Choosing a Law Firm

You are ready to fight the entity that put you or your loved one in a negligent situation that is causing sickness, high health bills, stress on your family and even death. It’s time for you to choose the right law firm.

Mesothelioma can be a stressful and complicated situation from a legal perspective. It is important to find the right lawyer for you and your family. This is because there are many factors that may play into a mesothelioma lawsuit.

Is the lawyer experienced in mesothelioma cases?

These cases are tricky and extremely technical. In addition, the law can vary from state to state. It is imperative that your lawyer knows the ins and outs of the law when it comes to negligence and mesothelioma. Knowledge of asbestos litigation is obviously important, but asbestos experience brings the wisdom needed to handle your case. Your lawyer must be able to handle any issues that may come your way.

Does the lawyer have a successful track record?

Your lawyer won’t have won every case, but it would be good to know if they have an excellent track record. Remember, your case may take a while and will be stressful so you want to ensure you have a high probability of actually winning. Also, find out how many cases went to trial and how many were settled out of court. Be sure to ask lots of questions to find out which outcome would be best suited for your particular case.

Find out, too, if your lawyer will be filing for your individual case or will be bundling your case with others in a class action suit. Often times, you are not the only one who has been affected by your company’s negligence and you may find that others are struggling with asbestos cancer like you. Talk to your lawyer to find out what is the best way to fight back, if this is the case.

Will the lawyer with whom you consulted handle your case or will another team?

A lot of times, a law firm will have several lawyers that may work on your case. You may consult with a lawyer yet your mesothelioma case may be handled by another lawyer. It is important to find out who will actually work your case so you can properly assess if the he or she is right for your family.

Are you comfortable with the lawyer who will be working your case?

Again, your case may take some time and you will be working closely with your lawyer. You want someone who you feel comfortable working with and sharing personal info with. You want to be sure they have your and your family’s best interests in mind. You must feel you can trust your lawyer and their team. Communication will be important and you want to ensure you have excellent communication and support from your legal team. Trust your mind and heart when deciding who will handle your case.

How will your lawyer be paid?

You need to know how to pay your lawyer before hiring. Be sure to discuss the options of payment available to you. Most lawyers have various fees such as:

  • Flat fee
  • Hourly fee
  • Contingent fee

Contingent fees may be the best choice for you since they mean the lawyer will just take a certain percentage upon settlement. Although this can be a fairly high percentage, it can help you tremendously in regards to finances. There may still be some upfront fees involved so discuss all your lawyer’s payment options in great length.

Ask tons of questions and trust your instinct when deciding who will represent you and your family in the fight for justice against asbestos negligence. Remember, you must find the right lawyer for YOU.

I got my settlement letter on Wednesday. It’s a day I honestly never actually thought I would see. I wanted to sincerely thank you and your team for all of your hard work and time. I think it’s also important that you hear how much your work not only made a financial difference for my family to catch up from all of the medical expenses, but more importantly, that we don't have to worry about our financial future with my husband being gone. — Jen D.