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Mediations

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In worker’s compensation cases, mediations are becoming more and more popular. Mediation is a process that usually takes place at a law office or at the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board.  Those who attend the mediation are the injured worker, the worker’s attorney, an impartial third party called a mediator, and a representative of the insurance company including their attorney.  The mediation process typically starts out with each party in a separate room and the mediator goes back and forth between the rooms in an effort to get the parties to settle.  Mediation is voluntarily and the parties cannot be forced to settle.  Most cases do settle in mediation.  The injured worker should not be unusually nervous about the mediation process because the worker’s role is one of listening and watching.  The worker is not expected to testify or be put on the spot in mediation.  The worker simply observes and gives his/her consent to the settlement process.

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