If you’re injured in any type of accident, it’s important to immediately receive medical attention. This will give you a clear idea of your injuries, prognosis and treatment schedule.
As you recover, your attention will turn to your legal rights. For example, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the negligent party with the intention of receiving compensation for your injuries and other damages.
While many personal injury cases end up in court, this doesn’t always happen. Mediation is extremely common, as this gives you the opportunity to settle your case without going to court.
Here are five things you should expect during the mediation process:
- Lowball offers: There’s a good chance you’ll first receive a lowball offer, as the other party wants to see if you’ll take it. You may be tempted to accept the offer, but doing so could result in leaving a lot of money on the table.
- It’s time-consuming: You hope that things work out quickly, but mediation can last for several hours at a time, spanning many sessions. Since you’re in the same room as the other party, you need to mentally prepare yourself for a long day.
- Expect to hear legal terms: A lot of things will be said that you don’t understand. Let your legal team handle these terms, but don’t be shy about asking for clarification if you don’t understand something.
- Compromise: Mediation is all about compromise. If you want to reach a settlement, both sides must be willing to meet in the middle.
- Mediation may not work: You hope to settle your case in mediation, but if you don’t you’ll move to trial. If you’re able to come to an agreement, both sides will sign a formal agreement that becomes legally binding.
There are many benefits of personal injury mediation, including the fact that you have more control over the process. Also, most people find it less stressful than spending time in a courtroom setting.
If you’re injured at the hands of another party, don’t hesitate to learn more about your legal rights and the process of seeking compensation.
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