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medical information, types, stages, symptoms, treatment and legal advice
for malignant mesothelioma patients and their families
Making a Selection:
for the Insured ä would like to provide the consumer with
information on how to consider the selection of an attorney
for their mesothelioma claims. We hope the following is informative.
Be selective and ask questions before making a decision to hire a mesothelioma
What is mesothelioma? Over simplified, mesothelioma has
resulted due to human exposure to asbestos during the manufacturing of
products that contained asbestos. Companies that manufacture products that contain asbestos have known for over 60 years that asbestos can cause serious diseases
such as mesothelioma. Because many manufacturers of products that
contained asbestos wanted to increase their profits, the hazards of
asbestos were kept out of the public eye. As a consequence this situation endangered their workers.
Laws have been put into effect that help protect the workers who have been harmed by their exposure to asbestos-related products
and great sums of money have been set aside to compensate those who have
Past publications indicate that a typical mesothelioma claim settlement is $1 million.
Attorneys may charge fees representing 40% of this amount. Past cases
that actually went to trial, have resulted in awards near $6 million and
have been increasing over the years.
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Due to such large settlements and litigation awards, mesothelioma attorneys are very eager to find
individuals that suffer from mesothelioma. It is vital that
consumers select the right attorney that is best suited for
Often attorneys have a simple goal of advertising to retain a mesothelioma
claimant and simply refer these cases to other law firms. These attorneys
may receive part of the fee
for their efforts.
Ask your attorney if this is being done in your case. Do not
necessarily rule this attorney out.
A good attorney who has the ability to set you in the right direction
should not be disregarder. Allowing an attorney who has the knowledge and
contacts to direct your mesothelioma claim to the best legal offices may
put you in a better position than settling for an attorney who dose not
have the experience you need.
Although Attorneys do not provide medical information regarding the
aspects of this serious disease (This aspect of your mesothelioma claim
is in the hands of the medical professionals who have diagnosed your
condition.) the attorney handling your mesothelioma claim should have
experience in dealing with claims and litigation involving serious
An attorneys personal level of experience in representing mesothelioma
patients is important. Find out how many cases the attorney has actually
handled. Inquire as to how many mesothelioma claims were settled out of
court and how many mesothelioma claims were litigated.
Mesothelioma claims can be complicated. The law firm for which your
attorney works should have the
staff and the resources to represent you should your individual mesothelioma
claim linger in the court system.
It is important to know if the individual attorney that you will
be dealing with face to face will be the actual attorney handling your
mesothelioma claim from start to finish. This may or may not be the case.
Attorneys have different skill levels and different attorneys in a law
firm may handle different
aspects of your mesothelioma claim or litigation. Ask to meet with them.
Find out what is involved in this kind of claim/lawsuit. You want to get an overview of the process, and what your role will be in it. You also want to get a sense of how good a communicator the attorney
who will negotiating your mesothelioma claim is or how experienced the
trial attorney is should your mesothelioma claims proceed to a trial.
Mesothelioma claims and verdicts bring in big dollars for mesothelioma
claimants and also the attorneys handling the mesothelioma claims.
Attorney fees in these cases are generally based on contingency fee contracts,
meaning that the attorneys receive a percentage of the settlement or
award the mesothelioma
claimant recovers if the claim or suit is successful. If the suit is not successful, then the attorneys earn no fee.
It can be very expensive to handle a mesothelioma claim due to
the cost of the claim presentation and legal case preparations. Thousands of dollars
may be spent on initial costs associated with preparing for the trial, such as travel, hiring expert
witnesses, depositions, etc.
Mesothelioma claim expenses are ordinarily paid for by the attorney who represents you
and are sometimes treated as advances against the final settlement of your Mesothelioma
A lot is at stake financially in these lawsuits. Therefore, it is ordinarily a good idea to interview a number of attorneys before you make a final decision about who will represent you. Consider trying to get at least two or three recommendations so you can make
the best decision for yourself. If you are comfortable with the first
attorney that your meet stay with him. For some, your first personal
judgment can be your best.
Douglas L. LaFaive. (Douglas L. LaFaive is a Special Feature writer for:
Advocates for the Insured www.claimshelp.com
ä and author of
Claims Game How to Play to Win! How to ... settle your Automobile Injury Claim.)
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