They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. In personal injury trials this is certainly true. Your Orange Park injury lawyer will likely want to use photos to prove the extent and severity of your injuries. This is particularly true if the injured body part is one that you probably wouldn’t want to display under normal circumstances.
Injuries Will Heal Over Time
It is wise to photograph any injuries that may heal or lessen over time (e.g., scrapes and bruises, or a black eye). Photos are the only way to preserve and convey the full character of the original injury, along with your pain and suffering, when a trial in the case may be a couple of years away. Photos are also effective in showing scars and deformities caused by an accident.
You Don’t Need a Professional Photographer
Your Orange Park injury lawyer may ask you to keep a photographic record of your injuries. Although photographs that you take may not be as high quality as professional photographs, they are probably sufficient. If you are keeping a journal, be sure to memorialize any changes in your treatment procedures. For example, if you have a broken foot, photograph your foot with the cast on and right after the cast is removed, to show any degeneration and abrasions.
Doctors May Take Photographs, Too
Doctors sometimes take photographs as well. For example, reconstructive surgeons often take photos at different phases of their treatment. Also, many doctors take photos during operations, particularly of monitor views during arthroscopic surgery. Photographs showing your medical procedures are also very persuasive. A doctor can explain what he did to treat your broken wrist, but the testimony would probably be tedious and dull. A picture showing a doctor handling your twisted radius and ulna bones would more clearly demonstrate the distress and agony you suffered while the doctor tried to piece your wrist back together.
If you would like to speak with an experienced Orange Park injury attorney about ways to persuasively present the evidence in your case, please contact John Fagan at (904) 215-5555.
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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