Why Mediate a Workers Compensation Claim ?

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Why not ? Mediating workers compensation cases has many advantages in terms of time, costs and certainty according to Virginia workplace injury lawyer Doug Landau of the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. Although there is no guarantee that an on the job accident case will settle at Mediation, the advantages include:

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  1. Litigation costs are reduced
  2. Mediation through the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission is free of charge
  3. Disputes are resolved quickly and confidentially
  4. There are no lengthy, time-consuming appeals
  5. Mediation can be requested at any time during the life of an on the job injury case
  6. Any party can request Mediation to resolve a dispute or negotiate a compromise settlement
  7. Parties retain the right to a Hearing before a workers comp judge if a dispute is not resolved through mediation
  8. A follow up Mediation session, either in person or by conference call, can be scheduled
  9. Mediations are held throughout the state of Virginia to accommodate the needs of the parties
  10. Mediations are usually conducted by Deputy Commissioners who have been certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia to mediate on the job injury and disability cases
  11. Mediations are usually involve the in-person meeting of the parties, as opposed to trying to negotiate over the phone or via e-mail or fax

According to the VWC statistics, approximately 80% of the disputed claims mediated by the Commissioner were resolved. At the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, our own experience is that most cases do in fact settle at Mediation. If you or someone you know or care for has been injured on the job as the result of a car, truck, bicycle or motorcycle crash or slip and fall or dog bite attack and there are questions about Mediating or settling the claim, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once.

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