In a personal injury case, the first thing that a Jacksonville personal injury lawyer might do is determine a claimant’s liability to judge the case’s strength. Afterwards, he or she may analyze the defendant’s background and several other factors to estimate a potential settlement amount.
Determining a Claimant’s Liability
A Jacksonville personal injury lawyer will examine who is responsible for causing the incident and the claimant’s injuries. Both attorneys and insurance adjusters—who represent insurance companies’ interests—analyze liability to support their arguments for or against a settlement.
For instance, if a Jacksonville personal injury attorney can demonstrate that the claimant is an unfortunate victim who did not cause the accident, he or she could argue that the insurance company owes financial compensation as part of the claimant’s insurance coverage.
Investigating the Incident
A Jacksonville personal injury lawyer may investigate the incident and review the following case elements when considering liability.
Witness statements describing the accident
How the claimant’s actions may have contributed to the incident
The plaintiff’s insurance coverage
The possibility that a third party might be responsible for damages
Your Jacksonville personal injury attorney could gather this information and create a detailed report to present to the insurance adjuster.
A Jacksonville Personal Injury Lawyer Could Evaluate the Defendant and Other Cases
If the defendant is a prominent public figure or has undergone costly personal injury trials before, he or she may be more willing to settle favorably in order to avoid the hassle of a trial. Therefore, a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer will most likely examine the defendant’s background throughout the course of a case.
After doing this and prior to approaching an insurance adjuster regarding a settlement, a Jacksonville personal injury lawyer might also look into the settlement values of similar personal injury cases to form a better estimate of the claimant’s potential settlement amount.
Let an Expert Take the Reigns
A seasoned Jacksonville personal injury lawyer will be more adept at investigating a case and negotiating with insurance adjusters than the average claimant. Call (904) 278-1000 and let a practiced attorney from the First Coast Accident Lawyers look into your case today.
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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