What Makes a Strong Mental and Emotional Injury Case?

One of the first things an accidents attorney in Orange Park will tell you is that each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. However, there are definite factors that tend to make a mental and emotional injury case strong. The strength of your case correlates directly to the dollar amount of any settlement or award. accidents attorney in Orange Park Some of the factors that your accidents attorney in Orange Park can further explain include: 1.       The Presence of a Physical Injury A case that involves only mental injury damages is often more difficult to prove than one with both physical and mental injuries. While certainly real and provable, mental injuries tend to be more subjective and the medical evidence less persuasive than one finds with physical injury. If a physical injury is present, it bolsters the credibility of the injured party’s entire claim. There is some logic to a conclusion that the trauma of the physical injury in conjunction with the physical injury itself, led to the mental and emotional damages. Additionally, severe physical injuries fulfill the “stressor” requirement of post-traumatic stress disorder. 2.      The Nature of the Defendant Typically, a case against a large corporation, especially one that may be in public disfavor, results in a larger dollar recovery than would a similar case brought against an individual defendant.  The reality is that you do not get to choose your defendant. In some cases where an individual defendant acted particularly egregiously or perhaps intentionally, or was in a position of trust, such as a psychiatrist or elder care worker, it may expose that individual to a very large verdict or significant settlement. Evaluate the Strength of Your Case John Fagan, an accidents attorney in Orange Park, can explain your rights and craft a strategy for success. Mr. Fagan provides a complimentary, no-obligation consultation, by calling (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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