When choosing a lawyer for a mesothelioma claim, you will need someone with experience and a solid knowledge base—about mesothelioma and asbestos, specifically. Personal injury claims involving asbestos exposure are highly technical and require investigative techniques that the average attorney will not be familiar with—even attorneys who specialize in personal injury law. The fact that so many law firms now specialize in meso claims is perhaps a double-edged sword, however, resulting in a sometimes-oversaturated market that can be difficult to weed through. Finding the best lawyer for your case will require some dedicated research and forethought but doesn’t have to be a difficult or intimidating process.
Because a simple search (whether online or otherwise) for ‘lawyer for mesothelioma’ is almost guaranteed to produce a large number of potential attorneys and firms, the first thing you’ll probably want to do is narrow down your choices. Doing so will likely help prevent you from feeling too overwhelmed. Once you have compiled a list of just a few possibilities, you can set out to speak with each lawyer individually. Often, it is possible to find out everything you’ll need to know to make a decision through a simple phone call. Other times, you may want to consider taking advantage of the free consultations that most firms will offer and actually sit down with one of their attorneys in person.
In either case, have a list of questions that you’ve written down ahead of time to ask during this initial “interview.” Some things you’ll want to ask about include experience and past results. A quality lawyer for mesothelioma cases will have represented many other clients with situations similar to yours and will have successfully met their needs. To be extra thorough, you may consider asking the lawyers that you are seriously considering for a list of references—satisfied past clients who are willing to vouch on their behalf and have given permission for their contact information to be released.
Do not be shy about asking your potential lawyer for mesothelioma law information—even if you already know the answers to your own questions (as any shrewd researcher very well may). You want to make sure that the attorney of your choosing is well versed in all aspects of the law as it relates to mesothelioma victims. He or she should be able to provide you with a reasonable timeline for your case, as well as a practical notion of what to expect from your ultimate settlement.
Lastly, be sure to verify the amount of the contingency fee (essentially, a portion of your final settlement) that each asbestos attorney that you are considering typically charges. To aware that, in some cases, this fee is negotiable, but not always.