A Primer on Mediation
Your personal injury case has caused nothing but physical pain, financial hardship, and stress. You just want the whole mess to be over with. You also want to settle your case as quickly as possible for a fair recovery.
Jon Ostroff is a Certified Mediator. Over the past two decades, he has honed the negotiation and advocacy skills to settle his clients cases the right way. An insurance company may be unwilling to offer the recovery that you deserve. Jon can often convince the insurer to consider fair resolution of a case through mediation or arbitration, rather than through litigation.
What Happens at Mediation
Mediation is voluntary. No binding decisions are made. It is simply an opportunity for all parties to meet and discuss their case in front of a neutral mediator, and with the help of that mediator, attempt to settle their case. The mediator will be an experienced personal injury attorney or a retired judge. At a mediation session, the parties define the issues and propose solutions to their differences. A trained impartial mediator helps each party listen to what the other party is saying and come to a voluntary settlement. The mediator will not (and cannot) force an agreement. In the rare case that you don’t come to an agreement with an insurance company, you can still always pursue your rights in court.
Deciding if Mediation is Right for Your Accident Case
Jon will discuss all aspects of mediation with you before you decide to agree to mediation in your case. Here are some of the benefits of mediation:
- Mediation is faster and less expensive than litigation.
- You have more control over the outcome of your case. If you can’t reach an agreement in mediation then you simply walk away. You must fully consent to any settlement or agreement.
- You won’t lose any of your legal rights to recovery going forward.
- Mediation is confidential. Court cases are not. Many of our clients appreciate the privacy afforded by mediation.
- Parties don’t have to decide who was at fault for the accident and they don’t have to testify.
- No blame needs to be assigned. Instead, the parties can just agree to the amount of damages that will be paid.
- You and your attorney have an opportunity to hear from the other side. it can be very helpful to you and your lawyer if you have a clear idea of what your opponent views as the weaknesses in your case. Whether we agree or disagree with the other sides points, its good to know them in advance, and address them in advance.
A Fair Recovery
Whether you want to avoid court because it will take too long, it costs too much, or you simply don’t believe in suing, Jon can still help you obtain a fair recovery.
Jon’s experience with negotiating and advocating for his client in a mediation setting proves very helpful to maximizing the recovery that he gets for his clients. Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers has the experience necessary to effectively mediate a settlement, and insurance companies know it. Jon successfully settles more than 80% of his clients’ accident cases without ever suing the insurance company. Contact Jon Ostroff today to talk about settlement options that may be right for you.