10 Questions to Ask Your Mesothelioma Lawyer

If you were recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of difficult decisions your diagnosis now requires you to make. You may be confronting questions such as: Which mesothelioma doctor and treatment plan are right for me? How will I protect my family’s future and financial well-being? Should I hire a lawyer?

Choosing the right mesothelioma lawyer is an important step for you and your family — that’s why it’s vital you choose to work with someone you feel comfortable with and can trust.

By working with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer, you are giving yourself the best chance at securing compensation to help cover medical expenses, pay for lost wages and protect your family’s financial future.

When you agree to work with a lawyer, you can expect them to perform extensive research and conduct thorough interviews on your behalf. Their goal is to determine the best way to secure the most amount of compensation for you and your family. This is why it’s especially important to choose an experienced mesothelioma lawyer that has access to a number of different resources.

Questions You Should Ask Your Mesothelioma Lawyer

Hiring a lawyer is a personal choice. To ensure you’re hiring the best lawyer for your personal situation, consider asking them the following questions during your first meeting.

1. Why Should I Hire You Instead of a Firm Closer to My Home?

Whether local or national, mesothelioma law firms have different areas of expertise, different levels of experience and differences in resources that can either help or hurt your case. The key is to find a law firm that both gives you the attention you deserve and has the experience and resources necessary to create a strong case on your behalf.

2. How Long Have You Been Representing Asbestos-Related Clients? Do You Have a Documented Track Record of Success in Asbestos Cases?

Lawyers and firms that have been trying asbestos-related cases for decades are well-equipped to give your case the highest probability of success. Mesothelioma lawyers should have a long track record of success in securing compensation for their clients in mesothelioma settlements and verdicts, as well as through asbestos trust funds and VA benefits.

3. Has Your Firm Gone to Verdict in the Last 10 Years? If So, How Many Times and What Is Your Average Verdict?

While pre-trial settlements are much more common than trials that result in jury verdicts, it’s important to know that if your case needs to go to trial your firm is ready to represent you in court. Knowing a firm’s average verdict amount in asbestos-related cases can give you peace of mind and confidence in hiring them to represent you.

4. Do You Focus Exclusively on Asbestos Litigation?

There are tens of thousands of lawyers across the country — but only some specialize in asbestos-related cases. Choosing a lawyer who focuses exclusively on asbestos litigation is your best chance at getting the most amount of mesothelioma compensation in the shortest amount of time.

5. In Addition to My Attorney, How Many Support Staff Will Be Involved in My Asbestos Case?

Every mesothelioma client will have a dedicated legal team working on their case. These teams include attorneys, investigators, medical experts, paralegals and support staff. Each member on the team has a specialized role that contributes to the strength of the overall case. In addition, the team ensures that any necessary documents are signed and deadlines are met.

6. What Other Support Services Can the Firm Provide?

When deciding on a lawyer or firm to represent you, it may be helpful to know what other services they can provide. For example, mesothelioma firms may be able to assist U.S. military veterans with accessing VA benefits. Firms can also provide support by connecting clients with renowned doctors and specialists who treat mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

7. What Resources Do You Have to Help Gather Information About My Asbestos Exposure?

All asbestos-related cases require a thorough investigation into a person’s background to better understand exactly how, where and when they were exposed to asbestos. In addition to gathering information from medical records and work history, reputable lawyers have access to massive databases of evidence, asbestos products and locations.

8. Are You Affiliated With Any Mesothelioma Doctors or Treatment Centers?

Many of the best mesothelioma lawyers and law firms maintain relationships with some of the top mesothelioma specialists and treatment centers in the country.

9. Have You Been Recognized by Any National Organizations for Your Work?

Many successful mesothelioma lawyers have been recognized for their contributions to the mesothelioma community and for the results they have achieved on behalf of their clients. Organizations like Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers often award mesothelioma lawyers who have secured landmark verdicts and settlements or have made a meaningful impact.

10. How Much Will It Cost to Hire You?

Experienced mesothelioma lawyers will not charge you any upfront or out-of-pocket costs. Instead, they work on what’s called a “contingency fee” basis, which means they will only accept payment if your case succeeds in securing compensation from a verdict, settlement or an asbestos trust fund.

Our Mesothelioma Lawyers Travel to You

When you are considering the possibility of pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit, it’s only natural to have a lot of questions. Experienced mesothelioma lawyers understand well the situation recently diagnosed patients and their families find themselves in. They will listen carefully to each of your questions — no matter how many you have — and truly attempt to understand how asbestos exposure has affected your life.

Similarly, the more questions you ask, the more likely you are to better understand your own situation, your legal options and the type of lawyer you want to help you through the process.

Meeting with a member of our mesothelioma legal team is the best way for you to decide if we will be the best fit for you. We regularly speak to people on the phone to address their initial questions and needs, but nothing is as helpful as having a face-to-face conversation about this complex topic.

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we feel so strongly about this, that we always travel to meet people where they live. This is an example of the kind of dedication you can expect when you choose Simmons Hanly Conroy to handle your mesothelioma lawsuit.

To learn more, or to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us today.

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