If you are a victim of asbestos exposure, you are sure to have mesothelioma legal questions. Your first action in your legal fight is to find a law firm with direct experience in tort and asbestos cases. They should differentiate themselves from other law firms that do not file asbestos lawsuits. They should assign you a legal team of in-house council and you should be their number one priority. They should be experienced in providing first class individualized attention that these types of cases warrant.
Their credentials and experience with asbestos and tort cases should earn them a title of being experts in asbestos exposure law. Make sure your assigned legal team is with you throughout the entire process. Having to repeat information or lose time for new members to catch up is not an option with this illness. Unfortunately, the average mesothelioma life expectancy after diagnosis is just 2 years.
Make sure your team has a comprehensive approach that manages cases from both a legal and medical perspective. Many clients may have recently received their mesothelioma diagnosis and will be interested in finding out about the new medical research as it relates to their disease. Many mesothelioma legal law firms preserve relationships with medical professionals who specialize in asbestos-related illness and, when applicable, will share appropriate treatment information.
If they are truly experienced in tort and asbestos law, they should maintain a knowledge database that contains the latest information regarding companies that sold, used or exposed workers to asbestos and if they have had insurance companies set up trust funds for asbestos victims. It should also hold what companies have sued and their statistics of trial cases and settled cased.
No matter what type of asbestos-related cancer a patient might have, mesothelioma legal questions are sure to follow. Such questions may include:
When we file a lawsuit, how long will it take to receive money?
Most cases take one year to complete, although some can take up to 2 years or longer to complete.
What are the chances I will have to go to trial?
In many cases, going to trial is not necessary because the case will have a settlement. A client always has the option to request to go to trial. If proceeding with a trial is required, prepare yourself to undergo cross examination and deliver a deposition.
How much work will I be expected to do to prepare the case?
Making your decision to bring a lawsuit against the parties legally responsible for your asbestos exposure should be the hardest part of the mesothelioma legal process for you. Once you accomplish this, your law firm should dot the “I’s” and cross the “T’s” on just about everything else.
Will I have to pay money to retain a mesothelioma lawyer?
You should not. If you speak with a mesothelioma law firm that requests a retainer, run.