Personal Injury Mediation in Southwest Florida
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident and need help covering your bills mediation can help. Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Court mediator, Christina Florand will work with you to regain that piece of mind.
Using mediation for a personal injury case can be a valuable tool for reaching a swift and amicable resolution outside of the courtroom. Here's a breakdown of how you can effectively utilize it:
Choose a mediator: Agree with the other party, on a neutral and qualified mediator. Christina Florand is Certified with the Florida Supreme Court to handle cases that are court order or resolved outside of court. We offer a Free 30-Minute Phone Consultation to both parties, so they can better understand and be comfortable with the process.
Prepare for the session: Gather necessary documents like medical records, accident reports, and evidence of damages. Prepare a clear timeline of events and be ready to articulate your situation and desired outcome.
During the Mediation Session:
Opening statements: Each party, will present their version of events and claims. Focus on factual information and avoid emotional outbursts.
Independent discussions: The mediator will meet with each party separately to understand their expectations and willingness to compromise. Be honest and open about your concerns and potential concessions.
Negotiation: The mediator facilitates communication and conveys offers between parties. If you have a lawyer present, they will advise you on negotiating terms and ensuring a fair deal.
Reaching a settlement: If an agreement is reached, the mediator will draft a binding settlement agreement outlining the terms. Sign the document only if you fully understand and agree to the terms.
Potential Benefits of Mediation:
Faster resolution: Mediation resolves cases quicker and more efficiently than lengthy court proceedings.
Cost-effective: Avoiding trial reduces legal fees and other expenses associated with litigation.
Mutual satisfaction: Both parties have a say in the outcome, leading to a potentially more amicable and fair resolution.
Reduced stress: Mediation involves open communication and collaboration, minimizing the stressful environment of a courtroom.
Mediation is voluntary, and both parties must agree to participate.
No guarantee of success exists, and if no agreement is reached, the case can proceed to trial.