According to the 2014 Medical Malpractice Annual Report compiled by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, over a five-year period ending December 31, 2013, insurers and self-insurers used alternative dispute resolution to settle 581 medical malpractice claims. Of these claims, malpractice mediation was favored as the best form of alternative dispute resolution for malpractice claims (89.3%). The report also showed that malpractice mediation resulted in a median paid indemnity of $175,000, with median defense costs at $47,368.
What makes malpractice mediation unique?
Malpractice mediation in Seattle has become a favored way of dealing with medical malpractice claims, particularly due to its lower cost (compared to litigation) and effectiveness in helping claimants reach a quick and fair resolution for their case. Although there are other forms of alternative dispute resolution such as arbitration, malpractice mediation is unique because it leaves the choice in the hands of the disputants. Only the parties involved determine how to settle the dispute—no judge, jury or arbitrator will give a judgment that is legally binding.