The process of settling and litigating damages for the costs incurred because of a car accident is expensive, time-consuming, and lengthy for all parties. To shorten the process and reduce the costs involved in a prolonged battle and civil court litigation, arbitration and mediation are two alternative dispute resolutions.
What is Arbitration in Louisiana?
In arbitration, the parties involved agree on an arbitrator who will listen to evidence, question participants, and decide a monetary award. The arbitrator is a neutral party without bias toward the outcome, and their decision is as binding as a judge’s.
Because an arbitrator is paid a set fee, the cost of settling a dispute is much less than if your case would be taken to trial. With arbitration, a solution is guaranteed; however, once the decision is made, it is final and cannot be appealed.
A Gordon & Gordon attorney can help organize and present your case at arbitration with the goal of a favorable outcome for you.
What is Mediation in Louisiana?
Mediation may be less risky for both the insurance company and the car accident victim. If a personal injury civil court lawsuit has already been filed, a judge may order the parties to attempt mediation to save the court time and expense.
During mediation, the mediator will facilitate discussion between the parties, consider witness statements, and review evidence to help both sides come to a mutually agreeable resolution to avoid proceeding to a civil court trial. But the mediator can’t force them to do anything or make a binding judgment.
A Gordon & Gordon attorney can advise you whether the insurance company’s mediated offer is fair. If you and your attorney decide it is not, and there is no further negotiation or compromise, your case can proceed through the civil court.
Should I Proceed with Arbitration or Mediation?
If arbitration or mediation have been proposed to settle your case, and you would like to consider these options, call an experienced Gordon & Gordon attorney for a free consultation and advice on your best course of action.
With over 30 years’ experience representing car accident victims, we have the knowledge, resources, and reputation for winning large settlements for our clients. Insurance companies know our reputation for big wins, so they take us seriously and know we won’t let them take advantage of our clients.
If you decide to hire us for your arbitration or mediation, we won’t charge you a penny up-front. We only get paid when you receive a settlement.
Gordon and Gordon: Experienced Arbitration and Mediation Lawyers
Act quickly because the statute of limitations when filing a car accident claim is short. Let us help you win the fight for your rightful monetary settlement.
To speak personally with one of Gordon & Gordon Law Firm’s qualified, experienced arbitration and mediation car accident attorneys in Shreveport, Bossier City, or Mansfield contact us today. For the quickest response, call 24/7 at 318.716.HELP (318.716.4357). Or tell us your story on our online contact form.