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Joseph Coughlan

Joseph Coughlan

Coughlan's Law, PLLC.
  • Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury
  • Florida
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First and foremost, I’m a regular Joe, just like anybody else.
I know what it’s like to deal with insurance companies when a loved one is suffering through expensive medical treatments. When I was growing up, my sister battled a serious illness, and my family had to fight constantly to get her the treatment and benefits she deserved.

No stranger to hard work, standing up for those in need, and giving back to the community, I spent over a decade working in and operating group homes for developmentally disabled adults and children before law school.

While attending Florida A & M University College of Law in Orlando, Florida, I proudly served as Business Managing Editor for Law Review and Student President of Stonewall LGBTQA Association. My summers were spent interning for Orange County Public Schools and local personal injury attorneys. Preparing to enter the legal practice in my final year, I clerked with the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims.

After graduating with honors, I began working with insurance defense firms. It was a great starting place where I gained valuable experience. But, I had enough of the unfairness I saw coming from insurance companies and the ways they treat good everyday people. I made it a point to go out on my own to represent the underdog. People like my sister. People like us. The people who deserve it most.

Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
J.D. (2015)
Honors: Graduated cum laude top 10% Academic Merit Scholarship Award (2013-2015)
Activities: Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity (2012-2015) George C. Young American Inn of Court (Student Member 2013-2015) Law Review (Staff Editor 2013-2014) Law Review (Business Managing Editor 2014-2015) Stonewall LGBTQ Student Association (President 2014-2015) Central Florida Gay & Lesbian Law Association (Student Memeber 2014-2015)
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Professional Experience
Coughlan's Law, PLLC.
- Current
Gee & Lee, PLLC.
Plaintiff's attorney focusing on personal injury and workers' compensation claims.
Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.
Attorney focusing on the defense of workers' compensation claims.
Thorne & Associates, P.A.
Attorney focusing on the defense of workers' compensation claims.
Interning Law Clerk
Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
Legal intern observing mediation and courtroom events for workers' compensation claims within the Orlando Division of the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims.
Legal Assistant
Fulmer LeRoy & Albee, PLLC.
Assisted in obtaining discovery, drafted medical summaries, and compiled workers' compensation case files for the defense of claims.
Legal Intern (Summer)
Orange County Public Schools
Reviewed formal complaints and supporting documents for the compilation of case files for the defense of EEOC and Title VII discrimination claims.
Legal Intern (Summer)
Troutman, Williams, Irvin, Green, Helms & Polich, P.A.
Summer intern at plaintiff's personal injury law firm. Assisted in obtaining discovery and compilation of case files for the prosecution of claims.
Professional Associations
The Florida Bar  # 0117497
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
The Florida Bar
ID Number: 117497
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  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
    Workers' Compensation
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Legal Answers
Q. Personal injury
A: I need a bit more information to respond to your post. Is the formal letter you are referencing a request for the Insured's policy information? If so, my answer is in two parts. First - yes, insurance companies are mandated by law to provide that information within 30-days of a written request. However, the law does not specify the consequence for failing to do so and that issue has been handled differently by various courts throughout the State of Florida. Feel free to let me know if your question is in regard to another issue.
Q. FL-I fired a lawyer. I was not happy with the lawyer do I have to pay the lawyer a percentage of a ending settlement
A: Typically it will depend on your contract of representation. While unpleasant, it is not uncommon for attorneys to assert a lien against a settlement even if they were fired before the case settles. In such cases, they will have to formally put you on notice of the lien and the contract will most likely dictate that their lien is against any amount offered in writing during their representation. So, if they obtained a written offer for $10,000.00 but you later settled the case for $100,000.00, the contract should specify that their lien is only against the $10,000.00 portion.
Q. I fractured my arm at work and was told by a doctor that i was healed and could go back to my normal job.
A: The short answer is yes, you should speak with an attorney. Workers' Compensation laws in Florida are very technical and time-sensitive so it is important to keep a close eye on your claim and fight for the benefits you deserve. Please feel free to let me know if I can be of any further help.
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Coughlan’s Law, PLLC
P.O. Box 609003
Orlando, FL 32860
Toll-Free: (888) 675-0312
Telephone: (407) 440-1911
Fax: (407) 440-9896
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