Mediation a Viable Approach for Georgia Personal Injury Claims


January 15, 2011

The process of mediation is becoming more popular as a method for resolving personal injury cases. The cost of litigation is rising and court resources sometimes lead to delays because criminal cases take precedence over civil lawsuits.

Mediation is a form of alternate dispute resolution that can be used to reach a settlement in a wide range of personal injury cases including:

  • Auto Crash Claims and Lawsuits
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Motorcycle Collisions 
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
  • Product Liability Cases

This list is hardly exhaustive as mediation can be used to facilitate settlement in almost any type of personal injury lawsuit. A mediation is basically an informal proceeding where a neutral third party, who may be an ex-judge or someone else approved by both sides, listens to arguments from both sides. Typically, the mediator will conference with both the plaintiff and the defendant individually in a confidential meeting and listen to each side's position. The mediator will discuss each party's position with them including the strengths and weaknesses of their respective cases to suggest potential settlement proposals. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we represent clients in the Atlanta area and throughout the state of Georgia in all types of personal injury cases including cases settled through forms of alternate dispute resolution, including mediation.

After a mediator meets with both sides confidentially the mediator will typically bring the parties together again and attempt to discuss possible settlement scenarios. Mediation is different than arbitration in that the mediator cannot make a decision that is binding on the parties. The parties can voluntarily agree to settle the case but the decision of a mediator is nothing more than a non-binding recommendation. The proceeding is conducted in a totally confidential manner. No notes or records of the process are admissible for any later purpose. If we are not able to reach a settlement that we think is fair for our client, we will continue litigation of the case including proceeding to trial.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by another person’s negligence, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, can help you get the compensation you deserve, as we have helped thousands of families do since 1984. Call Montlick & Associates today to see how our Georgia personal injury lawyers can help. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter were you are located, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. 

Category: Personal Injury

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