Additional special factors can affect the outcome of your personal injury case. If any of the following apply to you, talk to our Jacksonville personal injury attorney.
Report Your Accident as Soon as Possible
If you delay in reporting your accident after it happens, the insurance adjuster could question your claim. If you take the case to court, the delay could raise doubt about your Atruthfulness, and the level of doubt increases with the length of delay. For example, if you refused treatment at the accident scene but then went to the emergency room three days later, the adjuster will question your actions.
Mention of the Accident in Your Medical History
When you first seek treatment after an accident, you will need to provide your medical history. You should include information about your accident because the adjuster will review those records to make sure you accurately reported what happened. If you fail to list the accident, the adjuster might doubt your claim. If you failed to report your accident to a doctor, our Jacksonville personal injury attorney can offer suggestions on how to help.
If you have numerous prior medical claims, the adjuster might conclude that you are a “professional” and delay or deny payment. They could put you under surveillance and might even accuse you of fraud. You will reduce the risk of these accusations if your injuries are on different parts of your body. Discuss any prior claims a Jacksonville injury lawyer at our firm.
John Fagan, your Jacksonville personal injury attorney, proudly serves residents in the area after a car accident or other personal injury. You can reach him for further assistance 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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