A mediation hearing for a Workers' Compensation case is a good way for both parties to speak their piece and take responsibility for their portion of the liability. By working together with a mediator to help with the negotiations, the end result is a compromise that meets everyone's goals.
All Parties Must Attend
Unless their attendance is waived, all parties must appear at the mediation meeting. Because the end goal is to reach a fair solution that satisfies both sides, it's important that everyone be in attendance. It's difficult to mediate between two parties if only one shows up. Mandatory attendance means that each party has an equal voice when it comes to discussing their concerns and what they are willing to offer.
Reaching the Final Total or “Clincher Amount”
The final total or “clincher amount” is what the victim receives in a lump sum as their final settlement. This amount must be enough to cover their medical expenses and any other costs they may have incurred while recovering from their injuries.
While the cost of the person's medical bills won't be negotiable, the amount they receive for damages will be. A mediation hearing makes it possible for both sides to come together and agree on a final total without having to take the case in front of a judge.
At Gaylord & Nantais, the attorneys are capable of mediating most Worker's Compensation and receiving a favorable outcome. The result means the victim is well-taken care of and the responsible party is taking care of their obligations.