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So you've been in a car accident, and you've filed suit (or are considering a suit) against the other party. However, the idea of going to trial and all the costs involved have you thinking twice.
You just want to be compensated for you injuries and damages as quickly as possible.
Have you considered car accident mediation?
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is one of many alternative dispute resolution programs that offer litigants a way to work out their issues outside of a courtroom.
In a car accident mediation, litigants sit down with a neutral mediator who facilitates a settlement discussion between the two parties. Both sides are given a chance to present their case and their demands. The mediator may help by explaining to each party the pros and cons of the demand and offer. The mediator will not push one side or the other to accept a settlement.
If the parties come to an agreement, they can settle the case without going to court. If neither side can agree, both parties can walk away from the mediation and proceed with litigation.
For parties who want to settle their case quickly, car accident mediation could be a more cost and time effective option than traditional litigation.
Do You Need a Lawyer to Mediate a Car Accident Case?
While you're not required to have a lawyer in the mediation session with you, it's generally a good idea to at least consult a lawyer beforehand. A lawyer can:
Of course, if you want to get a quick settlement in mediation, but don't want to do the negotiations yourself, an attorney can represent you. Just make sure your attorney understands what your goals are and what you want to accomplish in mediation.