What Is Mediation in Work Comp?

Mediation in Work CompMediation in work comp is a common issue.  Sometimes, an insurance company will offer to mediate the claim. If you have never been through the process, you may have no idea what it is.  The post below will walk you through a common mediation process and typical steps that occur in every mediation.  Mediations play a critical role when both parties can’t agree on a settlement, so review the information below to understand what to expect in a Georgia workers’ compensation mediation.

 

Video – What to Expect in a Mediation

In short, a mediation is when all parties (though usually the adjuster is available by telephone but their attorney is present) come together to discuss settlement of your claim. The parties usually meet together, give brief statements, then go to separate rooms. Then a mediator will go back and forth between the parties and assist in negotiating a settlement of the claim.  However, it can be helpful to find out what kind of defenses the insurance company may take.   Also, it may also help the injured worker understand the process a bit more.   More importantly, it is not mandatory, and you are never obligated to settle your case.

Confidential Mediations

Any negotiations or discussions during a mediation are confidential and will not come out in court.  However, it is always critical to be truthful during all discussions.  Also, a mediation is an informational process and not under oath.  So, information shared in a mediation can’t be shared with a judge at a later date.

Mediation Venue

Finally, a mediation can take place at the State Board or with a “private” mediator in their office.  Sometimes, both parties will agree to hold the meeting in another venue such as an attorney office or similar venue.

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Contact Beth Gearhart at (404) 445-8370 to review your case and receive a free consultation.  Beth provides insight into different ways to fight for your rights while outlining pros and cons.  Beth listens and cares about her clients, and she always follows one motto.  No Settlement – No Fee!

Beth Gearhart is a workers' compensation attorney representing injured workers in Georgia. Gearhart Law Group is a law firm focused entirely on workers' compensation based in Atlanta, GA. Beth Gearhart is a work comp lawyer who represents her clients' needs, and she is often considered one of Georgia's best workers' compensation lawyers. Beth is unique in Georgia work comp because she represented insurance companies for over a decade to learn their practices before switching sides to help fight for the rights of injured workers. Beth is also different because she listens to her clients and truly cares about their cases. If you need a Georgia work comp lawyer, contact Beth Gearhart at Gearhart Law Group.