What Will Happen During a Personal Injury Trial: Defense’s Case and Closing Arguments

The second half of a personal injury lawsuit is not too different from the first. After your Florida personal injury attorney presents your case, the defense attorney will present his case and begin calling witnesses. After each witness testifies, your attorney will have a chance to cross-examine them. After the last defense witness has been cross examined, the trial will proceed to closing arguments. During his closing argument, each attorney will summarize his case, going over how the evidence helps support it. Each attorney will then ask for a verdict. As the plaintiff, your personal injury attorney will be allowed to go first; then, he will be followed by the defense attorney. Following the closing arguments, the judge presiding over your case will have some instructions for the jury. The jury will then deliberate and produce a verdict. During this deliberation phase, the judge will not attempt to influence the jury as to their final verdict. The jury deliberations occur in a closed room and typically last a few hours. Once the jury has reached a verdict, everyone will return to the courtroom, and the judge will announce the verdict. This is when you will finally know for sure how much money you will receive for your personal injury case. The litigation process is very predictable and will not intimidate you if you have an experienced Florida personal injury attorney on your side. If you are not already represented by a Florida personal injury attorney, 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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