John Wellington Wesley

John Wellington Wesley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Fort Walton Beach, FL

Wesley, McGrail & Wesley
 | 88 Eglin Parkway Northeast, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Phone: 850-244-0999
Fax: 850-244-0973
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

It is a great honor to be selected as a Rising Star by Florida Superlawyers Magazine for the years 2012, 2013, & 2014.   My practice is limited to catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, and death claims, as well as workers' compensation claims involving third party liability. I am Board Certified in Civil Trial litigation, and am recognized as an expert trial attorney.  I was selected by the President of the Florida Bar to serve as one of twelve attorneys in the State on the Civil Trial Certification Committee.  I have also been selected to The Top 40 under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers. Attorneys in my firm have been assisting accident victims in Northwest Florida since 1975.  We routinely represent accident victims in Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa, Leon, Bay, Escambia and other Panhandle counties.  I have cultivated longstanding relationships with medical providers in our community which enable my clients to compete on an even playing field with even the most well funded defendants and insurance companies.  Not all attorneys have the skill, financial resources, and willingness to take personal injury cases to jury trial.  My firm does, and we regularly try multiple cases to verdict every year.  Personal injury cases require an attorney who focuses on that area of the law.  Not all attorneys can draft a contract or write a will, and certainly not all attorneys can handle the complex issues involved in personal injury litigation.  If you need an expert trial attorney in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Pensacola, Navarre, Rosemary Beach, DeFuniak Springs, Panama City, Seaside, Tallahassee, or any of the surrounding areas, please give me a toll free call at 877-744-0999 to set up a free consultation.  You may learn more about my firm, our experience, or arrange for a free consultation by visiting us on the web at www.Wesley-Law.com

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

About John Wesley

Admitted: 2001, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.wesley-law.com/About-Us/John-W-Wesley.shtml

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial litigation by the Florida Bar.  Less than 7% of all Florida attorneys are Board Certified.  Board Certified attorneys are the only Florida attorneys recognized as experts or specialists in their field., 2013

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • For the third year in a row, I was selected by the President of the Florida Bar as one of twelve attorneys in the State to serve on the Civil Trial Certification Committee.  This Committee is charged with reviewing the applications and verifying the qualifications of Board Certification applicants, reviewing and revising the Board Certification examination to enusre it fairly tests for the expertise required of a Board Certified trial attorney, and grading the Board Certification exams to determine whether an applicant displayed the requisite knowledge, skill and expertise to become Board Certified.  The Committeee also reviews recertification applications from exisitng Board Certified attorneys to determine whether they remain qualified amd actively engaged in civil trial litigation.  , 2018

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $2,100,000.00 total settlement recovery (2017)- settlement on behalf of two plaintiffs injured in a single vehicle accident on Interstate highway.  Claim alleged defective highway construction and maintenance allowed water to accumulate on road surface leading to loss of control.  Driver lost control and impacted guardrail, before vehicle began overturning into median.  Both plaintiffs ejected, with one suffering catastrophic injury to spine resulting in paraplegia.  Liability was hotly contested, with all parties retaining multiple experts.  Case settled after multi-day mediation.  With the funds, paralyzed client was able to purchase wheelchair accessible home and vehicle, and has annuity which will pay monthly for life. , 2017
  • $2,500,000.00 Jury Verdict (2017)- Claim against GEICO insurance company for UM benefits.  Client was injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a drunk driver.  After accepting the policy limits from the adverser driver's insurance company, case proceeded against client's UM carrier who refused to tender the $50,000.00 UM benefits. Client had extensive MRI evidence of disc herniations and had undergone pain management injections, without significant releif.  Fusion surgery was recommended, but had not been accomplished at the time of trial.  Jury returned a verdict that was overwhelmingly supportive of the plaintiff, which is currently on appeal. , 2017
  • $620,264.00 jury verdict- (2015) My client was rear-ended on the Destin Bridge by a reckless driver operating a commercial vehicle.  While the impact was not severe, the client ultimately required rotator cuff surgery and cervical fusion surgery. Defendant driver and his employer challenged liability alleging a sudden stop and disputed extent of damages. Jury returned a verdict in favor of the Plaintiff. , 2015
  • $491,539.11 jury verdict- (2015) Client and his work crew were painting bicycle lanes on Memorial Parkway in Ft. Walton Beach, Fl. Defendant, a minor, was late for Senior Class pictures and was driving at an excessive speed while attempting to apply make-up. Defendant struck the rear of the parked truck client was sitting in on the shoulder of the road. Client sustained injuries to his neck and developed a headache syndrome requiring regular pain management injections (radiofrequency ablation). Trial court allowed jury to consider punitive damages based upon reckless disregard of defendant. Jury returned a substantial verdict including compensatory and punitive damages. Case was settled post-judgment for a confidential amount in excess of the verdict based upon entitlement to attorney's fees and costs from Defendant. Case also required negotiation and resolution of the workers' compensation lien. Case involved Bad Faith claim against State Farm for failing to offer the Defendant's $50,000.00 insurance limits., 2015
  • $1,312,700.00 judge verdict- Fort Walton Beach chiropractor suffered several thoracic spine compression fractures after attic access stairs fell out of newly constructed townhome.  Client was invited to premises and was attempting to inspect over-attic storage when accident occurred, causing him to fall 9 - 10 feet onto concrete floor.  Injuries required client to hire another chiropractor to take over practice, although he continues to oversee entire clinic.  Damages included cost of hired employee, future medical expenses, loss of the enjoyment of life, and consortium damages for spouse.
  • $368,195.33 jury verdict- Verdict after two day trial in rear-end motor vehicle accident which occurred in Destin, Florida- very minor property damage- permanent cervical injury requiring on-going chiropractic treatment- settlement prior to trial with adverse driver for policy limits ($10,000.00)- trial against uninsured motorists carrier who had a $50,000.00 UM policy- Plaintiff’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees and Costs was settled for an additional $62,786.33, Defendant paid $50,000.00 policy limits and attorney fee and cost settlement amount after judgment was entered.  Plaintiff later reached confidential settlement amount substantially in excess of policy limits after filing “bad faith” lawsuit in Federal Court in Middle District of Florida.
  • $400,000.00 settlement- Client from Marianna, FL severely injured in a rear-end accident involving commercial tow-truck while traveling on Highway 73.  Client sustained both cervical and lumbar injuries, and underwent cervical fusion surgery.  Client was on social security disability at the time of the accident and no lost wage claim was presented.  Settlement was reached at pre-suit mediation.
  • $537,500.00 jury verdict- Rear-end automobile accident, permanent injuries, lifetime chiropractic treatment, inability to return to work as home health provider following accident, jury verdict following 4-day trial of $507, 311.30. Total recovery shown includes settlement of additional attorney's fees and costs due from Defendant.
  • $1,400,000.00 settlement-Worker rendered quadriplegic after 20' fall from ladder- settlement with employer and workers’ compensation carrier providing for future medical expenses and wage benefits- client continues to work full-time with accommodations provided by employer- settlement was structured through annuity company and has a projected lifetime payout of over $2,886,000.00.

Industry Groups

  • Florida Justice Association
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Office Location for John Wellington Wesley

88 Eglin Parkway Northeast
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

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Last Updated: 10/6/2016

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