Mesothelioma has been a known ill effect of asbestos since as early as the 1920s. Due to the ever growing number of wrongful death and personal injury claims related to asbestos, a great deal of information on mesothelioma law firms can be found easily. To choose the best mesothelioma law firm, you will need to compare the credentials, style, location and cost of multiple firms.
A good mesothelioma law firm will have a good reputation and credentials. As you research firms, it is important to ask questions of potential attorneys. These questions should include the number of cases won or settled in the client's favor, the number of appeals won, how long the firm has been handling asbestos-related cases and how many asbestos related cases the firm has handled in that amount of time. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, the key is how comfortable you feel with the answers and whether you feel the firm is competent enough to handle your case.
Along with being comfortable with the answers to the questions, you should feel comfortable with the mesothelioma law firm and the way they communicate with you. Determine the main method of communication at the law firm. Is it done primarily by mail, phone, fax or e-mail. To eliminate any preventable misunderstandings, make sure that the firm's communication style is one you are comfortable with.
The location of the mesothelioma law firm can be an important factor as well. Many law firms charge per hour. This includes any travel time. If you hire a lawyer located far from where you are or where the trial court is located, you could be incurring unnecessary charges in travel time or spending time and money traveling to your lawyer's office. Choose a law firm in a location that will minimize these issues.
While some law firms charge by the hour, others take a percentage of the settlement with the potential of additional lawyer fees. It is important to discuss the billing practices of the mesothelioma law firm you choose prior to entering into a professional relationship. By determining exactly when and how you will be billed, you will be prepared when you receive the bill, when the trial has ended or the settlement has been made.