Personal Injury law

How to Improve Your Mediation Strategy in 2020

By January 27, 2020 March 4th, 2020 No Comments

By Kimberly Overby

The fastest route to resolving your client’s case at mediation is coming to the table armed with an expert and a strong game plan. By bringing a settlement consultant on board as soon as you open a case, not only can you be sure your client is appropriately compensated and their recovery is protected, but in the process, you can also save your firm valuable time and money.

Pre-Mediation: Develop a Comprehensive Overview

Prior to the mediation, the settlement consultant can meet with your client to educate them on all available settlement options.  The settlement consultant will assess your client’s financial needs and goals, review life care plans, and discuss strategies for preserving any needs-based government benefits. By developing this kind of comprehensive overview and at no cost to you or your client, the settlement consultant can provide you with a detailed accounting of your client’s financial needs while you focus your efforts on litigating the case.

During Mediation: Have a Game Plan Ready

At the onset of mediation, the claimant should have a realistic idea of what to expect in terms of an offer from the defense. The claimant will also have a better understanding of relevant settlement options and any potential implications the proceeds may have on needs-based government benefits. An experienced settlement consultant can attend mediation and help create a solution that works for all parties involved, helping you reach resolution faster and avoid a potential impasse. 

Post-Mediation: Create a Continuum of Care

Another benefit to involving your settlement consultant is the post-mediation continuum of care it creates. Reputable settlement consultants typically provide support for the life of the settlement plan. With a solid plan in place and a trusted resource to turn to for future questions, you can rest assured that your client will be in the hands of an expert for years to come. What better way to wrap up a case than with a satisfied client (and potential referral source!) for you and your firm?

Contact Sage Settlement Consulting for Mediation Assistance

Whether you are just opening a case or preparing for mediation, make sure you contact Kimberly Overby at Sage Settlement Consulting today.

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