FRESNO PERSONAL INJURY MEDIATION LAWYER HELP SETTLES CLAIMS
Mediation is viable alternative to litigation when it comes to resolving disagreements. Long-drawn-out conflicts with a spouse, other businesses, employees, vendors, customers and insurance companies can prove costly in the long run. Getting the parties together in a safe, confidential setting outside a courtroom is often the best way to resolve issues in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Mediation is an effective way to resolve conflict. The goal of mediation is for both parties to discuss their issues openly and to come to an amicable decision outside the court. During mediation, there is one neutral third person who will act as the mediator to help the two parties come to a resolution. This means that instead of each party hiring a lawyer to help work out the details, only one mediator is needed to work with both parties.
In a majority of mediations, you do not need a lawyer’s direct participation. However, if your case involves substantial property, money or legal rights, you may want to consult with a Fresno injury lawyer who supports the process and can advise you regarding the legal consequences of possible settlement terms. If you are considering mediation as an alternative, please call our Fresno law office today at (559) 222-4891 to find out how we can help.
Why Chose Mediation for My Personal Injury Case?
One of the reasons why many businesses and individuals prefer mediation over litigation is the high cost of going to court. Mediation is typically much less expensive than hiring a lawyer and going to court. The cost of the mediator is even shared by both parties. It also takes less time to resolve issues using a mediator. When you are involved in a court case, you will have to pay your attorney to prepare your case and argue with the other side.
If successful, your mediation will result in a settlement that satisfies both parties. If you do not leave the mediation with a signed agreement, you should at least have a signed memorandum that clearly sets out what you and the other party agreed on. You will then have the choice to decide if you want a judge to enforce the settlement in the future if the other party does not adhere to the agreement.
If, however, you do not reach a resolution in mediation, you have not lost anything. You still have the option of going to court. Only now, you know where the other party stands on a number of issues. You may choose to reenter negotiations or to go to court. But, in either case, you have the knowledge of what is important to you and to the other party involved.
Mediation v. Litigation in Fresno
Here are a few reasons to consider mediation instead of litigation:
- It is much less expensive than litigation.
- The decision will likely be fair and neutral.
- Nothing said during the mediation goes beyond the mediation. It is confidential.
- The majority of mediation cases take a fraction of the time compared to litigation.
- Mediation gives an opportunity for both parties to openly discuss their options and concerns.
Make sure you explore all of your options before taking your disagreement to court. It is always preferable to save money, remove stress and avoid court, and mediation provides you with that desirable option. Please call the Law Offices of Rick Banks to discuss your potential case.