Personal Injury settlement
My job as a personal injury mediator is to get the parties to a settlement agreement. I will move back and forth between the rooms to discuss the personal injury case with both parties. Because I spend significant time bringing the parties to common ground, it is normal to have periods during the mediation where you are waiting while I hold discussions with the other party.
Based upon my experience as a personal injury mediator, I can convey to the injured party how the insurance company is valuing their case and why they may not be offering as much money as the plaintiff may like. Personal injury attorneys value my expertise because I’m an evaluative mediator. This means that I can comfortably talk about how much money it will take to go to trial and what the likely outcome may be at trial. I will also convey to the opposing attorney and insurance agent the pain and suffering incurred by the plaintiff.
If the parties start in a joint session (where everyone is together), I may allow the plaintiff to speak directly to the other side to share their story. Usually, this is the first and only time that the defendant and plaintiff will have direct contact with each during the entirety of the litigation.