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Step 5: Pre-Trial Questioning and Mediation

Throughout settlement negotiations, your injury lawyer will be preparing to go to trial if necessary; if they stall, they’ll be ready to take the next steps right away. This includes filing documentation with the Courts and setting up Questioning. Here, the plaintiff may be questioned and asked a series of questions to assess credibility, the strength of the case, and entitlement to damages in an attempt to reach a settlement before trial.

Additionally, the pre-trial phase may also include mediation or a Judicial Settlement Conference to attempt to settle out of court. Your injury lawyer will work with the insurance adjuster/other lawyer (as well as a neutral third party or a judge) to attempt to negotiate a settlement.