Mediation – A Florida Requirement

Here in Florida, our courts require personal injury cases to go to mediation prior to trial. Many times the case is more appropriately dealt with at mediation as opposed to trial, so let me explain to you the mediation process and what you can do to be prepared for that. The mediation process is simply where we sit down with the attorney for the insurance company, a representative with the insurance company itself and a mediator. Both sides give a factual overview of their version of the case and then we actually begin discussing settlement of your case. Don’t worry you don’t have to do any talking at the mediation. We do all the talking for you. Your case has been worked up to the point where you’ve received your medical care. Your deposition has been taken by the insurance company’s attorney and now they know a lot of the information they need to properly evaluate your case. Things that you can do to prepare for mediation are; if you needed to use some medical device after your accident but don’t currently use it such as a neck collar after surgery, crutches or a walking cane bring those devices with me to the mediation. Mediation many times is the first time the insurance company representative is to see you in person and like the deposition we want to impress that person with what you’ve gone through since you were injured. Obviously our goal of mediation is to get the best settlement we can for you. Any information that you can provide to document and demonstrate how your life has changed by your injuries is extremely helpful. Pictures or video are important. Logs and journals that you keep on a regular basis that not only include your medications and doctors visits but simple notes on how you were feeling or what activity you passed up because of your injuries on any particular day is just as important. Documentation will help us get the best result for you at mediation. Although our courts in Florida require each case to go to mediation there is no obligation for you accept the offer being made by the insurance company. In fact, many times we have to walk away from the table in order to get a more appropriate settlement value for your case. But being prepared, being able to show the insurance company how serious your case is including your injuries is just as important at mediation as it is in every other step of your case. If you’ve been injured, if you have questions or if you think you have a case, give us a call. We can help. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.comCheck out our latest podcasts on iTunes for free.

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