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Hi guys, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Scott DeSalvo here.

In today’s video, I’m going to answer the question: What is a mediation?

So maybe you have a personal injury case and somebody has brought up the term mediation.

What is a mediation?

A mediation is similar to a pretrial conference. In other words, it’s an attempt to settle the case.

There are two ways that attorneys attempt to settle the case.

  1. Direct Negotiation with Defense Attorney, or
  2. Current or Retired Judge

They can either do it in direct negotiation with the defense attorney in the insurance company or they can get a current or retired judge involved.

When you get a current or retired judge involved, the judge acts as a mediator. You can either do it in court in a pretrial conference with a sitting judge or you can usually do it with a retired judge. Those are the most common mediators.

In a bigger and more complex case, I actually prefer to do a mediation.

Why?

A mediation is usually much more comprehensive and it takes longer to do than a pretrial conference. There’s a good reason for that. In a pretrial conference with a sitting judge, that judge has a complete court call that they’re responsible for.

But in a mediation, the judges are retired and they’re being paid hourly for their time. That means the judge can usually dig in much deeper into the details and the facts of the case so that you can end up with a better outcome.

Whether it’s a pretrial conference or a mediation, the important thing here is that the mediator or judge is attempting to be fair to both sides. That means they may talk us down for our demand but they also talk the insurance company and the defense up from their offer. Hopefully we meet in the middle and settle the case.

I always tell my clients if the defense is willing to do a pretrial conference or especially a mediation, we should absolutely do it. It means they’re ready to settle the case.

That means putting money in your pocket and closing the book on this chapter of your life and moving on which is usually a good thing to do.

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