People often use the terms litigation and mediation interchangeably when discussing legal proceedings. However, litigation and mediation are entirely different in the part they play in the legal process. In simple terms, litigation is another word for a lawsuit or court proceedings, while mediation is the legal process used to avoid going to court.
You need solid legal representation if you are involved in a case that may end up in either litigation or mediation. Our law firm has well-experienced attorneys who can assist you with your legal needs and advise you of the best options for your situation.
How Does Mediation Work?
Unlike litigation, which takes place through the court system, mediation is an informal process that allows parties to reach an agreement on the disputed issue. The mediator who oversees the proceedings is a neutral third party who helps both parties come to a mutual agreement. During the mediation process, the decisions reached by both parties are voluntary, so only the issues that are decided upon are included in the final settlement.
Many individuals prefer mediation over litigation as it tends to be cheaper, and issues can be resolved quicker than through litigation.
When is Litigation More Preferable Than Mediation?
Even though mediation is typically a more efficient and economical way to resolve legal disputes, there may be instances where litigation becomes necessary. Some examples include:
- You have a solid legal case with clear and convincing evidence of the other party’s negligence.
- The other party’s settlement is far below what you need to cover medical bills or other damages.
- You or your loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury that will require long-term care and financial assistance for the rest of your life.
- The other party is not willing to provide adequate compensation, even if their offer is less than their liability policy limit.
Do I Need Legal Representation For Litigation or Mediation Proceedings?
Any time you are involved in legal proceedings, it is always advisable that you have an experienced attorney on your side. A knowledgeable lawyer can assist you by helping you understand the terms outlined in potential agreements, inform you of your legal rights, and provide the legal advice you need to ensure that you benefit from the possible settlement.
While there is no requirement that states you must have a lawyer present during mediation, it is almost certain that the other side will have legal representation assisting them. Contact our law offices and ask how we can help you through the litigation or mediation process.
Why Should I Choose Your Law Firm to Represent Me?
Our law firm has a proven track record of obtaining results for our clients. Our attorneys are highly skilled in assisting individuals who have decided to resolve their issues through the mediation process by providing quality legal advice that will enable them to obtain a favorable settlement. In addition, our lawyers also are fully prepared to go through each step of the litigation process to help recover maximum compensation.
Contact our law firm by calling 812-247-8416 and ask to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your needs and determine which option is best for you.