If you are an attorney who has a client with mesothelioma (or who has lost a loved one to this disease) and are not sure if you have the experience or bandwidth to handle a complex asbestos case, consider associating with Bergman Draper Ladenburg Hart.
Every attorney has their area of expertise and ours happens to be asbestos cases – it’s all we do and we do it well. Our decades of successful asbestos litigation have allowed us to compile vast information on exposure sites and the companies responsible. Launching an asbestos case without extensive research already on hand can be time-consuming and frustrating. But referring your client to Bergman Draper Ladenburg Hart can be a win-win, for you and your client.
How We Work With Referring Attorneys
We know you want the best result for your mesothelioma client, but you can’t devote all of your time to this one case – no doubt you have many other clients relying on you. Instead, tap into our excellent resources and stellar track record of settlements ($490 million and counting) for your asbestos case.
We will take on the lead counsel role for pre-trial, trial and settlement negotiations, but encourage your participation to whatever extent you feel comfortable and appropriate. We handle all funds and fee payments associated with the settlement and subrogation concerns.
What We Bring to the Table
Mesothelioma, asbestosis and other asbestos-induced diseases including lung cancer are fatal and because they are typically diagnosed 30-50 years after exposure, tracing the disease to the cause can be challenging. Our extensive proprietary database we’ve compiled over decades of litigation helps us link your client’s mesothelioma to premises owners, jobsites, products, manufacturers, equipment and more.
We’ve successfully settled thousands of cases, so we know how to determine the likely exposure source and pursue a settlement, even against defendants in bankruptcy. Bergman Draper Ladenburg Hart has also successfully linked second hand asbestos exposure of family members in the home to worker exposure at the jobsite, most recently winning a jury award of $1.1 million for a wife unknowingly exposed by her husband.
Because we do asbestos litigation exclusively, our expertise grows with every case. Our lawyers have decades of experience and understand the science of asbestos exposure, the illnesses it causes and the complex laws surrounding successfully negotiating a claim. Bergman Draper Ladenburg Hart attorneys have the skills to negotiate a settlement and the tenacity to go to trial when necessary. Our track record speaks for itself.
How the Fee Arrangement Works
Asbestos cases, like any injury case, are usually prosecuted on a contingent fee basis. And under the Washington and Oregon Codes of Professional Responsibility, the terms must be spelled out in a written agreement. We will be transparent with you at all times about your client’s case and how the fees will be shared between our firms.
The ethics code requires that attorney fees are apportioned based on the workload of the participating attorneys. Depending on the complexity of your client’s asbestos case and your available time and experience, you may wish to be more or less actively involved in the case. We will operate as the lead counsel, but welcome your valuable input. The fee arrangement between our firms will be spelled out clearly to your firm and your client.
Every case is unique, but if you contact us about your client’s case, we can discuss the referral fees you can likely anticipate. We have a track record of significant wins for asbestos and mesothelioma clients. Partnering with Bergman Draper Ladenburg and Hart greatly increases your odds for a successful outcome and the optimum settlement for your client.
In addition to the nearly $500 million in settlements and verdicts we’ve obtained for our asbestos clients, we’ve paid out in excess of $16.5 million in referral fees to attorneys over the last 10 years.
Call us today to discuss the case you’re interested in referring to our firm. Our expertise, competitive edge and impressive results are available to you and your client. Bergman Draper Ladenburg and Hart handles asbestos cases throughout the United States and in Canada.
Contact us at (206)957-9510 or (888)647-6007. We look forward to handling your referral.