Personal Injury Claims Involving Minor Injuries

Accident cases involving minor injuries involve some particular legal issues. A First Coast personal injury attorney can help you file a personal injury lawsuit, even if your injury was “minor,” and you may entitled to more damages than you think. A “minor injury” is an injury to the body that does not result in lasting or permanent injury, and that does not, after the injury has healed, restrict the person from performing any activity he or she was able to perform prior to the injury. The type of injury will be reviewed closely by the insurance company by looking at medical reports, hospital reports and other documents. The insurance carrier will identify the likely areas of disagreement, for example, the true severity of the injury, whether it truly manifests in pain and discomfort, and whether the injury was present at all prior to the accident. They may try to claim that the injury was an existing one that was exacerbated by the accident but not directly caused by it. This problem is more likely to occur if you claim non-observable injuries such as sprains, strains, and soft-tissue injuries. Even if the carrier does not question the injury’s existence, the insurance adjuster may try to push back on how severe or painful it is. In cases involving primarily subjective injuries, plaintiffs need to demonstrate that the injury truly exists by referring to its effects and results, such as an inability to work, cancelled engagements, and severe lifestyle changes. If you have further questions about your personal injury case, contact 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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