When selecting a mesothelioma lawyer, you want to make sure you make the best possible choice. The process can be confusing, stressful and prove to be a job in itself. There are some tips that you should follow to assist you in making the proper selection.
Is this mesothelioma lawyer one of the best?
There is a plethora of mesothelioma attorney ads online and in legal magazines. However, they are not authorities on the subject nor have the experience to garner you a winning case. It is important to ensure that your selection works at a law firm that specializes in tort cases and has won millions for their clients. An attorney that has been practicing family law will probably not make the best selection for this type of complicated case.
How much research should a potential client do before hiring a mesothelioma lawyer?
Make sure that the law firm you select will actually be handling your case. Many firms take on cases and then pass them off to another – less experienced – mesothelioma law firm. Ask if they will be the ones handling your case. Also, the average time period for a mesothelioma case is 2 years. Ask if you can have the same lawyer from beginning to end. Ask if you can speak with other clients they are working for or have worked with. A successful law firm should be willing to provide you with this type of information.
How do I know what my mesothelioma lawyer should be doing?
Once you have made an educated decision, make sure that you are clear on the terms of your agreement with the law firm. Details such as percentage of winnings for you and the lawyer, court costs, investigation costs, documentation costs are paramount to understand and agree upon – from the beginning. Insist on a schedule for updates from your attorney and what information will be provided. Make sure you understand your options – regarding everything – like accepting a settlement, filing as part of a class action lawsuit or proceeding with a jury trial. Even though your chances for success cannot be guaranteed, make sure you are comfortable with the approach your attorney plans to take with your case.
If you are not clear, ask for clarification. If you are still not clear – ask again. If you continue to be unclear about anything, insist someone else help explain it to you. Most importantly, be honest and sure about all of the facts about your case that your attorney will need to use to help you win. The very most important thing you can do is make sure you receive everything about your agreement with your mesothelioma lawyer in writing. Don’t forget that your case will take upwards of 2 years or more. Having everything in writing will prevent miscommunications and misunderstandings once the case is on its course.