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How to prepare for personal injury mediation

On Behalf of | Jun 1, 2023 | Personal Injury Mediation

When you agree for a neutral third party to determine the resolution of your personal injury lawsuit, you have agreed to mediation. This is a common option for individuals who need a relatively quick resolution and want to save time and money.

You also retain control over the proceedings and the mediator sees you as more than a plaintiff but a person who needs help. This is how you should prepare for your personal injury mediation.

Learn about the mediation process

You need to know what to expect from the process. You should understand what you need to do and how long the process will be. Understanding the process helps you make decisions, reduce your anxiety and prepare properly.

Share your expectations and discuss possible settlement ranges.

Deal with your emotions

Your first task is to address what happened to you, the process and how you feel. The last thing you want to do is walk into the mediation and become emotional. You need to do what you can to come to terms with your injuries. This may be challenging, especially when you discuss it in the mediation, but taking time to go over your testimony and deal with your emotions can help.

Gather the evidence

Next, gather as much information as you can to support your case. Depending on where your incident occurred, you should gather the police report or reports you filled out for injuries on others’ property. Locate any witnesses to the incident, and get their statements and contact information.

Collect all your medical records, especially those that show you obeyed your doctor’s orders and recommendations. Include anything that discusses future care needs. Gather wage losses and other financial challenges that resulted from the incident.

For the best outcome, dress for success and prepare for the proceedings.