Mediations has several key components.
- There is a mediator who is trained to try to resolved disputes. The mediator is a neutral third party—in Virginia usually an active or retired Deputy Commissioner— who discusses the issues and tries to reach an overall agreement.
- Mediation is confidential—nothing discussed in mediation is admissible in a hearing, unless it is otherwise discoverable.
- Mediation tries to address the future needs of the parties rather to assess fault or blame.
- Mediation allows the parties to have control over the process. The parties have the sole power to reach an agreement. The mediator does not make any formal decisions.
- The Commission believes that the employee and employer are in the best position to discuss their issues and to try to resolve them.
- Mediation can take place by phone as well as in person
- Mediation is a much faster process than litigation.
Virginia Worker’s Compensation Lawyer Joe Miller Understands the Ins and Outs of Mediation
Virginia Worker’s Compensation attorney, Joe Miller has the experience and skills to professionally handle your injured worker claim. He has represented and helped thousands of injured workers get the full benefits they deserve. He is ready to guide you through each phase of your case including alternative dispute resolution. He’ll prepare you and your case for mediation and for hearing if necessary. Phone attorney Joe Miller at 888-694-1671 and ask for Joe Miller or complete his online form for an appointment.