Insurance adjusters are insurance company employees whose job is to determine the outcome of personal injury and property damage claims. While many insurance adjusters thoroughly review each case and arrive at a fair conclusion, others employ unethical tactics. To protect yourself from these bad-faith methods, you should behave in a way that scares your insurance … READ MORE
How Much Tax Is Paid on Lawsuit Settlements?
Civil lawsuits do not end in convictions or jail time for at-fault parties. Instead, when the court holds individuals or entities liable in civil lawsuits like personal injury lawsuits, those liable parties must pay money to injured parties. Since that money covers losses and damages, it is not considered income and is mainly not taxable, … READ MORE
When Is Mediation Not a Good Idea?
Mediation is a popular form of alternative dispute resolution. Many parties and judges like mediation because it can resolve cases without the need for a trial. As a result, it can save the parties time and money. However, mediation may not be appropriate for all cases. What Is Mediation? Mediation is a voluntary process where … READ MORE
What Happens After Mediation
Mediation is a method of negotiating your case with the help of a neutral third party, known as a mediator. The mediator facilitates communications between you and the other parties. However, the mediator cannot make decisions in your case. If you cannot reach a mutually agreed-upon settlement, you may choose to proceed to trial. Whatever … READ MORE
How Long Mediation Takes in a Lawsuit
Mediation often occurs after settlement negotiations with an insurance company fail. It takes place before your lawsuit goes to trial. Mediation is often your final chance to reach a settlement agreement before a court decides the outcome of your case. How long the mediation process takes depends on several factors, discussed below. What Is Mediation? … READ MORE
Is Mediation Legally Binding?
Mediation can be helpful in resolving legal disputes. It is not legally binding unless the parties enter a settlement agreement, also sometimes referred to as a mediation agreement. Mediation can also be legally binding if it is court-ordered. However, that is rare in personal injury cases. What Is Mediation Parties use mediation as an alternative … READ MORE
What Not to Say In Mediation?
When you are injured because of someone else’s negligence, you can pursue the compensation you deserve, including mediation. It can be entered into voluntarily, or it may be court-ordered. During the mediation process, a neutral third party facilitates communication between the parties to reach a resolution. Unfortunately, it does not always end with a settlement … READ MORE
How Mediation Works
Mediation is the process of settling a dispute with the guidance of an impartial third party. The parties can willingly engage in mediation or receive a court order to do so. Although court-ordered mediation is less frequent in personal injury cases, it can occur after filing the case but before the trial. Many attorneys and … READ MORE
What Happens After Deposition in a Personal Injury Case?
After deposition in a personal injury case, both sides will have time to negotiate a mutually-agreeable settlement. The testimony taken in a deposition should prove that the party being sued was negligent and caused the plaintiff’s injury. Depositions are part of the “discovery” phase of a trial. A debriefing session with your attorneys after the … READ MORE
How to Know If Your Deposition Went Well
The objective of a deposition is to aid the “discovery” of evidence and information in a lawsuit. Attorneys from both sides review deposition testimony for credibility and consistency. Depositions can be seen as a practice run in preparation for court, and they can lay the foundation for recovering compensation in a later settlement or verdict. … READ MORE
Written By: Ronald J. ResminiLast Updated : Friday, August 18, 2023