Updated February 20, 2020
A lawyer may not be necessary when you fight a speeding ticket or head to small claims court. If you feel more comfortable with an attorney, it’s your choice to hire one.
However, if you file a more complicated case with complex injuries, you should hire an attorney or at least take advantage of a free consultation with a lawyer. Oftentimes, cases are settled before ever going to trial.
Mediation is a legal process to settle disputes through a neutral third party (mediator). The mediator attempts to solve the dispute by listening, participating, and ultimately offering a fair, objective solution. Mediation will not take place in a court room.
The mediator’s solution is not enforceable. It’s possible that you and the opposing party can’t agree on a settlement offer. At that time, you and your lawyer reconvene to discuss the next best steps. Typically, if the case cannot be settled during mediation, the next step is a trial. Sometimes, there can be multiple mediation attempts to settle a case before going to trial. In some instances, mediation is required before taking a case to trial.
Arbitration is similar to the court process but is less formal. It will not take place in a courtroom. Both parties will provide testimonies, are questioned under oath, and are cross examined—much like in a trial.
The arbitrator decides if damages will be awarded or not. Their decision is final and enforceable.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of another person’s negligence, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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