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What is Alternative Dispute Resolution? (ADR)

Alternative dispute resolution is defined as the use of methods such as mediation and arbitration to resolve a dispute instead of litigation. ADR procedures are usually less costly and more expeditious. One primary reason parties may prefer ADR proceedings is they are often collaborative and allow the parties to understand each other’s positions.

In Mediation, an impartial person called a “mediator” works with the parties to come to a mutually agreeable solution; usually non-binding decision until the parties agree in writing to a settlement.

In Arbitration, a neutral person called an “arbitrator” hears each side of a dispute and issues a decision. The parties may agree to have the decision be binding, where the arbitrator’s decision is final.

Even though Alternative Dispute Resolution seems more efficient than litigation, it is still important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you at these proceedings in order to help you get the maximum your compensation for your injuries.

Disclaimer: While we always seek to establish accuracy when publishing articles, this piece is not intended to provide legal advice, and should not be used as such. Each individual case will differ and should be discussed with an attorney or legal expert. If you would like to inquire about pursuing a claim, please contact us at (858) 560-0781 or email

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