PART THREE-In the Aftermath of Asbestos: Choosing the Right Mesothelioma Attorney for your Case
Once you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, an attorney will be able to help you get the compensation that you deserve. By securing an asbestos settlement, you’ll be able to pay for the substantial deficits you’re likely to accrue over the course of treatment. Compensatory funds will also be important in securing your family’s future, an obligation that is likely high on your list of priorities.
Here are some basic and simple tips to keep in mind when choosing a mesothelioma attorney to represent your interests:
Tip #1: Make your choice based on research and personal referrals—not advertised claims of success or competence.
Competition is stiff amongst firms specializing in mesothelioma legal issues. The drastic rise of asbestos-related litigation that occurred in the 1980s and 90s created a substantially increased need for professionals that specialize in tort law. Today, hundreds of firms are seen frequently advertising their services on national television and within their local communities.
But potential claimants should be wary of firms that are overly zealous in attracting business via boastful or particularly aggressive ad campaigns. This is because many big-budget firms solicit new clients for the sole purpose of selling of their cases to smaller and less experienced attorneys. Be sure and substantiate any advertised claims that a firm makes and also verify that they will be handling your case in-house.
Tip #2: Use the initial consultation to verify that any mesothelioma attorney that you’re considering is both experienced and knowledgeable regarding asbestos-specific claims.
Most asbestos-injury firms offer free consultations, which will allow you to meet with a representative from the firm and ask questions about your case. Use this opportunity wisely by asking about the experience of the attorney, as well as what he or she expects for your case. You will want to hire a lawyer with no less than five to ten years in asbestos tort litigation—someone who will have the expertise and negotiating skills to produce a favorable outcome in your case.
Tip #3: Be sure that your experience with the firm is going to be both personal and pleasant.
While some large firms routinely task their support staff of legal assistants and paralegals with interviewing potential clients, you’ll want to look for a firm that puts you in contact with a qualified mesothelioma lawyer from the point of the initial consultation. Doing so shows a commitment to a personalized and client-focused experience—something you’ll want to have from day one.