Permanency

Orange Park injury lawyers are well-schooled in factors impacting personal injury cases. It is helpful for you as a plaintiff to understand important concepts, such as permanency. Permanency is one of the hottest topics in Florida car accident cases.

Simply put, if your doctor diagnoses a permanent impairment or permanent disfigurement as a result of your injury, then the value of your settlement goes up significantly. It is painful and difficult to put a value on a permanent injury, but your attorney will work hard on your behalf to bring just compensation and some peace of mind.

The Impact of Disfigurement

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A similar factor in injury cases is permanent disfigurement, which understandably raises the value in even a small personal injury case. An injured party might have fairly low medical bills. Income loss may be modest and injuries bearable. But if permanent scarring or disfigurement was caused, the settlement value increases greatly. Scarring, particularly in women, is widely regarded as disfiguring, as are burns and dog bites, which can leave permanent marks and reminders of injury. Such marks are also visible to the jury, and that distinguishes them from pain and suffering; although pain and suffering have a hard impact on claimants, they are harder to show in evidence.

Your Orange Park injury lawyers will want any disfigurement to be evaluated by a specialist or plastic surgeon to determine permanency. Although any photo evidence is worthwhile, photographs of the injury are best taken by professionals, so the jury can have a high-definition view of the evidence.

For more information about permanency and other legal factors in Florida personal injury cases, call the Orange Park injury lawyers of First Coast Accident Lawyers at 904-278-1000.

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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