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If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another illness related to asbestos exposure, it can be difficult to know where to start. You’re faced with a number of decisions to make, including which doctor should treat you, how your family and loved ones will be financially taken care of, and whether or not you should hire a lawyer.

Choosing the best lawyer for you and your case should be a top priority, but as litigation can take some time, it’s important to choose a lawyer you like and that you can trust.

Most importantly, you and your family should select an experienced lawyer – one with a proven track record of winning mesothelioma cases. Doing this will secure your family the best chance for compensation to cover your medical costs, compensate for lost wages and ensure your family’s financial security down the road.

When you work with a lawyer, they will perform extensive research and conduct thorough interviews on your behalf to determine a strategy that will best help you win your case. This is why choosing an experienced lawyer will give you the best shot at compensation; they have the connections and access to resources to help you win.

Selecting your mesothelioma lawyer is a personal choice. By asking the following ten questions, you’ll get a better understanding of how they can work with you to get you the results you deserve.

 

#1 Why Should I Hire You as Opposed to a Firm Closer to My Home?

Local and national mesothelioma firms have pros and cons, so the right answer to this question will depend on your specific case. For example, if you no longer live in the state where you were exposed to asbestos, a national firm may be a better fit for you, as they have lawyers experienced in the nuanced asbestos laws across multiple states.

The biggest key to this question is to find a firm that has the resources to win your case and gives you the individualized attention you deserve.

 

#2 How Long Have You Represented Asbestos-Related Clients?

Firms with decades of experience trying and winning asbestos-related cases are well-equipped to give you the best possible chances of success. You should look for a firm with a lengthy track record of mesothelioma-related victories for their clients – not only through litigation but through asbestos trust funds and VA benefits as well.

 

#3 Has Your Firm Gone to Verdict in the Past Decade? If So, What’s Your Track Record?

Most mesothelioma cases are resolved as settlements, and very few make it to trial. However, you will want to know that your firm is up to the job if your case does need to go to trial. Knowing your law firm’s track record in asbestos-related cases will give you peace of mind and confidence when hiring them as your representation.

 

#4 Do You Focus Exclusively on Asbestos Litigation?

You’ll want to hire a firm that can give your case the attention it deserves. Hiring a lawyer who only works with asbestos-related claims will provide you with the best results in the shortest amount of time.

 

#5 Including My Dedicated Attorney, How Many Support Staff Members Will Be Involved in My Case?

Each mesothelioma client should have a dedicated legal team working on their case. The team includes your attorney, paralegals, investigators, medical experts, and other administrative support staff members. The more robust the team, the more time each member will have to work on their individual role to strengthen your case. Additionally, this team will help ensure deadlines are met, and paperwork is filed correctly.

 

#6 What Other Support Services Does Your Firm Provide?

On top of asbestos-related litigation, you may want to hire a firm that can provide additional resources if needed. For example, if you’re a military veteran, you’ll want to work with a firm that is experienced in filing for VA compensation and benefits. Firms can also help connect you to world-class medical care to treat your mesothelioma.

 

#7 What Resources Do You Have Available to Gather Information About My Asbestos Exposure?

Any asbestos claim requires diligent and thorough research. This helps your legal team determine how, when, and where you were exposed to the toxic chemical. On top of your medical records, well-connected firms also have access to asbestos databases that include products and evidence of exposure throughout the country.

 

#8 Are You Affiliated With Any Doctors or Treatment Centers?

A large number of the best mesothelioma law firms are closely connected with some of the top treatment specialists and centers throughout the country. They can assist you in securing medical treatment for yourself or your loved one.

 

#9 Have You Been Nationally Recognized for Your Work?

A number of successful mesothelioma lawyers have been nationally recognized for their efforts. Organizations like Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers award lawyers who have secured landmark verdicts and settlements or have made a meaningful impact with their work.

 

#10 How Much Will It Cost to Secure Your Services?

Experienced lawyers should not be charging for services upfront. Instead, they should work on a contingency basis, meaning they are only paid if your case wins compensation from a trust fund, settlement, or verdict.

 

Shrader Law: Getting You the Mesothelioma Help You Deserve

If you’ve developed mesothelioma as a result of working with asbestos, you may be owed compensation for the expenses related to your illness as well as the pain and suffering you’ve endured. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our office with your questions right away.

 

Contact our experienced team here at Shrader & Associates L.L.P. to learn more about how we can help with your case. Give us a call at (877) 958-7920 or fill out the online contact form to get in touch with a skilled attorney today.