MediationMediation is a meeting between those involved in a case to discuss a possible agreement or compromise. To protect the interests of both parties, an impartial mediator is present to hear the issue from both sides. Unlike a trial, the decision of the mediator remains negotiable until it is in writing. If a jury were to make a decision, it would be final and binding.
There are private and public mediations. Despite the different names, the information in both meetings are confidential and kept from becoming public record. A public mediation involves a mediator selected by the state, while a private mediation is selected at the cost of the defendant.
Mediation is beneficial because it:
Preparing for MediationYour attorney will prepare you for mediation well before the meeting time comes. The following paragraphs outline the main parts of mediation. Visit the Coye Law Firm's offices to speak with your attorney and to learn even more about this process.
1. Preparing what to say
Your attorney knows the important points to cover during mediation. He or she also knows that what is said can help or hurt a claim, so they may develop a list of things to discuss. Preparing for the meeting is a good way for you and your personal injury lawyer from the Coye Law Firm to discuss exactly what you want or need from your claim. It also is a good opportunity to anticipate questions from the opposing counsel.
2. Preparing appearance
A mediation is a formal occasion. Wearing appropriate business attire helps to show others that your claim is legitimate and needs to be taken seriously. This meeting can help or hurt your case, so it is vital to do everything you can to appear professional, including arriving on time and sticking to the points you and your attorney discussed.
3. Preparing for negotiations
Mediators are present at mediations for a reason. If you or the opposing parties start to become upset during the negotiations, express it to the mediator or your attorney. They will mention your concerns without turning the meeting into an argument. This is important because arguments rarely lead to productive outcomes, and in this case they can hurt your claim severely.
Before signing any paperwork at the mediation, discuss the outcome with your attorney. Although the meeting is designed to be a compromise, you may not be getting what you need in the agreement. If you do reach an agreement, be sure to get it in writing. If it isn't written down, it may not be legally binding. An attorney will know to do these things in order to protect your interests.
Call our office at 800-648-4941 to speak with someone directly about your upcoming mediation.
The Coye Law Firm is experienced in personal injury cases and our attorneys are ready to help you. Call our offices today to gain the representation of our personal injury attorney team and settle your claim.