Being a Good Witness

If your Florida personal injury claim proceeds to trial, successfully making recovery will depend in large part on your ability to give effective testimony. This may seem daunting, but yourFloridapersonal injury attorney will help you prepare for this. With some coaching, you will be able to give very effective testimony. Here are some of the things he might ask you to do: First, it is very important that you are familiar with all the relevant facts about your case. It has likely been many months since your injury, so it would be a good idea to reread any depositions you give and any interrogatory answers you wrote to make sure you don’t contradict them on the stand. Review your medical history, and remind yourself which doctors you have seen, which hospitals you have been too, and what medications you have taken. Second, you have to understand that certain topics are off limits. Your attorney will give you a more specific list of topics to be avoided, depending on your case. However, for the most part, all claimants should avoid mentioning the insurance company. They are not party to this trial, and testifying about them may result in a mistrial. Finally, you should conduct yourself appropriately. Wear what you would wear to a PTA meeting. Do not make jokes on the stand. Be courteous to the judge and the other party’s attorney. If you have an experienced Florida personal injury attorney on your side, you will not need to be worried about your trial. 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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