The New York State Unified Court System provides plaintiffs and defendants, insurance companies, injured persons and other parties with some options in lieu of trial. These creative out-of-court solutions can sometimes help to resolve conflicts and aid in reaching settlement agreements in personal injury cases such as motor vehicle or pedestrian accidents.
Known as alternative dispute resolution, this option can be chosen voluntarily. An experienced review of the circumstances with legal counsel will help determine its likelihood to succeed. Often when settlement negotiations don't work and a lawsuit is filed, a court will order ADR is tried first.