How Does Mediation Work?
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Florida Injury Attorney Explains Benefits of Mediation, a Form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Mediation is one way to settle contention between the defendant and plaintiff in a lawsuit. In this video, Florida dispute resolution attorney Mike Eidson explains how the mediation process works and the legal benefits of mediation. Mediation is part of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) meaning it does not take place in the court system or with a judge. Instead, mediation works with attorneys and parties involved in a dispute or lawsuit to settle the suit in a cost-effective manner while satisfying both parties. Then, the agreement can be taken to court to obtain a judgment that is enforceable.
A lawyer can do as little or as much as he wants, depending on whether or not he or she wants the case settled in mediation and how cooperative the insurance company is.
Usually the plaintiff starts high, the defendant starts low and the mediator tries to get both sides to see the weaknesses of their case. They try to get the insurance companies to see the strengths of the plaintiff’s case and they do the same thing to the plaintiff. The mediator beats you up and they beat up the plaintiff. This is usually the first time the plaintiff’s ever heard the other side of the case. It’s usually better for both sides to compromise. If the lawyer’s doing the right thing and brings cases that have some merit, there’s usually a dispute. There’s usually two sides to most cases. Mediation is really good at getting the two sides to come together through the work of a really good mediator and the fact that the two sides have to come and listen to each other in the same room. If you need help with a legal problem, call Colson Hicks Eidson, 305-476-7400.