Factors Determining the Value of Your Personal Injury Claim

If you are involved in an accident, you may be entitled to seek damages for the injuries you suffer. A First Coast personal injury attorney can help you make the strongest case that you are entitled to recompense. Evidence of Physical Injuries But you may not be aware that all injuries are not equal when it comes to insurance claims. Harsh physical injuries, such as broken legs and permanent deformities, are worth more in damages because they are easily documented and easy to prove how serious and expensive they really are. By contrast, soft-tissue injuries and complaints of severe pain and emotional suffering are worth far less, because they are completely subjective and insurers are reluctant to trust that claimants are telling the whole truth about them. Whiplash injuries or pain that results from strained backs are worth less in damages, as insurance companies, as well as juries, are more sympathetic to objectively provable injuries with evidence. Documentation of Lost Income Another factor where documentation matters is loss of income. If you had to take time off work due to your injuries, it should be easy to claim lost wages if you are paid regularly, either hourly or on salary, and can provide documentation of how much you would have been paid for the time off. But a self-employed worker who doesn’t keep good records of time worked and billed will have a tougher time making the argument for lost wages. For more information about how your case is evaluated, contact First Coast personal injury attorney John Fagan.

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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