A Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident Attorney Explains Why Insurers Are Less Likely to Settle

The Impact of Lawyer Advertising

An aggressive approach in the pursuit of obtaining personal injury clients and an influx of advertisements for law services has hurt the reputation of personal injury trial attorneys, as a Jacksonville motorcycle accident attorney is well aware. Though some lawyers have benefited from often cheap-looking ads, juries have also been affected. A Jacksonville motorcycle accident lawyer can explain that the chances of a small or medium case winning a significant verdict are weakened when jurors see these tasteless ads.

The Number of Insurance Claims Has Soared

A Jacksonville motorcycle accident lawyer can explain that due to attorney advertising, a boost in public awareness and an overabundance of lawyers, the number of personal injury claims in the nation has risen. This has forced insurance carriers to push cases into litigation or offer smaller settlements.

Small and Medium Case Verdicts Are Suffering

During the past several years, there has been an uptick in the number of small to medium cases that have resulted in low verdicts. A Jacksonville motorcycle accident lawyer can tell you that these verdicts are significantly lower than settlement requests and final offers made before trial. Due to this, insurance carriers are becoming more willing to take their chances at trial.

There Is More Competition

Changes to some states’ workers’ compensation laws have brought about an increase of lawyers. This has forced defense firms to compete for insurance carrier business, leaving some firms to bid on jobs. Since the pool of available attorneys is so large, insurance carriers can retain attorneys at lower costs. In turn, this gives insurance carriers the opportunity to spend small amounts of money to hire attorneys to defend cases they would likely have settled. Taking this route often saves the insurance carrier money because the plaintiff likely will take a low-paying settlement offer. A Jacksonville motorcycle accident attorney is therefore aware that insurance carriers are discouraging claims because they are forcing so many cases to go to trial.

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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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