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Workers' Compensation Judges' Mediation Procedures

Robert Vonada

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

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

    No.
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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, but I may ask for an agreement to mediate on the record if a court reporter is present.
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  9. How much time do you typically allow for a mediation session?

    One and one-half (1½) hours.
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  11. Do you require the parties to submit a pre-mediation memorandum? If so:

     
    • What information must be contained in the memorandum?

      The parties are asked to recognize strengths and weaknesses of their case.
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    • What documents, if any, must accompany the memorandum?

      None.
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    • How far in advance of the mediation must the parties submit the memorandum and accompanying documents?

      One Week.
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  12. Do you conduct a pre-mediation conference? If so, please describe what takes place at that conference.

    I will explain mediation, confidentiality and the fact that the case remains assigned to the assigned judge.
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  14. 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?

    A claims representative usually participates by telephone.
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  16. Once you receive a mediation request, what is the usual amount of time elapsed until the mediation takes place?

    Four weeks.
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  18. Describe generally how you conduct a mediation session.

    • Describe each step of the process.

      It will vary depending on the case.
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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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  19. Are you willing to conduct more than one session per claim?

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

    Counsel must agree that the parties can agree.
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