Most cases of Workers' Compensation claims in North Carolina are automatically sent to mediation. The North Carolina Workers' Compensation attorneys at White & Stradley, PLLC have strong experience in settling a claim through this kind of procedure. We know it can be an efficient and effective alternative to what can often be a lengthy courtroom process. Mediation is intended to settle disputes by assisting both sides to reach an agreement. We will not come to an agreement in mediation unless your needs are met.
How is a mediator chosen for my Workers' Compensation case?
We understand that the mediator on your case plays an integral part in the negotiation process. It is important to choose the right person for the job. North Carolina law states Mediators must have experience and knowledge in Workers' Compensation claims to facilitate them. The parties must mutually agree upon a mediator and you can object to someone you think is not right. Mediators come from a variety of backgrounds. They can be attorneys, professional mediators or another experience third-party. We assist in choosing the best mediator for your case.
Is mediation a good choice for your claim?
In North Carolina, an Order for Mediated Settlement is sent automatically when a Workers' Compensation case is filed. The process is automated because mediation is seen as an effective option to resolve disputes quickly and well. Both parties must agree that they are willing to attempt settling by mediation. It is intended to be a fair process where you can take an active part in determining the outcome of your case.
Mediation is governed by legal regulations so you will be protected each step of the way. Aspects of the mediation process are all designed to assist and protect you. Keep in mind:
- Some mediation cases are settled in a few hours.
- All parties must agree both to participate in mediation and to the choice of the mediator
- Mediators must have hands-on knowledge of working with Workers' Compensation claims to facilitate your case
It is likely your case will go to mediation. Settling a claim using mediation can often work to your benefit by saving you time and money. Mediation is a common and effective practice for Workers' Compensation cases in North Carolina.
If you need more information about settling by mediation, please contact the experienced North Carolina Workers' Compensation attorneys at White & Stradley, PLLC to schedule a confidential consultation. Serving clients from Raleigh, Charlotte, Greenvile, and nearby locations throughout the state of North Carolina.