Hiring a lawyer can be an intimidating process, especially if you’ve never hired one before. But mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cases are complex and require experienced top notch lawyers. Often a great deal of publicity can help a case, so by using the information in this brief article, it may help with the fight ahead. The most important piece of advice is to trust your instincts; do you feel comfortable talking with the prospective lawyer and does he or she listen and ask questions and if you feel that you are not being taken seriously, go elsewhere.
When you think you have found a lawyer that matches your criteria, check his references and profile on the company website. You will want to make sure that dealing with this company is easy and they’ll make time for you and allow you to speak to your lawyer directly.
There is nothing wrong with expecting a certain level of service no matter who you are dealing with and this instance you do not want your case added to a growing number concerning the same issue. Find a lawyer with experience in mesothelioma litigation because if your lawyer does not have direct experience you may need to look nationally for a firm with a solid track record in this area. Trial experience is an absolute necessity for a subject as important of this and because many cases never actually get to court, a large number of lawyers never gain any actual courtroom experience, while a lawyer with experience puts you in a much better position.
Your lawyer should also have training in negotiation but you will need proof of how good their settlement value track record is. Even though most lawyers spend a much greater percentage of their time negotiating than trying cases, very few lawyers have training or expertise in this area. When there are large law suits taking place and many individuals are involved it is quite common for law firms to pool resources and work together as it makes the case and their position stronger.
Make sure the firm works on a contingency fee basis because with this type of arrangement the law firm incurs all the financial risk. This is as close as you will get to a win-win situation as your mesothelioma lawyer will only paid a percentage of the claim if the case is successful.
It is important that your lawyer is approved by the American Association of Retired Persons or AARP and if he isn’t you will need to find someone who is. There are two main reasons for this, firstly that AARP screen the lawyers they approve and also offer their members a twenty percent discount.
Although selecting a qualified mesothelioma lawyer is not easy, don’t get discouraged and although it may take a little effort, it will be worth it. Don’t think that all lawyers are the same as many really do care about the case and people they are looking after.
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