What to Ask Your Mesothelioma Lawyer in a Consultation

John A. Barnerd

If you have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you might be feeling anxious, scared and overwhelmed with possibilities regarding your health and the cost of medical treatments.

Fortunately, an asbestos attorney can help you take legal action and pursue mesothelioma compensation from the manufacturers of the asbestos products you were exposed to.

This compensation can be used for medical bills and other expenses, and it allows you to hold these companies accountable for the harm they’ve caused.

Your legal team will be responsible for performing extensive research to determine what asbestos-containing products you were exposed to and identifying all of the avenues of compensation that may be available to you.

Asking questions during an initial consultation can help you choose the right mesothelioma lawyer for you and your family, as you want to partner with a firm that you trust with your personal information and that can maximize your potential compensation.

10 Questions to Ask a Mesothelioma Attorney

It’s natural to have a list of questions when looking to file a mesothelioma lawsuit. A good mesothelioma lawyer will take the time to answer all of your questions — regardless of how many you have.

To ensure you’re hiring the best mesothelioma lawyer for your case, 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.

When you work with Simmons Hanly Conroy, you get the personal support of a local legal team with the resources and reach of a leading national mesothelioma law firm.

Regardless of where you are in the U.S., our attorneys will travel to you, whenever it’s convenient for your schedule.

2. How Long Have You Been Handling Mesothelioma Cases?

For more than 20 years, Simmons Hanly Conroy has worked with thousands of mesothelioma patients and their loved ones, helping them to get justice and compensation.

Chairman John Simmons founded the firm in 1999 with the mission of helping individuals and families reeling from the devastation caused by asbestos-related diseases.

3. Do You Have a Track Record of Results in Asbestos Cases?

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.

Our firm has fought on behalf of asbestos exposure victims, securing over $9.7 billion for mesothelioma clients across the country.

4. Has Your Firm Gone to Verdict in the Last 10 Years? If So, How Many Times and What Were Your Results?

While pre-trial settlements are far more common than verdicts, it’s important to know that if your case needs to go to trial, your firm is ready to represent you in court.

Lawyers and firms that have been trying asbestos-related cases for decades are well-equipped to give your case the highest probability of success.

In addition to many settlements, Simmons Hanly Conroy has secured many notable asbestos verdicts on behalf of our clients, including the largest mesothelioma verdict against a single defendant in the history of asbestos litigation — $250 million.

Recently, our mesothelioma trial teams have taken 12 asbestos cases to trial and were awarded more than $234 million in verdicts for our clients.

5. Do You Focus Exclusively on Asbestos Litigation?

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.

Our mesothelioma attorneys focus primarily on asbestos and mesothelioma litigation. Their focused practices have given them a keen understanding of the complex issues surrounding asbestos exposure.

Our level of experience is a critical component in our ability to get you the compensation you deserve.

6. Who All Will Be Involved in My Asbestos Case?

Every mesothelioma client will have a dedicated legal team working on their case that includes:

  • Attorneys with experience specific to your case
  • A senior lead attorney
  • Investigators
  • Medical experts
  • Paralegals
  • Registered nurse
  • Support staff

Each member on the team has a specialized role that contributes to the strength of the overall case.

7. What Resources Do You Have to Help Determine My Asbestos Exposure History?

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, our mesothelioma lawyers have access to massive databases of evidence, asbestos products and locations.

It’s very possible we’ve represented clients from the same workplace as yours or a very similar one. We know the asbestos companies, we know the products they made and we know who they sold them to. Let us put our experience to work for you.

8. Do You Donate to Any Mesothelioma Research Organizations?

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we’ve donated over $20 million to cancer research, including mesothelioma research and support organizations — more than any other plaintiff law firm 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.

Since 2014, Simmons Hanly Conroy has been ranked one of the “Best Law Firms” in the country by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Firm mesothelioma lawyers have also been represented on the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists since 2006.

The results we’ve achieved for our clients have also won awards like the National Law Journal’s annual Top 100 Verdicts List.

10. How Much Will It Cost to Hire You?

There are no upfront fees or out-of-pocket costs to work with our mesothelioma cancer lawyers. Instead, we work on what’s called a “contingency fee” basis, which means we only get paid if you do.

Our lawyers for mesothelioma cases will take a percentage of whatever they can recover on your behalf, whether from settlements, verdicts or asbestos trust funds. This means there’s no financial risk for our clients to take legal action.

Why Should You Choose Our Mesothelioma Attorneys?

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our knowledgeable and compassionate mesothelioma lawyers have helped over 6,000 families with mesothelioma cases nationwide.

If you choose our mesothelioma law firm, we’ll handle every step of the legal process for you, so you can focus on your health and your loved ones.

Call (800) 326-8900 or fill out our contact form today for a free consultation. Our team is standing by to answer any questions you may have.

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