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Is Mediation the Best Choice for My Case?



If you’ve been involved in an accident, you may want to know what options you have to seek compensation for the harm someone else has caused you.

In each personal injury case, a client will have options. It takes an experienced attorney to properly assess the situation and help the client understand which method of resolution will suit their case the best.

Personal injury cases can take a very long time to settle or go through trial. The entire process can take several years. While you’re waiting for that, you may be asked (or court ordered) to go through an alternative dispute resolution procedure called ‘mediation.’ In mediation,  both parties sit down with an independent third party called a mediator, who helps them come to an agreement.

There are some great things about mediation that you should consider when dealing with your own personal injury matter.

Mediations are not held in a courtroom and are therefore a bit more informal. For many clients, this environment is less stressful and makes them feel more comfortable. Mediations also are a time-saver. Mediations may take a couple hours or even a couple days, but trial cases can go on for years. Another consideration for mediation is the cost element. Going to trial is expensive. You need to pay for research data, reviewing of medical reports, expert witnesses, travel, accommodations, videographers and much more. There is a cost of mediation but is much smaller in comparison to all these other costs, plus the fee is split between the two parties.

Whether you’re looking to settle your case, go through mediation or take it to trial, our experienced attorneys are here to help guide you through the process. We’re here to help make the best decision for you and your family.

To learn more about mediation, I encourage you to watch the video above and to explore our educational website at https://www.elkandelk.com. If you have legal questions, please call us at 1-800-ELK-OHIO. I welcome your call.

Gary Cowan