An Orange Park Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Obtaining Proper Documentation for Medical Expenses

Orange Park Personal Injury Attorney In order to obtain your personal injury case’s maximum potential damages, your Orange Park personal injury attorney knows proper medical expense documentation is crucial. The following guidelines will help you and your attorney obtain the medical expense documents your case will require. Your Orange Park Personal Injury Attorney Should Ask You to Verify the Medical Records. Before submitting a demand to the insurance company, your attorney should send you the list of medical expense bills he or she has and request that you cross-check it with the record of expenses you have. By matching each medical bill with each medical visit, you can verify that your attorney has received copies of every bill you received. Before Mailing a Settlement Request, Your Orange Park Personal Injury Attorney Should Make Contact With All Your Medical Providers. One of the final steps your attorney should perform before mailing the insurance company a settlement request is to telephone each medical provider in order to determine if any undocumented medical bills are outstanding. Your attorney will want to determine: • If all bills have been completely paid; • If they have not, what bills are still outstanding?; and • If the bills in question have been included in the request for settlement. By taking the time to make sure no outstanding bills exist, your Orange Park personal injury lawyer will prevent the added expense, effort and time of dealing with bills that are discovered after settlement has occurred. Medical Expense Form The following expense sheet is an example of one you can utilize to keep track of all medical prescriptions, visits and other expenses. Client’s Record of Medical Expense Client Name: Injury Date: Date of Service    Medical Provider     Purpose of Service     Amount       Date  sent to lawyer 1/12/13              Dr. Ron Jones                  Check knee               $68.00                4/2/13 1/20/13              Drug Store                      Pain meds                  $17.90                6/1/13 [etc.] Obtaining Legal Counsel If you would like to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable Orange Park personal injury lawyer concerning your personal injury medical expenses, please contact John Fagan at 904-278-1000 and request a free 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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