Co-Founder Allison Johs Discusses Personal Injury Mediation on Personal Injury Podcast

Mediation Solutions of NY, LLC co-founder, Allison C. Johs, recently appeared as a guest on the Personal Injury Marketing Minute podcast with Lindsay Busfield, where she talked about mediation in a personal injury case. The podcast covers:

  • How mediation works in personal injury cases
  • Why personal injury lawyers and their clients might choose mediation
  • What happens when things don’t work out, and
  • How personal injury attorneys and their clients can prepare for mediation to improve the chances of a positive outcome.

See some key takeaways below.

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Here are a few key takeaways from the podcast:

When might it make sense to mediate a personal injury case?

  • You want to preserve a relationship with the other party
  • You need a neutral third party for an objective viewpoint to close the gap between the parties
  • You want remedies that are not specifically laid out in the law
  • Court backlogs and delays mean your case won’t get resolved for years
  • Costs add up both for defendants (long delays mean higher legal fees) and plaintiffs (experts and other trial expenses) in litigation; you typically don’t have the same level of expenses for mediation

How does the mediation process work for personal injury cases?

  • Once the parties have agreed to mediation, they will choose the mediator to hear the case.
  • Each party will put together their submissions for the mediator to review. These might include:
    • Medical records or a summary of medical records
    • Photographs
    • Police reports, or other evidence
    • Summary of your arguments
  • Mediation is a more informal process than trial or arbitration.
  • The mediator will usually begin with a joint session with all parties
  • Then the mediator will speak with each party individually
  • The role of the mediator is to create a resolution that works for everyone.
  • Once an agreement is reached, the mediator will write up a settlement agreement.
  • If the parties cannot agree, they can move on to binding arbitration or trial.
  • Typically, everything that is said during a mediation is confidential and cannot be used at a subsequent trial or arbitration.

How can a personal injury attorney and their client best prepare for mediation?

  • Prepare a mediation submission, even if it is not required.
  • Take some time to think about what is most important to you; What is the resolution that you would like to see?
  • Discuss your strategy in advance of the mediation.

You can listen to the full episode here.