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Efficient And Cost-Effective Insurance Settlements And Mediation

In some cases, pursuing or defending a lawsuit in court is in our clients’ best interests. The costs of litigation however are high, in both legal costs and time commitment. Moreover, in litigation, the final outcome is never certain and in the control of the parties — especially when a jury is involved. Mediation is often an extremely effective alternative to litigation in terms of costs, time and client satisfaction.

To discuss your legal matter with an experienced mediation attorney, call Atwood Law, at 402-817-2717 or toll free at 800-655-9606 to schedule your free case consultation.

What Is Mediation?

Mediation is a confidential, voluntary, out-of-court process where a trained, neutral third party (referred to as a “mediator”) assists the parties in resolving disputes.

What Are The Benefits Of Mediation?

Expert, trained guidance — The mediator’s primary goal is to ensure that the parties reach voluntary, informed agreements without undue influence, coercion or intimidation. An informed, experienced mediator who understands the law and complexity of your case is essential to a positive mediation outcome. A mediator may render advice to the parties, but is bound by strict ethical guidelines never to favor one party over another. We regularly work with mediators who have years of experience in your specific type of case and whose advice we trust.

Attorney representation — As your attorney, we ensure that your compromises, if you decide to make any, are informed compromises. Prior to mediation, we will document the facts, gather necessary evidence, research the legal issues involved in your case, and analyze your likelihood of success in litigation and estimated recovery. Our thorough preparation ensures our clients are able to make informed, smart decisions, with full knowledge of the strengths and potential weaknesses of their case.

Voluntary — Although, in some cases, a court will order the parties to participate in a mediation, it is generally a completely voluntary process. Each party attends the mediation voluntarily and can end the process at any time, for any reason.

Confidential — Mediation discussions and materials developed for mediation are confidential and inadmissible in any subsequent court proceedings. If parties reach an agreement, a final, signed, binding mediation agreement is drafted. These mutually agreed upon settlements tend to endure without complication because both parties have willingly agreed to the agreement provisions.

Control and ownership of the outcome — Unlike litigation, the parties control the mediation process. With the assistance of a trained mediator, the parties work together to solve problems and reach what both parties believe to be a fair and constructive agreement. Compromise is essential to the process, but both parties decide whether to compromise and how much. If the mediation process breaks down, the case usually proceeds to litigation, but in some cases mediation helps facilitate settlement at a later stage.

Client satisfaction — We find that our clients are extremely satisfied with the mediation process because it allows them to actively resolve their conflicts, on their terms. The stress of litigation is usually monumentally greater than the stress of mediation. Because many of our clients have already been through a great deal of physical and emotional stress as a result of their injuries or losses, the mediation process is often a welcome alternative to litigation.

Efficient And Cost-Effective Dispute Resolution

Through mediation, it is common to resolve a case in a single day, with significantly lower costs. Successful mediation efforts, however, do require extensive preparation in advance of the mediation session. As your lawyers, we thoroughly prepare each case by investigating and documenting facts, researching legal issues and calculating the full amount of damages to which our clients are entitled. Irrespective of the nature of your case, we can help you determine if and when mediation may be a beneficial option.

Contact Us To Discuss Your Possible Case Strategies

Our attorneys have over 150 years of combined experience. We can provide you with your strategy options and suggest an option that can provide maximum benefit. Contact us at 402-817-2717 or toll free at 800-655-9606 to schedule a free consultation. You may also contact our Omaha, Lincoln or Des Moines offices online. We assist clients throughout Nebraska and Iowa.

What Our Clients Say

The lawyers and support staff at Atwood Law Firm showed me sincere interest and caring on a very personal level, and I knew at all times my interests were front and center in all aspects of my workers' compensation case. This office is staffed by a great group of people. You can relax and be assured that your welfare comes first and foremost in their decisions and actions with respect to your legal case. You are kept aware of the process and progress in your case at all times, and your input is welcomed. I highly recommend the Atwood Law Firm to anyone needing legal assistance.

- WN

I cannot thank you enough for the peace of mind you have brought to my family! Both of my parents are extremely grateful for your work. I knew we were in good hands from the first meeting and you have exceeded all my expectations! It may feel straightforward to you, but to us, you have moved mountains. This settlement will allow my parents, particularly my Dad, to enjoy the rest of their lives to the fullest of their abilities. We all agree that we would give every cent back and more for my Dad to walk again, but that is not going to happen...

- DW

"...He didn't treat me like I was one of 100 clients. He treated me like I was his only client. He acted professionally but with empathy, dignity and friendliness. It didn't matter if it was something small or large, he was always there for me, be it by phone, fax, email, cellphone or meeting me personally at his office or elsewhere. He never rushed me when I didn't understand something, he'd take as much time as needed to explain things to me, especially when it came time for my deposition and in preparation for trial. He was there for me when I truly needed his help..."

- CG

"...My husband and I felt his kindness immediately and were both very impressed with his knowledge of what to expect in a wrongful death case. He pursued our claim in an aggressive manner while at the same time being very protective of our rights and privacy and sheltered us from any unnecessary contact with insurance agents, or any other adverse parties. My husband and I cannot say enough about the kindness, professionalism and legal ability demonstrated by Atwood Law"

- RD

"...If it were not for this law firm all I would have received from this injury would have been a loss of income check and a pat on the back, goodbye. Which only would have been a fraction of what I actually received. He was always professional but more importantly he cared about me and my family as people not just a client. He went beyond his role as my lawyer. He even spoke with my bank and explained why I was behind on my car payment. And this saved me getting my car repossessed..."

- HR

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Lincoln Office

575 Fallbrook Boulevard Suite 206
Lincoln, NE 68521

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Phone: 402-817-2717
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Suite 415
Des Moines, IA 50309


Omaha Office

14301 First National Bank Parkway
Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68154

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