There are many tricks that an insurance adjuster can deploy to get you to accept a lowball settlement offer. YourJacksonville personal injury lawyerwill be extremely familiar with all of these tactics. Most of them will occur when the defendant’s claims representative tries to discuss settlement options with you when your Jacksonville personal injury attorney isn’t present. That’s something that simply shouldn’t happen.
Types of Lowball Settlement Offers
An insurance company will do all it can to pay the minimum amount on a personal injury settlement. Your Jacksonville personal injury attorney will point out that one of the most popular tactics is to bring up the issue of taxes. The claims rep will declare that a settlement is going to be lower because the general damages are already considered tax-free. As your Jacksonville personal injury lawyer will explain, what those reps are leaving out is the amount of taxes you would already be paying when you earn money. In other words, there is no such thing as “tax free.”
If the claims rep for the other side talks to you without your Jacksonville personal injury attorney in the room, they could bring up your attorney’s fees. “Wouldn’t it be great if you can just do away with the lawyers?” they’ll ask. That way you would have more of a settlement to take home. However, without the involvement of your Jacksonville personal injury lawyer you might not ever reach the settlement negotiations.
Getting Your Fair Due
One of the goals of your Jacksonville personal injury lawyer is to get what is fair in terms of a settlement. An insurance rep might hold back all the items that the company would actually pay for just because you didn’t ask for them. For instance, something as simple as rental car expenses could be covered. However, if it is not part of an itemized list, the insurance rep could conveniently overlook that. Your Jacksonville personal injury lawyer won’t let that happen.
Your Jacksonville Personal Injury Lawyer Will Get The Best Offer
The reason you retain the services of an experienced Jacksonville personal injury lawyer is so that they can fight for the best offer on your claim. John Fagan has a long record of success in these types of cases. Find out if he can work for you by calling his office at 904-278-1000 to discuss you case.
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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