Case Value Factors: Damage, Jury Appeal, & Defendant Quality

Jacksonville Accident Injury LawyerConvincing the jury of the extent of your damages in a car accident can be difficult. A good attorney can help you through the process, and help you receive much more than you could on your own. These days, damages to cars in accidents are much less than they were decades ago. Bumpers are stronger and can take more impact than ever before. Unfortunately, jurors are most impressed by the evidence provided of collision damage. Obviously, the more damage to your car, the more likely a jury will believe your injuries. A Jacksonville accident injury lawyer suggests you obtain pictures of all automobiles involved in your accident. Any car damage will help your cause. Significant damage to the defendant’s car will also help convince an insurance adjuster, as well as a jury, that your injuries are more substantial. Your attorney will prepare you for your appeal to the jury. The following questions need to be addressed:
  • What kind of person are you?
  • Will the jury like you?
  • Will your attorney believe in you and be able to positively represent you?
People who are unlikable are less likely to be favored by a jury. If your attorney believes that the jury will not like you, then your best option may be to take any reasonable settlement offer from the insurance company. Similarly, if the defendant is sketchy or not trustworthy to the jury, it may help your case. Some examples of bad defendants:
  • Drunk drivers;
  • Aggressive drivers; and
  • Negligent bar owners who let their patrons get too intoxicated
With bad defendants, your settlements may go up. However, in most small cases of this nature, defendants are usually average people who were negligent only for a few seconds. If the defendant is considered good, then the jury may be more sympathetic to the defendant and your settlement value will likely be lower. For more information on the factors regarding settlement in your injury case, contact attorney John Fagan at 904-278-1000.

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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