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What is “Arbitration” and “Mediation” in regards to a Los Angeles truck Accident?

Victims of Los Angeles truck accidents often ask our experienced LA truck accident lawyers, “what is mediation?” or “what is arbitration?” In short mediation and arbitration are alternatives to going to trial to resolve a legal dispute. Truck accident trials can often be expensive, time consuming, tedious, and lead to unpredictable outcomes–so in certain cases, mediating or arbitrating a dispute may lead to a better result. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, and you are trying to avoid going to trial, mediation or arbitration may be your best alternative. The experienced truck accident lawyers at California Attorney Group have conducted hundreds of mediations and arbitrations in truck accident cases that occurred in L.A. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your Los Angeles truck accident case, or specifically about mediation or arbitration, do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly L.A. truck accident attorneys toll free at 1-800-337-8547.

Both mediations and arbitrations are informal and inexpensive when compared with the cumbersome and bureaucratic nature of court trials. Most arbitrations and mediations are simply meetings with you and your attorney and as well as the defendant and their attorney discussing ways to solve their grievances with an objective, third party mediator, looking to help both sides come to a conclusion to their case. And while arbitration and mediation are similar in that respect, they each have subtle yet distinct differences that make them separate procedures.

Unlike in a court trial, in a mediation, both the Plaintiff and the Defendant will present evidence to the mediator regarding the truck accident. After all evidence is presented, the mediator will attempt to engage both the Plaintiff and the Defendant to discuss and reach a settlement agreement. The mediator will try to resolve any disputes that come up, with the intent of encouraging a resolution to the matter. Mediation is a non-binding dispute resolution and is better suited to personal injury cases with smaller claims. The downside of a mediation is that if negotiations fail, your motorcycle accident case may easily turn into a litigation. However, there are many advantages to truck accident mediation. For example, unlike trial it is a confidential proceeding that is not open to the public; mediation is not as unpredictable as going to trial because there is no jury involved; if mediation does not help in resolving your case, you can still go to trial; and once an agreement has been reached in a mediation, the case is over.

Arbitration is a slightly different, more formal process. And unlike Mediation, it is settled with a binding resolution, meaning that the resolution is final and obligatory. Arbitrations are a mixture between a negotiation and a trial. The Plaintiff and Defendant will present evidence, such as pictures, police reports, medical records and photographs regarding the case. After this process, the arbitrator will decide the merits of the case. The arbitrator will decide who should prevail in the law suit, and how much compensation, if any, the Plaintiff should be afforded. Some advantages of arbitration are that they can be fast, inexpensive, and efficient; truck accident attorneys are not forced to follow strict evidentiary rules which often slow down trials, and which allow the parties to openly present their case in front of the arbitrator; and arbitrations can bring and end to a law suit because arbitrations often end in a settlement agreement.

The experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyers at California Attorney Group work on truck accident matters every single day. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies and other attorneys to ensure that you receive the most favorable settlement you may be entitled to. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your Los Angeles truck accident case, or specifically about arbitration or mediation, do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly L.A. truck accident attorneys toll free at 1-800-337-8547.