Settling Your Personal Injury Case

The goal of your First Coast personal injury attorney is to settle your case if at all possible before going to trial. This is not always workable, and even an experienced attorney will be unable to predict when and if a settlement will occur. What to expect if your case goes to trial Your First Coast personal injury attorney and his or her staff, will engage in an extensive amount of work if your matter proceeds to trial. Trial preparation can be very involved. He will perform these and many other actions in preparation for your trial: • Conduct legal research • Take depositions of witnesses • Submit interrogatories (formal questions to the opposing party) • Request relevant documents and other evidence from the opposing party • Prepare exhibits and witnesses for trial • Correspond with you, opposing attorneys, doctors, experts, and other potential witnesses A frequently asked question is whether you will be charged anything additionally if your case goes to trial. Fee arrangements differ between First Coast personal injury attorneys, and some contingency agreements provide for an additional percentage of the recovery if a case goes to trial. However in all matters, the fee arrangement should be spelled out in detail in writing to you up front. You should read the agreement carefully and make sure you understand it. What do you need to do if your personal injury matter goes to trial The best thing you can do once your case gets filed and set for trial is the following: • Listen and follow the advice of your First Coast personal injury attorney. • Follow through with all recommended medical care including physical therapy. • Keep all appointments with your doctors (if you cannot, be sure to call and cancel with good reason, and reschedule as soon as possible). • Try to keep stable –maintain the same job, home, etc. Try not to make major life changes while your case is pending. • Follow the advice of your doctors regarding limitations on your work and recreational interests. • Keep track of all your medical expenses and receipts. • Provide in a timely fashion any documents or other information requested by your attorney. • Keep in touch with your First Coast personal injury attorney. Be sure to provide updated contact information (i.e., phone number, address, email) if you make any changes. Contact John Fagan at First Coast Accident Lawyers, today at (904) 215-5555 for a free initial consultation regarding your personal injury matter

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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