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The Lawsuit Process: Settlement, Arbitration, & Mediation

An insurance company or the lawyers for the defendant can make a settlement offer at any time during a lawsuit, even before the Summons and Complaint is filed. Generally, however, defendants’ representatives want all the information about your accident and injuries first. Completion of discovery usually starts settlement discussions, which can take place over the course of days, weeks, months, or even years.

Our lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. will vigorously pursue settlement discussions with insurance company representatives in pre-trial Court conferences, over the phone, or at out-of-court mediations or arbitrations agreed to voluntarily by the parties involved. The point is always to get the right settlement number for your particular case. At a mediation or arbitration, both the plaintiff’s and defendant’s attorneys provide their information about a case to an agreed-upon judge. In a mediation, the judge recommends a settlement, which the parties can accept or reject. In an arbitration, the judge’s decision is binding and cannot be rejected.

If a settlement is reached, the defendant’s representatives generally have 21 days to pay once they receive your signed, notarized settlement papers by certified mail. There are exceptions, however; for example, the City of New York has 90 days to pay a settlement. The New York State Insurance Department, which handles bankrupt insurance companies, is exempt from time constraints. Recent Federal legislation, which mandates that insurance companies and plaintiffs determine and repay applicable Medicare liens, also delays payment of settlements.

Put Our Team on Your Side

Whichever path your case takes— to arbitration, mediation, settlement, or on to the trial calendar— Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. can discuss with you the advantages of each settlement offer made and strive to obtain the best settlement offer for your case.

Call us today at (855) 295-4737 to get started.

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