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Thinking About Mediating a Workers’ Comp Claim in Idaho? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you got hurt on the job, you may have been asked if you want to mediate your claim. Before you make that decision, you need to have some background information.

What is mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary dispute resolution process. When parties mediate a legal dispute, they meet informally to discuss settlement options. The Idaho Industrial Commission, the state agency charged with regulating workers’ compensation activities in Idaho, offers a mediation process for people involved in workers’ compensation claim disputes.

What happens at the mediation of a workers’ compensation claim dispute?

Representatives for the employee and the insurer meet with a neutral Idaho Industrial Commission mediator. This mediator works with the parties to help them reach a resolution. During the meeting, the parties discuss possible settlement options, including settlement options that involve creative solutions.

One party will usually propose a settlement offer. The other party may accept or reject the offer or make a counter-offer. If the parties reach an agreement, the mediator will draft documents that reflect the parties’ agreement. If an agreement is not reached, the parties simply pursue other means to resolve the claim.

What are the benefits to mediating a workers’ compensation claim?

Mediation offers several benefits. Mediation participants narrow the issues in dispute and increase their understanding of the other side’s positions and interests. Other advantages include:

  • Faster resolution;
  • Cost savings because additional attorneys’ fees and other expenses are avoided;
  • Possibility of creative settlement options; and
  • Confidentiality.

Are you considering mediating your Idaho workers’ compensation claim?

If so, contact Idaho workers’ compensation attorney Alan L. Morton of Morton Law Offices, Chartered. You may contact him at 888-716-8021 or by filling out an online form. Mr. Morton helps injured workers from Boise, Ada, Canyon, Elmore, Blaine, Twin Falls, Gem, Payette, Washington, Valley, and other towns in Idaho. Mr. Morton will send you a complimentary copy of his handbook, Idaho’s Handbook on Workers’ Compensation, to provide you with insight into Idaho’s workers’ compensation system.