An experienced personal injury attorney in Jacksonville knows how important a solid open statement is. It’s the attorney’s opportunity to establish a theme for his client, and it’s also when jurors tend to be most attentive. By driving home a particular theme during an opening statement, a lawyer may be able to deflect the strategy of the opposing party.
Before your personal injury case goes to trial, your lawyer should walk you through a few ideas he may have for the type of theme he’d like to establish. While there’s no way to predict which direction he’ll take, the specifics of your case should shed some light on the matter. Also, familiarizing yourself with a few of the most popular options may help you get a feel for what to expect.
Simpler is Better
It’s not unusual for an injury lawyer in Jacksonville to come back at the opposing party’s very complicated explanation with a far simpler one. If your lawyer takes this approach, he’ll likely emphasize that the simplest explanation is often the correct one. Jurors may be swayed because accepting a more complex explanation tends to be trickier, and there’s usually a lot more doubt involved.
Finger Pointing Means Nothing
If the opposing side can confidently point to bad behavior on your part, it’s natural to feel that you are out of luck. However, a skilled attorney may be able to convince jurors that it’s merely finger pointing. He may point out that the other party wasn’t seriously injured, for instance, so bringing up bad behavior is more like character assassination than anything else.
Life May Be More Painful than Death
When a lawyer’s client is so seriously injured or incapacitated that his quality of life is irrevocably changed, he may take this approach. In this case, the client’s pain and suffering may be so severe that death could have actually been a more humane fate.
Promising but Not Delivering
Many attorneys are inspired by Napoleon’s famous quote about promising everything and delivering nothing and use it in an attempt to discredit the other side. This approach can be effective, but it should be used with care. Otherwise, it could may you appear to be selfish or greedy.
Limited Years Remaining
In an effort to convince a jury to be more merciful to a client, an injury attorney in Jacksonville may emphasize his client’s advanced age. By pointing out that precious few years remain, he may be able to sway them to go easier on his client.
Hire a Skilled Injury Lawyer in Jacksonville
Before worrying about the theme your lawyer’s opening statement will take, you need to find a qualified litigator. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact injury lawyer John Fagan at 904-278-1000 now.
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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