On any given day, thousands of preventable accidents are reported throughout the U.S. If you are hurt in a car accident that is attributable to someone else’s careless actions, you can pursue them for damages.
One of the options you can consider when pursuing damages is mediation. Unlike a civil lawsuit that is spearheaded by the court, settlement mediation is facilitated by a mediator whose primary role is to help the two parties to reach an amicable settlement. So why should you opt for mediation rather than taking the matter to court?
Here are two benefits of mediating an accident settlement:
It ensures privacy
Unlike the court process which is a public affair, mediation is conducted only between the affected parties and their legal counsels in the presence of a neutral mediator. As such, all discussions are conducted in privacy.
This can be especially helpful if the case involves sensitive personal information like your medical and financial records. And this is most often the case when a car accident leads to injuries.
It saves time
The time it takes to litigate and resolve a car accident case in court is largely subject to the court’s calendar. If the court is significantly backlogged, you can be certain that your case will be delayed.
With mediation, however, your claim will be resolved as soon as you and the responsible party reach an agreement. Basically, this takes a couple of days. This is extremely important if you want the matter resolved as soon as possible so you can get the compensation you deserve and move on with your life.
A car accident can leave you with injuries and property damage. Knowing your rights following the crash can help you effectively negotiate the right settlement for your damages.