An experienced First Coast personal injury attorney knows to approach settlement negotiations of your personal injury claim with a sales approach: he or she is selling a package and wants to make it look as favorable as possible to the insurer.
There are several things a good First Coast personal injury attorney can do to accomplish this. The attorney will provide all the information an adjuster needs in order to justify the requested settlement offer, so that they can work together to resolve the claim. Adjusters are often overloaded, so your attorney should carefully write out a detailed request for all items of damage being claimed.
Another sign of a good attorney is that he or she performs beyond expectations. If the claims adjuster wants a narrative medical report from your treating physician, a good plaintiff’s attorney will go further and make sure to include legible nursing notes and other documentation to support the medical report. Sometimes, these notes or a hospital log can prove even more valuable than the narrative medical report. Nursing notes in the form of a diary showing progress (or lack thereof) of your recovery and complaints can make an even stronger case.
Furthermore, a good plaintiff’s attorney will anticipate the needs of the claims adjuster by sending a total amount sooner rather than later. The sooner the claims representative is given a dollar figure, the sooner they can set the appropriate reserve so the money is available when the claim is due to be paid.
If you have further questions, contact dedicated First Coast personal injury attorney John Fagan for a free initial consultation.
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.
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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