Another option to resolve a case is to participate in mediation. Mediation is a process that enables the parties to a lawsuit to discuss potential settlement under the supervision of an experienced mediator. A mediator is usually a retired judge or lawyer who has had many years of experience and understands the issues.
In Richmond County (Staten Island) the juries tend to be tough on litigants who are requesting compensation for injuries sustained in accidents. Lawyers who practice in the area of personal injury or accident law know that it is always a good idea to attempt to mediate a case rather than risk their case in front of a Staten Island jury. If the facts of your client’s case are not crystal clear in favor of the client, mediation may be a good option.
Whether a person has been injured in a car accident, slip and fall, construction accident, or has been injured on a premises, the mediator usually understands the legal issues in each of these cases.
A good mediator has experience from both sides of the courtroom – i.e., representing plaintiffs and defendants (or deciding cases as a judge). As a lawyer who has been practicing law for over 26 years, I have the experience to decide which arbitrator is best for your case; whether it is a case involving car accidents, construction accidents, trip and falls, slip and falls, sidewalk cases, or premises accidents, I have the acumen to choose the right arbitrator for my client’s case.
In my next blog, I will discuss how to prepare for mediation and what to expect at a mediation..