In Mediation as a Discovery Tool, insurance expert witness Guy O. Kornblum describes the benefits of going to mediation:
So the case does not settle at mediation! Disappointment perhaps, but there are other benefits to going to a mediation. One of them is the exchange of information that takes place between or among the parties. This is particularly true of a mediation that takes place early in the case, or at a certain point in time after the parties have exchanged limited information. Even though a mediation takes place, it is sometimes the case that the parties simply do not know enough about the other side’s position or the facts of the case; therefore, productive negotiations just don’t happen. Or, it may be that the perception of the parties is just quite different and more information needs to be exchanged before settlement can be reached.