Demand Letters in Car Accident Cases

orange park auto accident attorneyAs a precursor to litigation, an Orange Park auto accident attorney may submit a demand letter to the other side. Such a letter can establish the foundation for subsequent negotiations and resolution of the claim.

Preparation for the Letter

Your Orange Park auto accident attorney may recommend that you do not submit a demand letter until a physician has released you from his or her care or if you have reached the maximum healing expected in your treatment. Provide your attorney with all of the evidence possible to support your demand for damages, including medical records, medical bills, information from your employer regarding lost wages, witness statements, and doctor’s notes related to your recovery and any further treatment.

Summary of the Facts

Your Orange Park auto accident lawyer can explain that it is best to submit the facts in an objective manner. This gives the insurance company a chance to see how this information may be relayed to a jury. Include information about the direction that you were heading, the direction the other driver was heading, weather conditions and any actions you took to avoid the accident. Include the police report and witness statements to support your contentions.

Medical Treatment

In order to help establish your full claim for damages, your Orange Park auto accident attorney will need objective evidence of your damages. One of the primary forms of damages that you sustained includes any medical expenses you incurred for the treatment of injuries caused in the automotive accident. Include an itemized list of medical expenses, including the cost of ambulance transport, prescription medicine and medical aids you used like crutches. Include all expenses even if your insurance company covered them. Also, list the pain and other symptoms you experienced from your injuries.

Lost Income

You also need to detail any incomethat you lost because of the accident. Give your attorney information and evidence to show how much time you had to lose from work due to the accident and your regular wages. Your employer can help provide you with this information.

Miscellaneous Losses

If you have suffered any other kind of loss due to the accident, include this information. For example, the accident may have prevented you from being able to enjoy hobbies that you used to enjoy or may have affected your relationship with your spouse or children.

Legal Assistance from an Orange Park Auto Accident Attorney

 

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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