A couple of weeks ago on the blog we discussed a case where a car accident victim was able to recover compensation for injuries suffered by successfully participating in mediation. Mediation is one viable option for car accident victims to seek relief for their damages. Many find the process beneficial, as each side can openly discuss the case without any direct effect on the outcome of potential litigation.
However, being successful during mediation requires skill in both presenting legal arguments and in negotiating. Those who don’t know the law or who are inept at negotiation may find themselves being taken advantage of during a settlement. In the end, this could mean losing tens of thousands of dollars in compensation that otherwise could have been obtained through skilled negotiation or full litigation.
At the Law Offices of James L Orourke, we take pride in our ability to help our clients stand up for themselves, whether in the negotiation room or the court room. We discuss every case with our clients so that they know the case’s strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, we can identify weaknesses in the defense’s case which can be used as leverage during negotiations.
In the end, mediation turns out better for car accident victims if they can show the defense how they can be beaten at trial. Once this is made clear, a defendant is more likely to see the value of settling. Yet, in order to do this successfully and obtain the money needed to cover medical expenses and lost wages, a victim needs to ensure they know how to show the strength of their claim. At our firm, we ensure our clients’ claims are as strong as possible, which may mean extensive preparation via gathering evidence, studying the law and speaking with key witnesses.