Hey Jam1 - No I didn’t have to go through mediation and/or discovery. We had scheduled a meeting for last Monday for a Questioning/Discovery but over the weekend my Lawyer called me (we had met last Friday to go over what would happen in the Questioning meeting) to ask me if we wanted to just counter an offer they had made several months back (which was stupidly low and I ignored). Anyway - I agreed with the decision so instead of going thru a questioning we countered and went back and forth several times (I was not in the meeting room with them - only my lawyer was - he went back and forth from the meeting room to me in his office). The negotiation settled after about 3.5 hours. It’s not going to replace my income to 65 (11 years owing) by any means but I’m not unhappy with what I we settled for (we’ll see after legal costs, disbursements, taxes & GST). BTW - I signed a non-disclosure agreement to not talk about this (LOL).
That was my attitude as well. Totally - and the stress on me was huge and showed on my followup medical exams. I actually thought that the next day after the settlement I would miraculously feel good with some of the stress relieved but to my dismay I have felt almost worse. Shouldn’t surprise me with all the things I suffer from but was still hopeful for some reprieve.
Elaine - It took me approx 11 months from start to finish. I consider that amazing. The settlement was liveable. It’s never going to cover 11 years of income replacement. More like 3. But if I don’t go into remission in the next few years I’ll have my pension to rely on.