Mediation Attorneys for Serious Personal Injury cases
Mediation is a commonly used process to resolve conflicts either before or after a lawsuit has been filed.
In the mediation process, both parties appear before a neutral third party, called a mediator, and discuss issues surrounding their situation. Attorneys are generally present for the discussion, and they insure that their clients’ interests are well-represented.
The most significant benefit is that both parties often feel as if they played a role in arriving to a conclusion. At Collins, Collins & Ray, our skilled mediation attorneys have negotiated favorable outcomes for many clients.
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Mediation can save both parties time and money. Going to court can be an expensive endeavor, and cases can often be continued for months or years.
Mediation is often used to resolve cases where a suit has been filed and a face to face effort to settle is necessary to address any number of disagreements. Sometimes mediation is ordered by a judge in an effort to avoid going to court if possible; other times, mediation is voluntary.
Both parties appear before a neutral third party mediator instead of a judge, and disputes can be settled on terms they jointly agree upon.
Having a lawyer on your side who will make sure your voice is heard and that your rights are protected during mediation is the key to obtaining a favorable outcome.
Mediation is confidential. Anything that is said in mediation cannot be used against a party should the case go to court.
In addition, there are no significant risks to trying to resolve conflict through mediation. Even if a resolution is not reached, it can be a productive way to identify issues important to each party, as well as strengths and/or weaknesses in each side of a case. This can be helpful to know if the case does end up going before a judge.
The attorneys at Collins, Collins & Ray have had significant success in guiding clients through the mediation process. Let us help you.
What Does a Mediator Do?
Mediators do not take sides in conflicts. They are there to provide guidance in identifying:
- Issues that need to be resolved;
- Pros and cons of each side;
- Areas in which both parties agree;
- Areas where compromise is needed.
Mediators do not make a final decision in the conflict; instead, they help both parties to explore possible resolutions. They often suggest options and alternatives, but ultimately the final decisions are left up to the parties and their attorneys.
Mediation can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. The time it will take depends upon your case and how willing each party is to negotiate.
Mediation for Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death Cases
It is often in the best interest of dependants and surviving family members looking to restore loss of income and other financial hardships to resolve the matter as soon as possible.
Mediation is voluntary, meaning both parties must agree before they can go before a mediator. Likewise, if one party decides during mediation that they no longer want to participate, mediation can be stopped and they can move forward with building a court case instead.
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Contact Collins, Collins & Ray Mediation Attorneys
Our experienced attorneys will review your case and let you know if they believe mediation is an option for you. If it is, we will be there for you each step of the way to make sure you are well-represented.