The claim is complicated.
Conversely, if a medical malpractice suit is fiercely debated with uncertain or hotly-contested evidence on either side, the matter may be sent to mediation to dispose of it as neatly as possible. Although neither side may get exactly what they want, the end result could lead to compromise for both and avoid a jury trial where the matter may become even more confusing to everyone present. At mediation, no further testimony is presented, although sticking points that emerge as part of the settlement discussions help both sides to clarify their argument’s strengths and weaknesses before going to trial, if mediation efforts fail.
Time is important.
In cases where the patient is in failing health or there is pressure from either side to settle the case quickly due to challenges in finding expert witnesses or other related issues, mediation can cut to the chase and enable medical malpractice lawyers to resolve the matter within a limited time span.
If the plaintiff travels frequently with a job or may otherwise be less available for court proceedings, mediation may be preferable. Sometimes the plaintiff is dealing with other health issues that make it difficult to endure long waits for a court date or a complicated legal proceeding. In such cases, mediation may be able to settle the matter more efficiently and with less stress.
Medical malpractice lawyers are sometimes assigned mediation or they may elect to attempt mediation to resolve simple or difficult cases.