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If you were found guilty in the criminal case, a civil suit is much more difficult to defend because of the prevailing conviction.
Obviously, I don't know anything about the facts of the case, the bills incurred (whether they are all reasonable and whether they are all related to the injuries sustained from your actions) or any defense you could have for self-defense, etc.
However, I would recommend that you listen to the suggestions of the mediator as he/she likely has a good gauge on all of these issues and can give you a very good idea of where this case may end up if you proceed to trial.
Also, if you settle this case, it is possible that you could have the settlement discharged in bankruptcy. However, if a judgment is entered against you, it is less likely to be dischargable.