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How Do I Choose a Lawyer for Mesothelioma

Choosing a lawyer for mesothelioma is an important decision, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful one. First, you should write down the traits that you want in an attorney. Then, you can take your search online or ask loved ones for their recommendations.

Many law firms, including the team at Herschensohn Law­­, offer free case reviews where you can discuss your case without obligation. Here, you can ask questions, get reassurance, and learn about your case’s potential.

How to Choose a Lawyer for Your Mesothelioma Case

There are dozens of mesothelioma lawyers who all promise the same thing: support when pursuing compensation. But what does that even mean? And what sets one firm apart from the next?

When choosing a lawyer, you may consider:

Asking Yourself Some Questions and Recording Your Responses

Now, you may have a rough outline of what constitutes an ideal attorney. By writing down some characteristics, goals, and expectations, you can narrow down your search. Ask yourself:

  • How important is getting in touch with my attorney?
  • Do I want a lawyer with years of experience or who is just starting out?
  • How important are previous case results to me?
  • Do I want a corporate law firm or one that’s more selective about its clients?

The answers to these questions could guide your search.

Others’ Experience

By consulting with friends and family members for recommendations, you could get one step closer to finding the attorney who’s right for you. You may ask for recommendations based on:

  • Results. After being diagnosed with mesothelioma, you want the best possible outcome for your case. Chances are, you don’t want to partner with an attorney who has never secured compensation. Ask your loved ones about the results their lawyers got for them, along with whether they recovered damages through a settlement or court award.
  • Their overall experience. Did your loved one have a good relationship with their attorney, or did they find themselves waiting days for a single response? How did they feel about their lawyer’s abilities overall?

The Tasks You Want the Lawyer to Handle

Mesothelioma claims and lawsuits can quickly get complex. You want to hire a firm with the dedication and skill to manage everything your case requires, so you can focus on spending time with your family.

When vetting potential lawyers, you may prioritize those who:

  • Manage the claims process in its entirety
  • Investigate your case
  • Calculate your losses
  • Handle case-related communications
  • Respond to your queries within a reasonable period
  • Offers support

Conducting a Google Search

If you’re reading this, chances are, you typed in “mesothelioma lawyer” into Google and found yourself here. You’re well on your way to connecting with a lawyer who can manage your case. Yet, scrolling through Google is just one part of doing online research.

During your online travels, you should look for:

  • Positive reviews spread over a five-year period
  • Reviewers mentioning cases like yours
  • Whether the lawyer has won any awards
  • The case results posted on the lawyer’s website or through other outlets
  • How the law firm responds to less-than-positive feedback (if there’s any)

Some lawyers have YouTube channels and social media pages where they talk about certain topics. Visiting these platforms could give you further insight into a lawyer’s character and skills.

You Can Participate in a Free Case Review With a Mesothelioma Firm

You could read every word on a lawyer’s website and still feel uncertain about contacting them. You could find yourself caught up in complicated legalese. Even just reading about litigation could make your heart race.

By participating in a free case review, you can speak directly to a lawyer’s representative and ask questions about your situation, not just about mesothelioma cases in general. You may ask questions about:

Whether the Law Firm Works on Contingency

Many mesothelioma lawyers work on contingency, meaning that instead of requesting their attorney’s fees upfront, they take a percentage of your settlement as payment. Still, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all contingency agreement among every firm, so you should ask questions about this arrangement. Your inquiries could include how much of your settlement the lawyer may take, along with other related queries.

How Soon the Firm Can Start Working on Your Case

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, you likely want someone advocating for you as soon as possible. During your free consultation, you can ask how soon you can expect the lawyer to break ground on your case. If they can start working on your case immediately, you could partner with the firm in this same phone call. 

Your Next Steps

Without reviewing your situation in detail, the law firm can’t give specific advice on how to proceed. Yet, there are some general things that mesothelioma claimants can do to bolster their cases. The firm may advise that you: 

  • Keep all documentation related to your case. These items may include imaging scan results, testimony from your healthcare team, and medical bills.
  • Think twice about accepting an offer. The liable party may learn of your claim and offer immediate compensation. Yet, a rushed offer may not fully account for your losses. When you have a lawyer, they can explain what constitutes a fair settlement.
  • Refuse to give a recorded statement. Giving a recorded statement allows the insurer to take your words out of context, possibly jeopardizing your case. Your lawyer can supply the involved parties with the information they need.

Choose Herschensohn Law­­ for Your Mesothelioma Case

With Herschensohn Law­­, your search for an injury lawyer can come to an end. That’s because we advocate for people in positions like yours, whether they personally developed mesothelioma or lost a loved one. Our team offers comprehensive support without charging a dime out of pocket. We also offer free case reviews where we can learn your story and explain your next steps.

To connect with our team, dial (206) 588-4344.

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