It’s time to choose a mesothelioma lawyer, what should you look for to make sure you are getting the best legal firm to try your case? There are 5 things that you can use to compare mesothelioma lawyers – experience, expertise, reputation, track record and availability.
The more time your lawyer has spent working with mesothelioma claims the better. Mesothelioma law often involves an extended research phase in which the cause of your condition is tracked back to its source. Asbestos lawyers that have been in the business a while have already developed a network of contacts within the mesothelioma community as well as a library of information about the companies that are often implicated in the claims. This can significantly speed up the discovery process and allow your case to move forward more quickly.
Mesothelioma law is a very specialized practice. You should only hire a lawyer that specializes in asbestos related mesothelioma cases. These mesothelioma lawyers are up-to-date on the latest cases, settlements and court rulings and use these to your advantage on your claim. General practice lawyers, workman’s compensation lawyers, and even personal injury lawyers are often overmatched in the courtroom by the legal teams that represent the asbestos companies.
Lawyers earn a reputation in the courtroom and this reputation follows them in everything they do. You should look for a lawyer that has a strong case history and has developed a reputation from within the community as a leader. The stronger your lawyer’s reputation is, the more likely the defendant will be to negotiate a settlement instead of taking the matter to court. This can help you get the monetary support you need to continue pursuing treatment.
There may be a few mesothelioma lawyers that have the experience and expertise you want, but results are really what it is all about. Mesothelioma lawyers that have a strong track record of big court wins will be more likely to get you a faster, larger settlement offer. Since court proceedings can drag on for a year or more, if you need money for treatment, it might be a better move to pick a lawyer that has a record of quick settlements instead.
It doesn’t matter how good a mesothelioma lawyer is if he or she doesn’t have time to take your case. A reputable legal team will not string you along with rescheduling your appointments or fail to return your phone calls. If you find that your choice of mesothelioma representative can’t find the time to fit you in, chances are they won’t have time to do a thorough job on your case.
Here at Bergman Draper Oslund Mesothelioma is our specialty. We have won over $700 million for our clients. We try to settle cases out of court if possible, but are experienced taking cases to court if needed. Bergman Draper Oslund has decades of experience helping mesothelioma victims receive the compensation they deserve. Our research library is one of the largest in the business and we have contacts throughout the country.