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If the insurance company makes no offer or an unreasonable offer, we will sit down with you and explain your alternatives which may include arbitration, mediation, or trial.


Arbitration is an out-of-court procedure developed to resolve disputes through the use of impartial third parties, called arbitrators. An arbitrator will review the documentary evidence submitted by both parties and may hear live testimony from witnesses before rendering a decision in the case, much as a judge would. Many arbitrators are retired judges. The procedures and rules of evidence used in arbitration are not as formal as those used in court proceedings. This may lead to a faster, less expensive resolution of your case.


Mediation is another out-of-court dispute resolution alternative designed to help opposing parties resolve their legal disputes. During mediation, a neutral third party serves as a facilitator who meets with the parties both together and separately to try to work out a settlement agreement acceptable to all parties.


Trial by jury may be your best or only way to obtain fair compensation in your case. Your Chappell, Smith & Arden attorney will explain the litigation process and work with you every step of the way to the courtroom.




For a free consultation with Mark D. Chappell or W. Hugh McAngus, Jr. of Chappell, Smith & Arden, call toll free 800.531.9780.

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