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In order to get compensation for mesothelioma, filing a lawsuit is quite imperative. However the process is quite long drawn and tedious. The most important step pertaining to the same is selecting the correct mesothelioma attorney or law firm. It is important to find a good, decent and experienced mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible after one has been diagnosed with the disease. In most places there is a set time limit within which one can file a lawsuit, and it is very important that the victim party does not miss that deadline. Otherwise it may land you up as an ineligible claimant. So, the earlier you get to a mesothelioma lawyer, the better are your chances of success.
Apart from that the firm should be trustworthy one and the victim party should build up an excellent relationship cum rapport with the same. If one is considering about filing a mesothelioma lawsuit, then the victim party should meet up with several law firms before making the final decision. There are a large number of law firms who are specialized in filing mesothelioma lawsuits.
In order to choose the correct law firm for filing your lawsuit, the following steps can be followed:
• Start the Search: You can look for a qualified mesothelioma attorney in various bar associations, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory that is found in most public libraries, Yellow Pages, and of course the Internet. Law firms normally have their own sites.
• Narrow down the Field: After compiling a list of some mesothelioma law firms in your area, try to make establish contact with them either by mail, email or telephone for further information. It is important to provide the law firms with details of your legal issue and find out if they can handle your situation. Also enquire about their fees for an initial consultation and an estimate of the total costs involved in handling a mesothelioma lawsuit. It is recommended that the victim party make schedule appointments with two or three different law firms before coming to the final decision.
• Meet the Prospective Attorneys: During the initial consultation, it is important that you and your lawyer get to know each other. There has to be a free flow of exchange words between both of you. After carefully reviewing your case, the lawyer must be in a position to inform you of your rights and suggest alternative courses of action, if any. Moreover, it is during this initial consultation period that a mesothelioma attorney can explain what he or she can do for you and how much will be the cost factor. Also it is important for you to know about the attorney’s experience in handling previous mesothelioma lawsuits. If you are totally satisfied with the details, you may request a written fee agreement before proceeding and a list of references that you may contact.
Making your Decision: After each initial consultation, it is important to consider the following questions about the mesothelioma attorney you just met:
• Did I got a firm understanding of my alternative courses of action from the attorney?
• Was the attorney knowledgeable about asbestos law?
• Was I given enough time and did the person listened to me carefully?
• Did the attorney seem trustworthy?
• Am I understanding the range of possible results, which might spill out during each course of action?
Fees: It is important to consider this aspect with due diligence. To lower costs, you can ask your asbestos lawyer to employ a junior lawyer to perform a certain part of the entire process. You can also do some tasks by yourself to save time and money (Provided your attorney allows you to do the same). An asbestos lawyer may charge a flat fee for a specific task or offer other methods of payment.
Also you can go for contingent fee arrangement process. A contingent fee arrangement is that your lawyer gets a percentage of the compensation money you receive as resolution of your asbestos lawsuit. If you do not receive compensation for the lawsuit then your lawyer collects no fees. A contingency fee is a good option for those people who cannot do away with hourly legal fees.
Also you may incur charges on other fronts like; court fees, copying, hiring expert witnesses etc.
Mesothelioma lawsuit records:
Keep copies of all the documents that you hand over to your lawyer relating to your lawsuit.