Insurance providers and plaintiffs can mediate 10 to 15 cases in a single day at a reduced rate with ADR Systems’ Personal Injury Settlement Program. Settlement Program cases can be mediated in person or through remote videoconferencing options, and they often share several commonalities.
The Type and Extent of the Injury is Important
Settlement Program cases have typically included standard, straight-forward injuries. Cases with multiple issues are rarely suited for the program because their values are frequently higher, liability may be contested and additional parties are often involved in them, requiring a session longer than the two-hour period allotted for a case in the program.
The Question of Liability is Often Clear, But the Value is Not
Settlement Program mediations do not typically focus on liability. The extent of damages owed, therefore, is at the heart of the matter. Since cases in the program infrequently involve pre-existing conditions or coverage issues, our mediators can focus on helping parties arrive at a settlement agreement quickly.
Previous Negotiation Has Transpired, and Parties Have Not Yet Returned to the Table
Cases with a history of negotiation reveal a clear and present interest in arriving at a settlement. This is the most important quality that a case suited for the program should have: It is a case that should settle.
Insurance carriers and plaintiffs’ counsel can evaluate their cases against these attributes as they determine a way forward that is efficient, inexpensive and that avoids litigation.
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