Selecting a Lawyer for a Mesothelioma Case

Mesothelioma Lawyer

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Being diagnosed with mesothelioma is hard enough and hiring a lawyer to handle any litigation related to your asbestos-caused illness does not make it any easier. Dealing with health and legal matters at the same time is a major headache and something that you and your family do not need to be dealing with during this already difficult time. Cut down on your stress and burden by following a few easy tips to find the best lawyer to represent your mesothelioma case.

Get recommendations

If you acquired your mesothelioma by working around asbestos, chances are that some of your colleagues have been diagnosed with the disease as well. Talk to them to see if any of them engaged a lawyer and if so, ask if they have any suggestions on the lawyer you should use.

Check experience

When you start looking at individual lawyers you should look for those who have experience successfully handling asbestos-related cases. You want a lawyer who wins cases against asbestos-using companies and makes them pay. It is important to have a lawyer who knows how to navigate the specifics of asbestos cases because they can be very complicated and are somewhat of a legal niche. In other words, you need a lawyer specialist, not a general practitioner.

Know how to read their websites

Hopefully, by this point, everyone knows that not everything you read on the internet is true. That goes for information about lawyers as well. When you look at a lawyer’s website wanting to know if they specialize in mesothelioma cases, pay attention to how much space and information they devote to asbestos-related issues. One line in an FAQ section probably doesn’t mean that the lawyer in question spends a great amount of time with asbestos lawsuits. However, the lawyer whose page is filled with information about asbestos lawsuit information probably does have a lot of experience with mesothelioma cases.

What to avoid

As you do your browsing, there are a few items that should raise giant red flashing warning signs that tell you that you do not want to do business with a particular lawyer. First, any website or individual that promises that they can get you x amount of money (usually a large sum) should be ignored—no lawyer can guarantee you either a win or a specific amount of money. Second, if they claim to be one of the most well-known asbestos lawyers, but you never see their name listed on any advocate websites or client reports.

 Specific traits

Once you have narrowed down your list, you should interview your candidates. Some may not be able to take your case, so make sure that you have enough choices on your shortlist to cover this possibility. During the interview, you should find out if they are knowledgeable about both state and federal asbestos laws, are able to deal with clients and families going through severe illness or who have lost loved ones, and if they possess the investigatory skills to research company records.

Once you have done these steps, mull over the information in your mind and make the selection you think is the best fit for you.

Other Resources
Nolo.com, How to Hire a Mesothelioma or Asbestos Lawyer. Available from: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/mesothelioma-asbestos-lawyer-hire-30343.html. (Accessed 3 October 2014).