The News Herald reported this week on the on-going civil dispute following a local trolley accident. It was December 2010 when a Bay Town Trolley slammed into a law office located at 11th Street and McKenzie Avenue. The driver, Jennifer Cantu, who no longer works with the trolley service, paid a fine the following month and was cited for careless driving. Judge Michael Overstreet recently ordered release of onboard video footage from the incident in the ongoing civil dispute.
In the footage, Cantu is seen falling from her seat just before impact. No other passengers were onboard at the time. Although no injuries occurred, a civil lawsuit is pending between the business owner and the trolley company. The trolley case is pending in civil court but is currently scheduled for mediation.
Our Panama City accident attorney appreciates that community members may not be familiar with mediation. Most residents understand what it means to file a lawsuit that ends in settlement or goes to trial. However, few realize that there are different ways by which disputes can be adjudicated, often before resorting to a regular lawsuit.
Mediation is just one alternative to trial. Alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") can be elective, contractual, or court-mandated. In some cases, it can be a cost-saving option for all parties involved with particular savings in the discovery arena. Forms of ADR include:
ADR can be a great alternative to the complex and lengthy courtroom process. Our Panama City civil lawyer is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution. ADR can apply in personal injury matters, premises liability claims, and other civil disputes. When you schedule your free consultation with our Panama City attorney, we will discuss whether ADR is appropriate for your case.