Voluntary arbitration is a way to resolve legal issues without going to Court. Many litigants prefer this forum because it is less formal and can yield faster results. There is no judge or jury, but instead an arbitrator will hear the evidence and make decisions. The parties are permitted to submit names for potential arbitrators, and then select one that is agreeable to everyone and who does not have a conflict of interest with the parties or issues involved. Preparing your case for arbitration follows a similar procedure as preparing your case for trial or settlement negotiations. As always, it is best to put your trust in a qualified attorney and work together to prepare a strategy that works.
Some issues to discuss for taking a personal injury case to voluntary arbitration include:
- Reviewing the case with your attorney so the issues can be limited to what is most relevant. If the other side is agreeable, you can enter into a stipulation as to what exhibits and witnesses will be used. This will cut down on the time it takes the arbitrator to hear your case and will help you feel settled because there will not be any surprises.
- An arbitration award is a final decision not subject to appeal. Exceptions to the rule against appealing a voluntary arbitration are fraud, a conflict of interest, or instances where the arbitrator overstepped his authority.
The decision to arbitrate your personal injury claim is a big one, and should not be made without first being fully informed. We explain the arbitration process to you, let you know what to expect and what type of choices you have regarding the arbitration, and talk over the options. We want you to be completely comfortable with the decisions made in your case, which is why we keep you informed every step of the way and seek your input.
If you have been in an accident and have questions about arbitration, call the attorneys at Yetnikoff Law Offices, PLLC for help. Call us at 800-279-6331 or visit us online for more information about how we can help you today.