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Learn To Analyze Business Insurance Arbitrations

Aug 17, 2007
Business insurance arbitration involves some sort of understanding between two or more individuals or entities to submit a legal dispute for decision with a qualified arbitrator or panel of arbitrators. After the submission of the legal dispute, the arbitrator hears evidence from the parties concerned and gives a binding and final decision on the basis of the evidence, with a very limited chance of a right to appeal.

Recent years have seen a tremedous increase in the the use of arbitration by big and small businesses as well as individual litigations. According to one estimate, approximately 34 states, and the District of Columbia, have accepted the Uniform Arbitration Act. The remaining states all enforce arbitration agreements and certify arbitration awards as judgments if one party demands it.

Analysis is Necessary
One cant deny the advantages of arbitration of disputes regarding issues like employment disputes, government contracts, numbers of product liability matters, domestic matters, and other contexts. However, it is very tricky, especially for business firms, to assume that arbitration is the best solution in every circumstance.

It is the responsibility of the business firms to fully analyze all the benefits and the shortcomings of arbitration prior to entering into arbitration. Although the view may sound a bit boring, one must take into account the arbitration centrifuge that has continued to separate the number of firms and the individuals from the court system. It is advisable that you don't let your business get affected by all the things the legal process can involve.

There are lot of advantages associated with the arbitration clauses in contracts and agreements. Not only do they give you an option of settling a dispute in less time, they also are less expensive when compared to utilizing the courts and lawyers. The most general arbitration clause is that the parties agree on the disagreement contract with an individual to act as an arbitrator.

It is very important that the arbitrator be acceptable to both parties as this can have a significant impact. The fact remains that a number of arbitration clauses emphasize that the decision of the arbitrator is final or that the arbitration is a binding arbitration. Where there are entities, such as business firms, involved in the issue rather than individuals the arbitration clause may give permission for each entity to choose a person to represent them and those two individuals then choose a third, again highlighting the point that the arbitration is usually binding. All parties involved in the dispute normally pay for the costs involved with implementing the arbitration equally.
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David Gass is President of Business Credit Services, Inc. His company publishes a free weekly e-newsletter on Small Business Consulting at their web site http://www.smallbusinessconsulting.com
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