If you or a loved one has been diagnosed or deceased as a result of Asbestosis, Mesothelioma or another asbestos related illness you urgently need to find an asbestos lawyer as you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Asbestos related illnesses take many years to develop and so by the time a diagnosis is made you may be beyond the time frame allowed by your states Statute Of Limitations. Even so, it is of the utmost importance that you find and speak to an asbestos lawyer as quickly as possible after a diagnosis has been made by your doctor to begin legal proceedings. The thought of contesting a lengthy court battle may seem daunting but many asbestos lawyers are able to negotiate a settlement out of court ensuring that your loved ones are not faced with debilitating expenses and losses due to your illness.
The process of finding a good asbestos lawyer can at times feel like a difficult task. Cases involving asbestos related illness and death have been known to receive large financial payout which is why it is essential that the asbestos lawyer you choose is experienced and qualified to handle asbestos cases.
You can begin your search by speaking to relatives and friends about their knowledge and experience with an asbestos lawyer. They may also know somebody in a similar situation to yours who may be able to refer you to a good asbestos lawyer or offer advice. Another method of finding an asbestos lawyer is to search on the internet. There are asbestos illness related forums where people discuss and share information regarding their illness and legal situations. Many asbestos lawyers advertise through the World Wide Web. A good place to search is in an asbestos lawyer’s directory. You can find a lawyer who specializes in asbestos related cases by country, state, region and city.
Once you have selected a lawyer contact them and ask for a free consultation. This consultation will allow you to discuss your case, the fees and generally ‘size him or her up’. Be sure to discuss the fee structure thoroughly so there are no nasty surprises when the invoice arrives.
When choosing an asbestos lawyer there are some very important questions you need to ask. You need to find out how much experience he or she may have handling asbestos related cases and what has been the success rate in regards to claims. Your asbestos lawyer might have other people who have used their services whom are willing to provide a reference on their behalf. An ‘aged’ firm who has a long standing in the local community can have its benefits over a younger ‘top gun’ kind of firm in that it has established trust, loyalty and respect amongst the people it represents and it is not likely to leave town overnight.
Establishing the credibility of the asbestos lawyer is paramount. Are there any complaints or lawsuits pending or currently being faced by the asbestos lawyer? Are the lawyers credentials openly displayed for clients to see and if not, request to see them? If you choose a local lawyer ask members amongst the community about the lawyer’s reputation and if he or she is well regarded amongst his or her peers.
When speaking to a lawyer be sure to establish that he or she is the person who will be handling your case. It is not unusual to feel somewhat intimidated when speaking to your lawyer; after all, they seem to speak a different language to the rest of us. Speak in your normal vocabulary; do not try to speak in legal terms. If you don’t understand something your lawyer says, always ask for clarification.
Once you have decided on a suitable lawyer to handle your case be sure to listen to his or her advice carefully. Do not openly discuss your case with anyone except your asbestos lawyer; this will be one of the wisest choices you can make. You do not want to negatively affect the outcome of your case by what seems to be a harmless discussion.