Over the next several weeks, we’ll continue to explore some of the key topics of interest for veterans of the military regarding exposure to asbestos and the possible consequences to their health and finances that can result from the exposure.
Veterans at risk for potentially fatal levels of asbestos exposure typically are those who served between the years of the First World War and Vietnam. Those individuals were not made aware of the risks to their well being at their time of service, and some may not even be aware of them now. The purpose of these next several articles is to educate and inform those who may have been affected by toxic levels of asbestos about their medical, legal and financial options in the years following exposure.
More information about the risks and consequences of asbestos exposure for veterans of the U.S. Military, including a free consultation of your possible case against those responsible for exposing you to a known dangerous carcinogen, you can contact Shrader Law and Associates, LLP directly anytime of the day TOLL-FREE at 1-877-637-6347.
PART XII: CHOOSING AN ASBESTOS ATTORNEY FOR YOUR CASE
Now that we’ve discussed the procedure for filing a personal injury claim in the U.S. Civil Court System, let’s zero in on the first-and most important-of those steps: selecting an asbestos attorney. The attorney you choose absolutely has the power to make or break your case, possibly meaning the difference in a compensatory sum of millions-or nothing at all. That means that you should take great care in researching, interviewing and scrutinizing law firms before selecting a lawyer for your case.
Establishing a Pool of Viable Candidates
Because today many law firms claim to specialize in asbestos law and personal injuries cases for mesothelioma victims, it can often be helpful to first weed out the fluff and establish a short list of just a few potential attorneys for handling your case. To do so, you should rely on your research skills by looking up solid information on local and national firms-including client testimonials, past verdicts and settlements and attorney bios (which should include things like board certifications and years of experience). You can also ask people you know referrals (if available).
Asking the Right Questions to Make the Right Choice
Once you have a list of viable candidates, it is highly advisable to meet with each one-either in person or on the phone-to get a feel for whether or not he or she is the right asbestos attorney for you. You should ask a number of important questions, including:
- How long have you been practicing mesothelioma litigation, specifically?
- How many cases similar to mine have you handled and what were the outcomes?
- What is your firm’s policy on returning client phone calls and emails?
- How much do you charge as a contingent fee for your services?
- What kind of outcome do you think you can you expect from my case?
Trusting Your Gut and Everything You Know
In the end, choosing the right asbestos attorney comes down to a few different factors: most importantly-the attorney’s experience and case history, overall personal compatibility and finally-whatever your instinct is telling you.