Personal injury lawsuits are quite common, but you may not be aware that mediation is a viable alternative method for settling personal injury claims out of court. While most personal injury disputes settle, rather than immediately contacting an attorney, you may want to consider hiring a personal injury mediator in Pensacola Florida to assist you in your negotiations. If you are involved in a personal injury case, contact a personal injury mediator in Pensacola Florida to discuss the benefits of mediation as opposed to litigation as a method of resolving your personal injury claim.
Personal injury mediation is a non-adversarial process where a disinterested third party, the mediator, facilitates settlement discussions amongst the parties to the dispute. The mediator must be agreed upon by both parties and the cost of the mediation can be shared. Mediator services are generally less expensive than the high retainer fees charged by most attorneys, making personal injury mediation a more economical alternative to traditional litigation. However, the parties to the mediation are free to hire attorneys to offer them legal advice and guidance during the mediation process if they wish to do so.
Many full-time personal injury mediators are also attorneys who no longer represent clients, while others mediate part-time and continue to represent clients as either a plaintiffs’ or defense attorney. While a mediator’s legal background is helpful, it is not the role of the mediator to act as an attorney for either side during mediation. Rather, a good personal injury mediator’s job is to be impartial and to facilitate cooperation, trust and communication between the parties in order to reach a mutually satisfactory settlement.