Mediation is an avenue to resolve disputes in workers’ compensation claims without the need for a hearing. This process provides the parties a way to resolve a dispute so that a resolution is reached between you and the insurance company with the help of a third party mediator.
At mediation, each side will sit down with the mediator in separate rooms (typically a judge or lawyer who has been trained in mediation) and present their position and any documentary evidence. The mediator will then act as an impartial go between with the parties to resolve the issue and reach a resolution that meets the needs of both sides.
While most mediations in workers’ compensation cases deal with settlement, mediation can also be used to resolve issues related to a change of physician, medical issues (i.e. payment of a medical bill in compensable claims), suitable employment issues, attorney fee disputes, and average weekly wage disputes among others in compensable claims.
At the Law Offices of Laura Lanzisera, we encourage mediations for settlements in many cases. It is helpful to have all parties available on the same day and have a third party work with us to encourage the insurance company to provide the highest settlement possible. We often get to an insurance company’s “bottom line” and push further to obtain the most money we can for our clients.
At the Law Offices of Laura Lanzisera, we will work with you and prepare your case for mediation. Call for a free consultation.