Questions To Ask a Mesothelioma Attorney

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It’s important to ask a mesothelioma lawyer a variety of questions before you trust them with your case. Asking questions can help you learn more about the lawyer so you can make sure they have the skills needed to properly represent you. See which questions you can ask below.

Why Should I Work With a Mesothelioma Attorney?

Mesothelioma lawyers specialize in helping victims of asbestos-related diseases, unlike general attorneys. Ask this question to see what type of resources your lawyers can provide.

The best mesothelioma attorneys have:

  • Years or even decades of experience handling mesothelioma lawsuits
  • Lists of asbestos-containing products and locations/work sites where asbestos was used
  • Statements from previous mesothelioma clients
  • Information on companies that made and sold asbestos-based products

By contrast, a regular lawyer may not have any of these resources available. While fully qualified legal professionals, they may not know how to build the strongest case possible without these resources.

Mesothelioma lawyers also take care of nearly all the work that comes with filing and pursuing a lawsuit with little hassle to you or your family.

How Many Mesothelioma Lawsuits Have You Handled?

This question can give you a better idea of the lawyer’s overall track record. Many asbestos lawyers work for experienced firms that have handled dozens — or even hundreds — of mesothelioma lawsuits with success.

How Much Does It Cost To Work With You?

This is one of the most important questions to ask a mesothelioma attorney. The mesothelioma lawyer you work with shouldn’t charge any upfront fees. The best lawyers work on a contingency basis, meaning they only get paid if they secure compensation for you.

Will I Have To Travel To Work With You?

Most asbestos lawyers can meet with you in your home since they know traveling can be hard if you have mesothelioma. It may be surprising how quickly a lawyer is able to meet you.

“It was like lightning-speed fast, and two days later they [the lawyers] were meeting with me at my house. I was in a mild shock, but it was a good shock.”

— Dennis R., a mesothelioma patient

You can also talk to your lawyer about setting up a virtual meeting due to concerns with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

How Much Compensation Will I Receive?

The average value of a mesothelioma lawsuit is $1 Million, but some cases award more or less than this amount.

In 2018, a Navy veteran was awarded more than $40 Million after he filed a lawsuit with the help of mesothelioma lawyers.

Your mesothelioma lawyer can give you a better idea of how much compensation you can access as the case moves forward.

How Long Does a Mesothelioma Lawsuit Take?

The mesothelioma lawsuit process varies with each case, but you may start getting money in 90 days or less. The mesothelioma attorney you work with can help determine when you will receive compensation based on the specifics of your case.

Can You Help Veterans With Mesothelioma?

Asbestos lawyers can often assist veterans with mesothelioma (and non-veterans) with filing lawsuits to get compensation. If the lawyer is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), they may be able to help you pursue both a lawsuit and VA benefits.

Mesothelioma lawyers do not file lawsuits against the military or your former employers — they usually take action against the manufacturers of asbestos-based products.

My Loved One Died From Mesothelioma. Can I Take Legal Action?

Your lawyer may be able to help you file a wrongful death lawsuit if someone you love passed away from mesothelioma.

A wrongful death lawsuit is filed by a representative of the deceased to pursue compensation. This can be a relative, friend, or anyone else with legal authority over the deceased’s estate.

A mesothelioma lawyer can tell you more about filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Connect With Mesothelioma Attorneys Today

The best mesothelioma attorneys have proven track records of helping victims and won’t treat you like just another client. You can ask a lawyer you’re considering the questions above to see if they have the right skills and demeanor to handle your case.

If you want to work with a mesothelioma lawyer but don’t know where to start, we can help. Connect with a mesothelioma lawyer right now.

Mesothelioma Support Team
Stephanie KiddWritten by:

Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie Kidd grew up in a family of civil servants, blue-collar workers, and medical caregivers. Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude from Stetson University, she began her career specializing in worker safety regulations and communications. Now, a proud member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and Editor-in-Chief of the Mesothelioma Justice Network, Stephanie serves as a voice for mesothelioma victims and their families.

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