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If you or somebody you care about sustains an injury caused by the actions of another individual or entity, you will likely be able to recover compensation for your losses. However, the process of recovering this compensation can be challenging. The vast majority of personal injury claims are resolved through settlements with insurance carriers, but that is not always the case. Sometimes, personal injury lawsuits are necessary, and this is where we may run into the mediation process. Here, we want to discuss what personal injury mediation is.
We mentioned above that the vast majority of personal injury cases are resolved through settlements before they go to trial. The reality is that most cases are uncomplicated enough that a settlement is a quicker and less expensive route to resolve the matter. However, there are times when lawsuits become necessary, particularly if the injury victim and the at-fault party or insurance carrier cannot reach an agreement.
In many situations, personal injury mediation may be ordered by a judge. When this occurs, the mediation will be conducted by a neutral third party of whom both sides agree to use. Usually, the mediator will be an experienced personal injury attorney in Orange County or even a former judge who has handled these situations on behalf of parties for years.
If you have to go through personal injury mediation, there are various steps that will be common to most mediations that you should be aware of beforehand: