Personal injury claims in Utah can be made through a number of ways. We make an attempt to settle every claim without the need for litigation, if possible. Litigation is often expensive and time consuming. It is also sometimes stressful to the client. However, we’re not afraid of litigation and frankly often enjoy a good battle.
The form or method of litigation is often a matter of strategic choice. Some cases involve mediation, where all sides agree to a process which often produces a result through a formalized negotiation. A professional mediator will assist all sides in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of their case. Most judges require that all litigants attempt a formal mediation before assigning a trial date. Mediation is one form of “alternative dispute resolution.”
Another form of alternative dispute resolution is called arbitration. Arbitration involves a professional individual who listens to the evidence presented by both sides and, instead of encouraging the parties to reach an agreement or negotiated settlement, the arbiter actually renders a decision as to the merits of the case. Arbitration proceedings are different than a trial but sometimes involve many of the same issues. Arbitration can be an effective and cost-efficient way of solving a claim if prior negotiations have failed. However, arbitration is not an option available in all cases. Understanding the limits and strengths of arbitration is an essential part of knowing when to strategically demand arbitration or when to simply demand regular litigation.
Many cases do not lend themselves to arbitration. Sometimes in those cases, neither side is able to reach an agreement through negotiation or mediation. In those instances, an actual trial is necessary. Once in a while a trial involves simply a judge rendering a decision. However, more often than not, the trial will involve a jury. The attorneys at Larson Law are experienced trial lawyers with many years of trial experience. Trials can be an effective way of solving disputes, and we often enjoy the process.
Whether your case is a case that needs negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or a jury trial is something that we put a great deal of preparation, analysis, and decision making into. We will always guide you through each and every one of the procedures and requirements for whatever method of claim resolution is chosen. We will always act as your steadfast advocates. We will meticulously prepare you for your mediation, arbitration, or trial, and be next to you all the way. In fact, generally the only thing you’ll be asked to do is to simply tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about your claim and your injuries. We at Larson Law will handle the rest. At every step of the way, our goal will be to successfully maximize the financial compensation or award that you may be entitled to receive under the facts of your given case, based upon the documentation, information, and evidence available to us. We will then proceed to collect on the judgment or decision, and take care of all details to pay off your medical bills or other obligations.