Answers to Common Questions about Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit
The lawyers from Simmons Hanly Conroy understand that asbestos litigation and filing asbestos lawsuits are not simple processes, even under the best of conditions. While no amount of compensation can buy you a medical miracle, mesothelioma lawsuits can help you afford the mesothelioma treatments you need and eliminate the worry that medical costs are draining your family budget.
This section about mesothelioma asbestos lawsuits will address many of the initial questions you may have. If you have additional questions or concerns about asbestos litigation, please do not hesitate to contact one of our lawyers. Even after you contact us, you do not have to choose a Simmons Hanly Conroy employee as your mesothelioma lawyer should you decide to move forward with an asbestos lawsuit.
- How do lawsuits for mesothelioma work?
- I’ve been exposed to asbestos, but I do not have symptoms of any asbestos-related disease yet. Can I file a lawsuit?
- How much will it cost for you to investigate my claim?
- How much will it cost for you to represent me?
- How much can I expect to receive through a lawsuit?
- I noticed that you are based in Illinois, but I do not live there. Why should I hire you instead of a law firm closer to my home?
- How long can I wait to file a lawsuit?
- How long do lawsuits last?
- Can I file a lawsuit on behalf of a deceased family member?
- Whom should I file my lawsuit against?
- Will my lawsuit be filed in my state?
- Will I have to travel?
- Will I have to testify at trial?
- Will my asbestos litigation case be part of a class action?
1. How do mesothelioma lawsuits work?
When you first come to Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of our mesothelioma lawyers will sit down with you to discuss your potential case. If you are a good candidate for a mesothelioma lawsuit, our lawyers will file all necessary paperwork against the defendant and start the discovery period. During this time, both you and the defendant will be questioned as lawyers prepare for trial. Many times, a settlement is reached either at the end of the discovery period or during the early phases of the trial. If a case goes through the entire trial process, it will receive a jury verdict that could be appealed by the defendant.
2. I’ve been exposed to asbestos, but I do not have symptoms of any asbestos-related diseases yet. Can I file a lawsuit?
Even if you can prove you have been exposed to asbestos, you must have an asbestos-related disease to file asbestos lawsuits. If you have been exposed to asbestos, schedule regular checkups to let a doctor monitor you for symptoms of asbestos diseases, since these diseases are much more treatable when caught early.
3. How much will it cost for you to investigate my claim?
Nothing. The minute you contact us, our mesothelioma lawyers will begin investigating your asbestos claim at no cost to you or your family. Typically, one of our investigators or attorneys will call or visit you to gather information about you, your family, and work history. After we have sufficient information, we decide if we can recommend filing a mesothelioma lawsuit. This is of no financial cost to you.
4. How much will it cost for you to represent me?
Again, nothing. There is no financial risk on your part in filing a mesothelioma lawsuit. The lawyers from Simmons Hanly Conroy represent clients on a “contingency” basis, which means that we will only collect a fee if and when you collect a settlement from a mesothelioma lawsuit. A mesothelioma attorney will meet with you to go over these matters in detail.
5. How much can I expect to receive through a lawsuit?
Recovery results truly vary per client. The amount you receive from your mesothelioma lawsuit depends on a variety of factors including whether your case gets a settlement or a jury verdict. To get a better idea about what compensation you can expect through a mesothelioma lawsuit, please contact one of our lawyers.
6. Why should I hire you instead of a firm closer to my home?
Although Simmons Hanly Conroy is a law firm based in Illinois, our mesothelioma lawyers have represented individuals and families affected by mesothelioma from all across the country, recovering millions of dollars in the process.*
7. How long can I wait to file a lawsuit?
While each asbestos litigation case is unique, the law imposes certain time limitations on how long one can wait to file a mesothelioma lawsuit until it is “too late.” These are called “statutes of limitations.” Essentially, an individual only has a certain period of time after they are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease in which to file their asbestos claim. As a result, we advise that you contact us immediately so that we can evaluate your case.
8. How long do lawsuits last?
Mesothelioma lawsuits can take time, especially when they are being filed in a busy court system or they require extra investigation. Your Simmons Hanly Conroy mesothelioma attorney will work hard to expedite your case, but please understand that he may need extra time to make sure you get the best settlement possible.
9. Can I file a lawsuit on behalf of a deceased family member?
In many states, a family member can file a wrongful death suit on behalf of a loved one. Because statute of limitation laws strictly govern the amount of time you have to file one of these suits, you should discuss any potential legal action with a lawyer as soon as possible.
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10. Whom should I file my lawsuit against?
In order to get the most out of your asbestos lawsuit, it is imperative that you file against the right defendant. By learning more about your situation, our asbestos lawyers can help you decide whom you should file against. Even if you don’t know where you were exposed to asbestos, our lawyers can investigate the cause for you.
11. Will my lawsuit be filed in my state?
Your asbestos lawsuit may not be filed in your home state because we want to file your case in the state that will provide the best chance of success. For example, if you were exposed to asbestos by a company with its headquarters in another state, we may file your lawsuit in the state of the company’s headquarters. Filing mesothelioma lawsuits in another state will not cost you any extra money, and it can only provide a better chance for success.
12. Will I have to travel?
Our attorneys and investigators are happy to travel to see you. Though we cannot guarantee that you will not have to travel, in most instances it is unlikely that you will need to leave the area in which you live.
13. Will I have to testify at trial?
We prepare all asbestos lawsuits as if we are going to trial. However, some of our mesothelioma cases settle out of court without going through a trial. In the event that a trial does occur, our mesothelioma attorneys are trained to make this process as easy on you and your family as possible.
14. Will my case be part of a mesothelioma class action?
No. Class action lawsuits are reserved for scenarios in which a group of individuals are injured in substantially the same manner. Since asbestos-related diseases manifest themselves differently in each affected individual, it is our belief that such claims are not proper for class actions. We handle all mesothelioma lawsuits on an individual basis so that you receive the settlement that you deserve.
* Please note that recovery results vary per client. The recovery amounts in asbestos lawsuits reflect the specific facts of that case. Further, recovery amounts in past asbestos litigation cases are not a guarantee of future results.
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