Every day, individuals are injured on Florida roadways because of the negligent actions of others. When collisions occur, the parties turn to the personal injury claims process to resolve the situation. However, this process may be long and tedious, so many accident victims and insurance adjusters agree to mediate their dispute.
Benefits of Mediation
Some of the key benefits of mediation include:
- The mediator is unbiased and often has subject matter expertise regarding personal injury claims
- Issues of liability can be resolved
- The plaintiff has the chance to express how the accident impacted their life
- The plaintiff receives settlement funds sooner
- The process is private and confidential
How to Prepare for Mediation
If your mediation is successful, you will reach a mutual agreement with the other party. Speak to your personal injury lawyer beforehand about any added information and the settlement strategy. Come prepared to listen to the other side and learn the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Follow your lawyer’s advice on the negotiation.
How Long Mediation Lasts
Mediation may last half a day, a full day or several days, depending on the complexity between the parties and their willingness to resolve the case. If the parties are making progress, they may continue in mediation until an agreement is reached.
Contact the Law Office of F. Shields McManus
F. Shields McManus is a former circuit court judge, so he has an in-depth understanding of the litigation system and its limitations. Before that, he was as a trial lawyer who tried more than 100 jury trials and settled many more cases in mediation. Contact him to schedule your personal injury mediation.