Living with Mesothelioma - Part Two: How to Find a Mesothelioma Attorney
Part two of this three-part series describes how to find a mesothelioma attorney, for those who are in need of legal counsel and assistance after having been diagnosed with this rare but very serious form of cancer.
Finding a lawyer who can assist you in filing a personal injury claim should be towards the top of your to-do list, after being diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer. Although a lawsuit may be the furthest thing from your mind while digesting such major, life-altering news, it is of vital importance that anyone who has developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos begins legal proceedings immediately, in order to preserve the viability of their case.
Because of the steep increase in volume of mesothelioma cases over recent years, many attorneys have dedicated their practices exclusively to this specialized sector of personal injury law. A simple Internet search is likely to yield an abundance of web pages advertising firms that focus on asbestos-related claims. It’s important to know that a quality lawyer is integral to the success of your case and the selection process shouldn’t be taken lightly.
For that reason, before setting out to find a mesothelioma attorney, keep the following factors in mind.
Experience. Mesothelioma suits make up a complex and highly technical aspect of personal injury law. You want to find an attorney who is an expert in the legal aspects of this debilitating illness, as well as versed in the medical and scientific specifics of asbestos exposure.
History. An experienced firm will have tried hundreds of mesothelioma cases, and the results of those previous cases will be telling. You want to find a mesothelioma attorney who has been successful in negotiating substantial settlements for a good majority of his or her past clients. Don’t be afraid to ask any lawyer you are considering what their track record is, in addition to how he or she expects that your case might unfold.
Cost. Attorneys receive a portion of your settlement as payment for services rendered. It’s important to ask how much that percentage will be and to compare it with other firms of the same caliber. You want to ensure that you are not paying out more than needed, while still securing representation through a high-caliber firm.
Accessibility. It is likely that you will be working with your lawyer while undergoing medical treatment simultaneously. Therefore, you want to find a mesothelioma attorney who will be easy for you to communicate with and who will be able to promptly respond to any questions or concerns you may have. Be mindful of how your initial contact with any potential firm is handled, and gauge your comfort level upon talking with your prospective attorney.
Settlements for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related injuries can stretch into the millions, making it imperative that you find a mesothelioma attorney who is qualified to represent your interests in the legal arena. Don’t settle for the first firm that pops up in your search window. Seek out the best by evaluating the experience, history, cost and accessibility of the lawyer you choose.