Questions to Ask When Selecting a Lawyer
Background: Mesothelioma Could Have Been Avoided
Asbestos is a mineral that was crushed and milled into a fine particulate for use as building and insulation materials. Once the extremely fine fibers are released into the air they are easily inhaled. Exposure to the fibers over a period of years has been linked to mesothelioma. In fact, the only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure.
For the workers who contract mesothelioma and their families, the course of this asbestos-caused disease can be devastating. Not only is the disease painful and debilitating, but there is presently no known cure for it.
Many of the corporations that manufactured and profited from the sale of asbestos-containing products had been aware of the hazards of asbestos since the 1920s. But asbestos was cheap and available, and it served as a good filler and binder. For those reasons, companies chose to continue putting workers at risk without advising them of the dangers of asbestos exposure. The reality is that all cases of the deadly disease could have been prevented.
Questions to Ask Your Lawyer
If you worked in an industry where you were at high risk for asbestos-related illnesses, and you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is your right to file claims and seek compensation from those responsible for your situation. Use the following questions as a guideline when selecting an attorney to assist with your case.
- Does your law firm have experience successfully trying asbestos-related cases and lawsuits?
- What legal options are available to victims of an asbestos-related disease?
- Once a firm accepts your case, how long will it take until a settlement is reached and you receive your compensation?
- Does the firm have a lawyer available now to begin working on your case? Will there be others in the office helping with your case?
- What are the chances of success for your case?
- Will your case be part of a class action lawsuit?
- Will you have to go to trial to resolve your case?
- If you are too sick to work with the lawyers, will the law firm accept a family member to act on your behalf?
- What kind of fees will the law firm charge to work with you on your claims?
- If you are concerned about confidentiality, how will the law firm communicate your private information within the firm and to the companies that are potentially liable?
If you are one of the victims of mesothelioma, you should seek out a competent lawyer so you can file a claim or a lawsuit against those responsible for your cancer. Contact us for more information.