Mediation can often be an effective way to resolve a legal issue. However, as with anything, the proper steps must be taken to arrive at a successful mediation outcome.
In this post, we’ll explore tips for navigating Ohio lawsuit mediation.
Gathering the Necessary Documentation
When considering settlement of any case or claim by mediation, you need to make sure you have all the documentation necessary to adequately prove your damages. Common examples may include:
- bills and receipts;
- proof of lost time at work if you are claiming lost wages;
- proof of ownership; and
- any other documentation that helps prove your claim for damages.
You need to also make sure that the mediator has all of this information so that mediator can effectively facilitate settlement negotiations. It is important to be thorough and as honest as possible.
Working Toward the Right Solution
During a mediation, you will get to talk about how the damages you are claiming has affected you and show your documentation to back up your claim. After hearing the other party’s perspective on the conflict, you will get to begin negotiating a settlement that hopefully compensates you for your damages. This is the best part about mediation, as the parties involved get to work together to come up with a solution that is fair and fits the needs of everyone involved.
Mediation is not only less stressful and time consuming than going to court, but it is also more cost effective. Mediation may only cost you a few hundred dollars, whereas a trial can cost several thousand dollars. Also, in mediation, the outcome is in your hands, whereas, in a trial, a judge or jury determines the outcome.
If, for some reason, your case does not resolve at mediation, you still have the ability to take your case to court. Therefore, the act of mediating presents very few risks.
Is Mediation Right for Your Situation?
Mediation can be an excellent option for Ohioans. As we’ve discussed, mediation is usually less stressful, less costly, and less time consuming than taking a case to trial. If you are just now learning about mediation for the first time, it might make sense to consider this as a viable option.
The Law Office of Tom Somos, LLC is here to answer any questions you may have about Ohio lawsuit mediation. Contact us to schedule an appointment.