doctor. After each examination, the attorney from the other side will cross-examine each witness, asking clarifying questions or trying to find flaws in their testimony. An experienced Florida personal injury attorney will coach you through a trial long before it comes time to step in the courtroom, and he will know how to get you the damages you deserve. Call John Fagan today for a free initial consultation.

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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