Mediation is a form of settling disputes outside of the courtroom and can be used in practically any sort of legal dispute including car crashes, truck wrecks, medical malpractice, dog bites, slip and fall, etc. if both parties agree to examine the issues. It is an alternative to going to trial that may save time and money. 

In brief, mediation is an informal, confidential, non-adversarial negotiation process. It is a meeting conducted by an impartial party, a mediator, with the purpose of helping the parties agree to a mutually acceptable settlement. In mediation, there is no third party, such as a judge or jury that will make decisions. The parties involved make the agreements. 

In brief, mediation is an informal, confidential, non-adversarial negotiation process.

Mediation is not a hearing or arbitration. The mediator does not decide whether there is any substance to the case. Rather, the mediator helps the parties agree to a negotiated settlement. In Florida, mediators are professionals, commonly lawyers or retired judges who have gone through specific conflict resolution or mediation training. In a personal injury case, the particular mediator used is agreed upon by both attorneys. 

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