Personal Injury Case Valuation Factors

If you are required to pay certain costs from your settlement, such as doctors’ bills, workers’ compensation liens, or medical payments to insurance carriers, then the amount payable to you will obviously be significantly less. However, if all of your medical bills were covered by a health insurance carrier that isn’t expecting to be reimbursed, then the amount left for you will be significantly higher. A knowledgeable First Coast personal injury attorney can further advise you with respect to the particulars of your case. Additionally, your attorney may be aware of certain statutes, case law, ordinances or legal standards that are applicable (good or bad) in your case. Nonetheless, if there are laws that strongly support your case, your attorney can cite to those in his or her argument, and accordingly, the settlement value may be enhanced. Keep in mind, though, that it oftentimes can take years before you are able to be heard in court. For instance, if it takes three or four years to go to trial in your jurisdiction and your case is already two to three years old, it will be very hard for a jury to have compassion for a litigant who may have suffered pain from a soft tissue injury that lasted for six months or so several years prior to his or her testimony. All in all, your final settlement figure will be based on a variety of factors and it is rare that all of those factors will line up in your favor. One factor can make or break you when it comes to the ultimate value of your settlement. If you need a First Coast personal injury attorney, please call John Fagan for a free 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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