Most car accident cases are able to be successfully settled out of court through settlement negotiations during mediation. Mediation is a way for disputing parties to talk about their issues and make decisions with the help of a mediator to potentially avoid taking the case to court. Mediators are trained, neutral third-party guides that both parties must agree upon. If both parties are unable to agree on the mediator, the court will assign one. Mediators are not allowed to determine the outcome of a dispute. Rather, a mediator’s purpose is to help the disputing parties come to a solution by acting as a neutral presence to ease communication.
What Are the Benefits of Taking a Car Accident Case to Mediation?
You may have heard that mediation can be one of the most effective ways to resolve a legal dispute, but what are the advantages of choosing mediation over court for your car accident case? A few benefits of opting for mediation are that it:
- Provides a neutral party to discuss the case with. This offers an opportunity to gain a better understanding of both sides of the situation and help overcome any obstacles in communication with the other party.
- Gives you the power to decide the outcome of your case. Nobody can make decisions for you during mediation, unlike in court where you would be forced to gamble on what a judge or jury would decide.
- Is confidential. Trials and hearings are public, but mediation is almost always private, allowing you the freedom to speak freely.
- Can save you money. Mediation has the potential to save significant amounts of money that would otherwise be lost pursuing a trial.
- Offers an enforceable solution. Agreements made during mediation must be put into a contract and signed by both parties. This legally binding document is enforceable by the court.
- Allows flexibility. During a trial, the judge or jury will determine the final solution to a case, but with mediation, there is an opportunity to get creative with the solution. If both parties agree, a settlement agreement can be reached that is specific to your needs and allows an opportunity for both parties to leave satisfied with the outcome.
- Saves time. The formal trial process can be long and drawn out, so settling during mediation has the potential to save both parties from wasting precious time.
Mediation is often successful in reaching an agreement to resolve a car accident case, especially when you have legal representation. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to protect your rights during the mediation process and ensure that you obtain the best settlement for your car accident case.
Contact a Skilled Personal Injury Lawyer to Represent You During Mediation
Board-Certified Attorney Robert Baker seeks justice for clients who have suffered from injuries due to the negligence of others. He represents car accident victims during mediation and in court, if needed. When you partner with the Baker Legal Team, you will receive personalized services from our knowledgeable attorneys throughout your entire car accident case. We are strong advocates who aggressively pursue every claim and protect our clients’ legal rights at all times. Call (561) 320-0000 or complete our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.