Ghosts, Goblins and Mediators
Halloween is just around the corner, a time when people love to be scared. It’s fun, because everyone knows there’s really nothing scary at all.
Mediation isn’t scary. Yet some claim and legal professionals fear it.
Fear of losing control
Adjusters and attorneys know their jobs. They may bristle at the idea of someone else getting involved in the settlement process. Yet, they don’t hesitate to call in other experts.
Claim and legal professionals retain control in mediation. Only the parties can choose an outcome. The mediator cannot order anyone to take any action. What the mediator can do is help parties define issues, resolve differences, and see new routes to settlement.
Fear of looking bad
Some professionals worry that calling in a mediator makes them look like they couldn’t do their job. On the contrary, professionals who use every tool in their arsenal look smart. Referring a claim for mediation can short-cut litigation, saving time and money. This makes you look like someone who knows how to get things done.
What are you scared of?
You don’t need a costume, and you don’t need a candy bucket to get started. Treat yourself to mediation to move that difficult case forward. Mediation can benefit all parties, and that’s no Halloween trick.
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