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What is “Arbitration” in regards to Los Angeles Car accident Cases?

Victims of Los Angeles car accident cases often ask our experienced LA car accident attorneys, “what is arbitration?” In short Arbitration is an alternative to going to trial to resolve a legal dispute. Car accident cases in Los Angeles often do not go to trial, nor do they go to arbitration. Instead the vast majority of L.A. car accident cases are settled out of court either before or afer a formal law suit has been filed. However a small number of Los Angeles car accident cases do go to trial, or are arbitrated.

Arbitration occurs when the parties to a car accident law suit cannot reach an amicable settlement agreement outside of court. Thus, instead of going to trial to resolve the dispute, the parties agree to go to Arbitration instead. Unlike in a trial where issues of fact are determined by a jury, and issues of law are decided by a judge, in arbitration, a neutral third party called an arbitrator makes all factual and legal determinations. In essence, an arbitrator acts as both the judge and jury. In an Arbitration, both the Plaintiff and Defendant will present their case to the arbitrator. The Plaintiff and Defendant will present evidence, such as pictures, police reports, medical records and photographs regarding the case. After this process, the arbitrator will decide the merits of the case. The arbitrator will decide who should prevail in the law suit, and how much compensation, if any, the Plaintiff should be afforded.

There are many benefits in arbitrating a dispute. For example, unlike trials, arbitrations can be fast, inexpensive, and efficient; car accident attorneys are not forced to follow strict evidentiary rules which often slow down trials, and which allow the parties to openly present their case in front of the arbitrator; and arbitrations can bring and end to a law suit because arbitrations often end in a settlement agreement.

The experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyers at California Attorney Group have conducted hundreds of arbitrations in LA car accident cases. We work on car accident matters every single day. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies and other attorneys to ensure that you receive the most favorable settlement you may be entitled to. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your L.A. car accident case, or arbitration specifically, do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly Los Angeles car accident attorneys toll free at 1-800-337-8547.