Marks of a Good First Coast Personal Injury Attorney

If you are involved in a personal injury lawsuit, you may be wondering how to tell a good First Coast personal injury attorney from a bad one. A good, experienced attorney knows that his role is to try to “sell” the package of medical bills and lost wages as effectively as possible to get the claims adjuster to agree to it. There are several things that a good attorney does to facilitate this. It may seem counter-intuitive, but the better your attorney is able to work with the claims representative, the more the representative will be inclined to see your side and agree to a settlement. Your attorney should clearly communicate to the insurance company his theory of liability and provide full documentation of any allegations of monetary damages. Giving a “current” evaluation of your injury claim and providing the basis for that opinion might help. Your attorney might also try alternative means of resolving disputes before the case proceeds to costly litigation in front of a jury. Professional mediators and arbitrators are readily available and may be preferable to going to trial. Most importantly, a good personal injury attorney will establish a professional relationship with the claims representative by being willing to meet with the representative at his department, the attorney’s office, or another meeting place. Insurance companies do not encourage adjusters to leave the office for meeting attorneys and claimants, as it takes a lot of time out of their day; however, your case may be helped by meeting with the adjuster face to face. If you have further questions about how to deal with your claims representative, contact experienced First Coast personal injury attorney John Fagan 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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