Mesothelioma is a disease caused by exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma victims almost always win monetary damages if they sue, but the cases can be tricky and it usually takes a mesothelioma lawyer to identify the parties who are responsible for the exposure to asbestos (asbestos producers, insurance companies or trust funds of asbestos victims) and start litigation settlement process or process. Since mesothelioma cases are a specialized legal niche, it is important to understand how mesothelioma lawyers work and how to hire a good one. Read on to find out more. (For general information on hiring a lawyer, see Viiversenka’s article “Finding a Personal Injury Lawyer”)
People who find out they are suffering from mesothelioma (often as a result of working with asbestos) usually have a great chance to recover substantial monetary damages – either from the company that produced or installed the asbestos, or from the trust of asbestos victims. fund. But these cases can be tricky, especially medically, as mesothelioma often appears 10 to 40 years after exposure to asbestos. Having an experienced lawyer by your side – especially with success in mesothelioma cases – can make all the difference. (To learn more about mesothelioma cases, read Viiversenka’s article, Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawsuits: What to Expect.)
Finding the right mesothelioma lawyer can be the key to your case, but it can also take time and effort. If you are not feeling well, make sure you get help from an experienced family member or friend. As noted below, you will get the best results if you carefully study the lawyer’s qualifications and track record, and then interview a few of them. You may also need to agree on the amount of incidental expenses and other expenses.
Ways To Find The Right Mesothelioma Lawyer
Ask former colleagues
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, chances are good that the people you worked with at the time of your contact also suffer from it and may have already hired a lawyer and filed a lawsuit. If they’ve done well with a lawyer they love and respect, that’s a good start.
Browse the Viiversenkoy online directory of lawyers
Some of the attorneys featured in the Viiversenkoy Law Directory deal with mesothelioma cases (full disclosure: attorneys pay a listing fee with Viiversenka). These attorneys completed a detailed profile containing valuable information about their training, professional education, legal professions and personal relationships. Although there are a number of other legal guides, we believe Viversenkoy provides the most consumer-friendly information. Go to the Mesothelioma – Asbestos section of the Viiversenkoy Lawyer’s Guide to find a mesothelioma lawyer in your area.
Investigate lawyers online
Because mesothelioma cases can be so lucrative, many law firms spend a lot of money on online advertisements and websites. Just google mesothelioma lawyer and you will find a long list. Click on a few ads or websites and you will see that everyone claims to be the best of the best. How do you deal with all this hype to focus on a short list of hopefully great mesothelioma lawyers? We recommend that you carefully read the legal information that each lawyer provides. In our experience, lawyers who provide well-written, comprehensive information demonstrate superior sensitivity to client needs. Plus, we don’t trust lawyers who say a little more than“I can give you millions at once – trust me.”
How To Choose The Right Mesothelioma Lawyer
Check the advice of a lawyer
A good mesothelioma lawyer should provide you with the name and contact information of several satisfied clients. Of course, the lawyer will need to get the client’s permission, but this can usually be arranged. Although you will only be given the names of very satisfied clients, it can still be very helpful to talk to someone who has worked with the attorney you are considering in your mesothelioma case.
Interview with lawyers
Once you’ve put together a short list of mesothelioma lawyers, contact their offices (again, get help if you’re seriously ill). Request a case assessment and, if possible, schedule a personal interview. Ask who exactly will be managing your case (often a facilitator who is not a lawyer in large firms). Find out who you can call or email if you have questions and how long it will take to answer you. Anticipating these questions, many law firms will provide you with a written overview of what to expect. Especially if it’s detailed and ensures that all calls and emails are returned within 24 hours, that’s a good sign.
Agree on fees with a lawyer
Mesothelioma attorneys charge a contingency fee for their legal representation as well as additional costs to prepare your case. One good approach is to contact several lawyers, making it clear that you will take the time to sign the fee agreement. Your goal is to find a good lawyer who will represent you for 25-30% of your recovery instead of 33-40%. But keep in mind that cases of mesothelioma can be very tricky. If you find a lawyer who has recommended you and has a lot of experience (and successful experience) representing mesothelioma clients, then a few percent on incidental expenses probably shouldn’t determine whether you hire that lawyer or not.
Find out how expenses are handled
A good lawyer will deduct costs (such as registration fees and compensation for expert witnesses) from the top of any settlement or fee before the money is divided and the lawyer takes the agreed percentage. This way, you and the lawyer share the cost. And a good lawyer will give you receipts showing that all costs incurred were specific to your case – meaning that you are not burdened with a portion of the firm’s general operating expenses bill.