Subsequent Injuries

When someone sustains an injury to a part of the body in one incident and then reinjures Orange Park Injury Lawyer the same area later, complications can arise in the disposition of the original case. An experienced Orange Park injury lawyer is able to work through these complications.

Injuring the Same Body Part Twice

Your Orange Park injury lawyer might describe a case in which a client who sustained a back injury in a rear-end collision reinjures his back when he slips on his icy doorstep. His doctor begins treating him in August and continues through January, which is when he slipped. The doctor will find that keeping the two injuries separate is problematic. When the insurance company reviews the claim, they may put more weight on the slip-and-fall than on the auto accident. This may cause the settlement offer to drop in value.

Injuring a Different Part of the Body

In this situation, your Orange Park injury lawyer must show that a second injury to another part of your body is not unrelated to the first incident as it may have exacerbated the injuries you sustained originally. Conversely, the defense attorney must demonstrate that the two incidents are unrelated. Imagine that the victim’s neck, back and shoulders are damaged in a car wreck, and the result is chronic pain despite months of therapy. If sometime after the incident the victim falls down a flight of stairs and breaks his clavicle, proving that the fall was not the cause of the original injuries will not be easy.

What Might Help the Case

Testimony from witnesses or your physician describing the difference between the first and second set of injuries or medical documentation that provides evidence that you did not complain of reinjuring yourself the second time might be useful in your claim.

For Help

If you are facing such a situation, don’t wait. Call John Fagan, your Orange Park injury lawyer, at 904-278-1000 today.

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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