If you are a victim of mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness, you are also likely a victim of corporate negligence their best opportunity to recover some of the losses incurred as a result of the disease. Throughout the 20th century, millions of innocent people were knowingly exposed to a toxic carcinogen by the companies that profited of off it manufacture, sale, and distribution.
You now have the opportunity to file a personal injury claim and collect compensatory damages for the medical expenses, lost wages and suffering that you’ve endured as a result of this corporate carelessness. While it may at first seem intimidating, the claim-filing process is relatively simple and straightforward and the following three-part series is dedicated to helping you understand how to proceed.
When you set out to find a mesothelioma attorney to represent you in your asbestos-injury claim, you’ll want to make sure and choose from the best of the best. Because there is such a high volume of firms that specialize in toxic tort cases – especially those involving asbestos – you’ll need to narrow down your options to just a few in order to make the selection process efficient and simple. To guide you in making the best choice possible, follow the basic rules that are outlined below.
Rule #1: Gather recommendations from people you know.
If you are a victim of occupational asbestos exposure, it’s a good idea to get in touch with former co-workers. There’s a good chance that some of them have already filed a claim and can offer you an attorney referral. If this is not an option, look into your network to see whom else might have a recommendation for a top-quality attorney that specializes in asbestos-injury cases. Even your doctor or nurses, who likely work with many victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions, may be able to offer you some guidance on where to find a mesothelioma attorney to competently handle your case.
Rule #2: Do your research.
Any reputable asbestos law firm these days should have a website, which lists some basic information about the attorneys who comprise it. Use this resource to gather some basic information about the firm and also get an idea about the experience and qualifications of each associate and partner. Generally speaking, you’ll want to find a mesothelioma attorney with at least 5-10 years of experience individually and a firm with more than one knowledgeable asbestos legal expert on staff.
Rule #3: Ask the right questions.
It’s common practice among asbestos-specialty firms to offer initial consultations free of charge. Take advantage of this, and make appointments with at least one or two firms that have met all of your expectations thus far. Once you have an attorney from the firm you are considering in front of your (or on the phone), you should “interview” him or her to confirm that all of the information you’ve gathered is accurate and ensure that you feel comfortable entrusting your case with this individual.
A few examples of good questions to ask, once you find a mesothelioma attorney that you are seriously considering hiring are:
-If I choose your firm, can you guarantee me that my case be handled in-house (rather than passed off to another, less experienced firm)?
-How many cases like mine have you handled recently, and what was the outcome of those cases?
-What challenges do you see that may come up at trial if we end up in court?
-What is the rate of your contingency fee?