Personal Injury Mediation
Personal injuries occur all the time and many of them result in protracted and frustrating legal battles. They might involve automobile collisions, slip and fall incidents, dog bites, workplace injuries, and more. Regardless of the original cause of the injury, mediation can provide a peaceful, more efficient path to resolving the legal issues that are so often a part of these cases.
If you have been injured in a personal injury incident in which someone else was negligent and responsible for what occurred, you have a lot to consider. For instance:
- Cost of your medical bills
- Permanency of your injuries
- Limitations or restrictions you have due to your injuries
- Lost wages from time off work you incurred
- How it has affected your life overall
In many personal injury cases, injured parties believe the insurance companies evaluate only the amount of economic damages but fail to consider all the other costs associated with his or her injuries. Mediation can help an injured party ensure her or his voice is heard and their position is understood.
Mediation offers an opportunity for everyone involved to share his or her side of the story. The injured party can tell the insurance company how their life was affected by the incident and the insurance company can explain what they deem is fair compensation for the circumstances. All of this is done under the direction and guidance of a third-party neutral individual – the mediator.
Mediation is one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to resolve a personal injury case. It can be less expensive for everyone involved and can eliminate the need to hire expert witnesses, take excessive amounts of time off from work, and convince a jury of your position.
The process also puts those most affected by the outcome in control of the process and how it is resolved. In a jury trial, strangers to the case make the decision as to how much must be paid. Each side presents their case and hopes for the best. In mediation, both sides have control over the outcome and the process is not completed successfully unless both sides agree.
If you are involved in a personal injury legal battle and believe mediation could make it easier to resolve Charles Schoemaker can help.
Charles has more than 40 years of litigation experience and has represented both sides of cases as an attorney and is able to bring a balanced approach to the negotiation process. He understands that the courtroom is not always the best place to resolve a personal injury dispute. He uses a mediation style based on the belief that the purpose of the process is to assist both sides in finding a resolution that is suited to their respective needs.
Charles has a firm belief in the negotiation process and believes mediation can help disputing parties find a resolution that accommodates their respective needs. For more information or to speak to Charles about scheduling a mediation for a personal injury case, contact him at 760-413-0860.