When choosing an attorney for your mesothelioma case, you’ll want to find a firm that possesses certain, specific qualities and characteristics. To ensure that any particular firm that you’re considering meets all of your minimum requirements, be sure and consult with one or more of its representatives before signing a contract for representation.
Most any reputable asbestos law firm will offer potential clients a free consultation, which may usually be conducted either in-person or over the phone. During this initial meeting, you can ask questions designed to gage the quality of the attorney and firm. Examples of such questions and explanations of the corresponding qualities they’re intended to assess are included below.
Question Number One: How many attorneys are in your firm, and how many cumulative years of mesothelioma litigation between you all?
While bigger is not necessarily better in terms of quality, when evaluating mesothelioma specialty firms, comprehensive experience is an important factor for consideration. You’ll want the attorney for your mesothelioma case to have access to as many resources as possible while crafting your claim. Therefore, a firm with senior partners, who have ten or more years of mesothelioma experience, is ideal.
You’ll want your individual attorney to be highly experienced as well, but as a general rule, access to a wide body of knowledge is an important key to assuring litigation success.
Question Number Two: How many clients with cases like mine have you represented? What were the results of those cases, and do you have any references from satisfied past clients that I may contact?
Before you select an attorney for your mesothelioma case, you’ll want to ensure that yours is not the first case that attorney has handled. Again, in legal endeavors, experience is key. And because mesothelioma law is highly technical and complicated, you’ll want to retain an attorney who is familiar with the ins and outs of cases like yours from the get-go. You’ll also want to ensure that other mesothelioma victims have experienced favorable results with this attorney and can verify that by contacting former clients yourself.
Question Number Three: What will you need from me to prove my claim, and how do you intend to go about doing so?
While much of the legal footwork will be done by the chosen attorney for your mesothelioma case (i.e. drafting and filing claims with the court, arranging for service of process, corresponding with defendant’s attorneys, etc.), you will still play an integral role in crafting that case. For instance, you will need to work with your attorney to compile and present all necessary documentation (including medical records, proof of exposure and more) that will be required to back up your claim.
Therefore, it’s important to understand what will be expected of you from the beginning—especially since it’s highly likely that you will be in the middle of treatment and other medical care while your case is pending.
Even more importantly, you’ll want to feel confidence in your attorney’s plan and legal strategy for proving your claim—and also in his or her competence to effectively follow that plan through.