What Happens to the Defendant in a Personal Injury Case?

Personal injury plaintiffs are often curious about what happens to the defendant or opposing party in a personal injury case, and a Jacksonville slip and fall attorney can tell you the answer.

Jacksonville Slip and Fall Attorneys Discuss the First Step

After your accident, the person, people, or company that you allegedly caused you harm will be contacted by the insurance company. Then, this defendant gives a statement to the insurance adjuster assigned to the claim. At times, these statements will be electronically recorded and then transcribed onto paper. If you want to know what happened in your particular case, you will need to talk to your Jacksonville slip and fall attorney.

Jacksonville Slip and Fall Attorneys Explain What Comes Next

The defendants typically continue with their everyday lives, hoping the insurance company will settle the case without having to involve them or your Jacksonville slip and fall lawyers. These parties will likely have very little contact, if any, with their insurance companies. If the case does not settle, that is when the defendant will have to be part of the trial that follows and thus participate in the litigation process. The defendant is the one whom the trial is really about, even if his or her insurance carrier ends up paying the claim on his or her behalf.

Contact a Jacksonville Slip and Fall Lawyer for Help

If you need the help and legal advice of a Jacksonville slip and fall attorney, call John Fagan today at 904-278-1000 to schedule 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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