If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, and the at-fault party has insurance, mediation might be the best way to resolve your personal injury claim.
Many people are wary of this method of resolving claims because they aren’t sure what to expect from it or whether it will actually lead to compensation. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your mediation experience, so you can choose whether or not mediation works for you.
1) Document your losses
Your personal injury attorney will help you come up with a list of all your current losses, which may include out-of-pocket medical expenses, property damage, wages you’ve lost during recovery, and future wage loss. Your lawyer will refer to these when negotiating a settlement amount with your insurance company.
2) Prepare yourself physically and mentally
If you’re going to sit down at a table with an insurance adjuster and your injury lawyer, you need to be in tip-top shape. Staying fit will help make sure that your injuries are as healed as possible. And if you’re not feeling up to par, chances are, your attorney will want to reschedule until a better time—and they’ll also want to know why.
3) Know what to expect during mediation
As with all court-related matters, a lot can happen in mediation. It’s good to know what to expect before you enter into it. Here are five tips to help you get the most out of your experience
4) Work with an attorney that you trust
Remember, your attorney’s job is to help you. He or she has a vested interest in winning your case, but he or she also has a responsibility to act in your best interests.
Even if you feel pressured into going through mediation, make sure that you choose an attorney who will represent your needs and do his or her best to ensure that justice is served.
5) The day of mediation
When both parties show up prepared, mediation can run more smoothly. Be sure to bring all relevant documents with you. Take notes and don’t be afraid to interrupt; your lawyer is there to help you understand what’s going on.
If possible, you should also take a friend or family member with you. They can help by acting as an extra set of ears and eyes, especially if they have knowledge about insurance law or experience participating in similar cases.