Victims of personal injury accidents can choose to settle their case
, instead of going through a trial. Most cases are settled before the trial phase because victims often prefer a quicker solution and because litigation can sometimes be expensive.
The complexity of the case differs from one personal injury accident to the other and the decision to settle or to take the case to court is an important one. For those who want to settle, mediation
can be an option. Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers
can advise you on this procedure, depending on the type of accident and the case particularities.
Mediation for obtaining personal injury compensation
Mediation is an informal process that, depending on the case, can last as little as one day. It is essentially a negotiation process that unfolds in the presence of a certified mediator. This neutral third-party is responsible for guiding the discussion between parties, in a reasonable fashion.
Mediation is different from litigation
in that is does not rely explicitly on negligence: how the defendant was negligent and how the plaintiff suffered. Instead, the mediator will try to find a common ground between both viewpoints and maintain a less tensed negotiation. If you are considering this option for settling your case, one of our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys
can help analyze your case and give you more details on using mediation in your particular situation.
The value of the settlement
Although mediation is a collaborative process, plaintiffs are advised to calculate their settlement before entering the negotiation room. Knowing what to ask for will be useful, especially since some types of injuries also involve future medical costs.
If you choose to settle, either through mediation or simple negotiation, you forfeit the right to file a claim for a personal injury trial.
In mediation, both parties have the chance to express their opinions freely and in confidence. Negotiating a fair settlement
in mediation can be easier if you have a Los Angeles personal injury attorney by your side.