Workers' Compensation ADR Programs

Workers' Comp Mediation

Workers' compensation mediation is a process used to resolve disputes between employers and employees over workers' compensation claims. The process involves a neutral third party, called a mediator, who helps both sides reach a mutually acceptable agreement. Mediation is often used as an alternative to the formal workers' compensation court process and can be faster, less expensive, and less adversarial.

Facilitate Communication

During mediation, both parties have the opportunity to present their case and negotiate a resolution. The mediator's role is to facilitate communication between the parties, help identify areas of agreement and disagreement, and provide guidance on possible solutions. The goal of mediation is to reach a voluntary settlement that is acceptable to both sides.

State Procedures

In most states, participation in workers' compensation mediation is voluntary, although some states require it as a prerequisite to filing a court claim. The process is typically informal and confidential, and the mediator does not have the authority to impose a settlement on the parties. Instead, the mediator helps the parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement that is then documented and submitted to the workers' compensation court for approval.

Informal Dispute Resolution

Workers' compensation mediation can be an effective way to resolve disputes over workers' compensation claims. It provides a forum for both parties to express their concerns and come to a mutually acceptable resolution. In addition, because the process is often less formal and less adversarial than the court process, it can reduce the stress and anxiety associated with a workers' compensation dispute.

Overall, workers' compensation mediation can be a beneficial process for both employees and employers, providing a quicker and less expensive resolution to disputes regarding workers' compensation claims.