In a personal injury case, such as a car accident, the process of mediation can serve to expedite final resolution of your case. Cases can go to mediation at the request of a Judge and/or mutual agreement of the parties involved.
The purpose of mediation is to expeditiously and fairly facilitate settlements. Effective mediation can finalize claims much more quickly than litigation and trial. It is also much less expensive than litigating a claim.
Mediators are trained professionals usually attorneys or retired Judges. They have much experience with the types of cases that they are mediating and can effectively narrow the issues and offer reasonable settlement options.
The result of the mediation is usually not binding on the parties. This means that if either party is not satisfied with the result, they are not bound by the rulings and can go forward with litigation. In other instances, the parties can agree beforehand that the mediator’s rulings will be binding and therefore cannot be appealed to the Courts.
Regardless of whether or not the mediation is binding or non-binding, your rights should be protected by an experienced attorney who can present your case in a clear and persuasive fashion.
If you have a personal injury issue or question, please feel free to contact our office for a free consultation.