Mediation In Civil Disputes
When a person has been wronged or injured by another person, it is common for them to enter into an extended process of on-going litigation. Studies show that as court dates are continued and the process is prolonged, their ability to heal and recover is significantly impacted.
The Negative Effects Of Litigation
The injured person tends to remain depressed and anxious for a longer period of time and many times they develop difficulties that reach into their family and social lives. Studies also show that when the offending party offers an apology to the person who has been injured, they are able to recover more quickly and with fewer lasting effects.
Prolonged litigation also has a negative effect on those who are being sued. They may suffer from:
- Difficulty concentrating
When wrongdoers fail to take responsibility, they experience shame, guilt and decreased self-esteem. These feelings are significantly reduced when people are able to take responsibility for their actions and seek forgiveness from those they have harmed.
How Mediation Can Help You
Mediation provides the parties involved in an incident the opportunity to meet one another face to face and acknowledge losses and responsibilities. In such a meeting, the wrongdoer can face their accuser and apologize. The injured person then has the chance to accept the apology and to forgive, which allows them to move toward restoration.
Mediation substantially decreases the delay between the time of an accident or event and the resolution of the claim or lawsuit. It the most cost-effective way to resolve a dispute. But equally important, it lessens the emotional and physical impact that the event has on all parties involved.