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Workers' Compensation Judges' Mediation Procedures

Robert J. Steiner

Office: New Castle District: Western
  1. Please list the offices at which you will mediate a claim.

    New Castle and Pittsburgh.
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  3. Are you willing to mediate claims that are assigned to you for hearing and decision?

    Yes.
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  5. Are you willing to mediate claims in which one or both parties are not represented by counsel?

    Yes.
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  7. Do you require the parties to execute an agreement to mediate? If so, please describe briefly the matters addressed by the agreement.

    No.
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  9. How much time do you typically allow for a mediation session?

    One to two hours.
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  11. Do you require the parties to submit a pre-mediation memorandum? If so:

    No.
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  13. Do you conduct a pre-mediation conference? If so, please describe what takes place at that conference.

    No.
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  15. Do you require all participants (claimant, adjustor/employer representative, counsel) to attend the mediation personally? Under what circumstances do you permit a participant to attend by telephone?

    Yes, but the adjustor/employer representative may participate by telephone.
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  17. Once you receive a mediation request, what is the usual amount of time elapsed until the mediation takes place?

    One to two weeks.
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  19. Describe generally how you conduct a mediation session.

    • Describe each step of the process.

      I am open to parties' suggestions.
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    • Indicate whether you use a facilitative (i.e., helping the parties to communicate and generate their own solutions), evaluative (i.e., discussing the strengths and weaknesses of each party's case and/or offering an opinion as to the settlement value), or mixed approach.

      I use a mixed approach.
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  20. Are you willing to conduct more than one session per claim?

    Yes.
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  22. Is there anything else the parties should know or do in advance of the mediation?

    No.
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