How much is Your Personal Injury Case Worth?

Your Orange Park injury lawyer will explain the numerous factors that contribute to the overall strength of your personal injury case, and the maximum compensation you can expect to receive. Some of the factors that may affect the value of your case include:

Your Expectations

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Not only are your expectations important, it is also important for you to determine what your expectations are. Clients who are easy to work with may obtain higher settlements than clients who are difficult. Your Orange Park injury lawyer will most likely attempt to lower your expectations regarding the case’s value. This is because many variables have an effect on the settlement, such as the quality of potential medical testimony, the quality of supporting witnesses, and comparative negligence.

Quality of Witnesses

Your Orange Park injury lawyer is well aware that the value of your settlement is significantly impacted by the quality of potential witnesses. These include damage and liability witnesses, and both lay and expert witnesses. Your case will be weaker if the only witness you have to support liability is a friend or relative than if you had several impartial witnesses. Your case will also be weakened if the doctor involved does not want to testify, has never testified before, or does not testify well. To put it briefly, your case is only as good as your evidence, and most often your evidence is dependent on your witnesses.

Venue

Very low verdicts occur in some particular states, some particular counties, and some particular municipalities. For example, according to Jury Verdict Research, Inc. of Pennsylvania, the states Maine, New Hampshire, Wyoming, Vermont and South Dakota have had less than 10 one million dollar verdicts. On the other side of the aisle, Florida, New York and California have had more than 500 verdicts over one million dollars. Jurors in some areas do not seem to be readily moved by suffering, pain and emotional injury in small cases. This is particularly true if the trial takes place three or four years after the injury occurred. Therefore, when evaluating settlement offers, your Orange Park injury lawyer may advise you to take into account your particular county or jurisdiction.

If you have incurred a personal injury and would like to visit with a competent and experienced Orange Park injury lawyer, please call John Fagan 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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