It doesn’t take much to raise red flags when it comes to insurance companies and adjusters. A Jacksonville slip and fall attorney can tell you that wage loss makes adjusters very suspicious; they will want to know such details as the claimant’s specific job description, if the loss was gross pay, and whether the person is salaried or works for himself.
Adjusters also will want to ensure there are good income records. Many times, lost wages become an issue for those who work for themselves because there are no income records that can be evaluated. A Jacksonville slip and fall lawyer can tell you that self-employed people, such as physicians, accountants and attorneys, often have to find people to do their work because they can’t let it pile up and lose profits. Usually, lost wages in such cases is determined by the amount of money spent on hiring someone to do the work you couldn’t do.
Loss of earnings must be supported by injuries and medical reports that prove that the person can’t perform the job due to medical problems. There must be a direct correlation between the injury and the work time missed. However, any type of medical overtreatment or long absences from work will be looked at closely by adjusters.
Jobs That Raise Red Flags
Specific jobs are looked at much more closely than others when it comes to medical problems and lost wages. A Jacksonville slip and fall lawyer can tell you that adjusters take another look at cab/truck/ambulance drivers, iron workers, physicians, attorneys, police officers and those in the entertainment industry, such as actors, actresses and musicians. Additionally, it is not rare for adjusters to be suspicious of anything involving a rental car or truck since they are known to be used to engineer accidents.
Contact a Jacksonville Slip and Fall Attorney for Assistance
Lost wages and certain occupations may raise red flags for insurance companies. If you have been involved in an accident, call Jacksonville slip and fall attorney John Fagan at 904-278-1000.
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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