What vital questions should you ask before hiring an asbestos lawyer?

by | Apr 12, 2019 | Energy Feature

If you’ve been working in a company where your job demands you to stay in close contact with asbestos, there are high chances that you will develop the disease called mesothelioma even after decades of leaving your job? In such cases, the victim is entitled to sue the company and receive the compensation for having been suffering from this disease. Now before you think of hiring an asbestos lawyer, you need to ensure that you hire the best one. As there are too many mesothelioma lawyers working here and there, how are you supposed to choose the cream of the crop?

Well, there are always a few questions that you can ask the lawyer before committing with him as the answers will decide how good they are at proving their niche services. What are the questions to ask? Here are few such questions you may ask before hiring him.

Question #1: Did you handle mesothelioma cases before?

Mesothelioma is caused due to exposure to asbestos and when you’re diagnosed with this condition, the lawyer may consider your case without any initial medical exam. In case there are no such symptoms of asbestos disease and you haven’t been diagnosed with one, the lawyer might consider the case on a conditional basis. Tell him clearly that you want this case to be reviewed all over again. Also ask him whether he has handled any such cases before.

Question #2: What about the fees and costs charged by you?

Asbestos cases are usually done on a contingency fee basis which means that the attorney charges a certain percentage of the recovery amount provided he can make his party win the deal. The attorney will usually advance the costs like court filing fees or copying costs and then subtract them from the recovery amount. 34% is the standard contingency fee; however the percentage might be a bit higher too.

Question #3: How much time will you take to solve the case?

One more important question to ask is how the asbestos case will take. In case you’re extremely sick, ask the lawyer whether or not the court where you’ve filed your lawsuit has a method of giving highest priority to your case on the basis of preference and urgency. Irrespective of whether you have urgency or not, you should still ask few questions on timing before hiring:

  • How long it might take before the case is filed?
  • How long will the case remain active before the court offers a trial data?
  • When will you be likely to receive a deposition?
  • What are the other various events which can have an impact on the length of the case?

In order to make a lawsuit work perfectly in your favor, the attorney and the client need to have trust in each other. In case you have doubts regarding something that the attorney has told you, ask again. Don’t hesitate to clear your doubts. You need to participate in the entire case to make it an active lawsuit.





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