The association between mesothelioma and asbestos exposure is well known and widely accepted. It is reasonable to wonder if you need legal representation for a mesothelioma claim, when so many thousands of suits have been settled in the victims’ favor. Representing yourself in an asbestos claim is not a wise choice, however. Don’t cheat yourself out of excellent legal assistance.
Mesothelioma Lawsuits: the Contingency System
Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related claims are handled on a contingency basis. This means that you do not have to pay out of pocket for legal representation, and if you do not recover anything you do not owe any money to your attorney. Your attorney will file your case for you, and pay all court fees and expenses associated with it.
If you are successful in obtaining a settlement or a verdict, your attorney will deduct these expenses and a percentage of the settlement. This system allows everyone to have access to high quality legal representation, not just those who are able to afford to hire an attorney up front.
On the other side, asbestos defendants are typically large companies with teams of highly paid attorneys. A cancer patient representing him (or her) self in court is likely to quickly become buried in the litigation process. Mesothelioma is a devastating disease.
As your illness progresses, you may find that you do not have the time or ability to keep up with the demands of a lawsuit. Your claim can easily fall through the cracks, leaving your family to pay expensive medical bills. An asbestos litigation law firm will take on these responsibilities for you, so that you are able to concentrate on your health and time with your loved ones.
Mesothelioma Lawsuits: Identifying the Source of Exposure
Tracking down the correct defendant in a mesothelioma case can be challenging. In many cases, companies have gone out of business years ago, and money is tied up in trusts set aside for asbestos victims. In other cases, it may be difficult to identify and prove the original source of the asbestos exposure. An experienced asbestos litigation firm will have the knowledge to track down the correct parties and hold them accountable. Without this specialized knowledge, your case may never go anywhere.
With decades of experience helping hard working Americans suffering from mesothelioma, Bergman Draper Oslund understands that you want to keep things simple in this time of stress. We have an extensive list of asbestos exposure sites throughout the country, and can quickly identify any possible defendants. If we take your case, we don’t get paid until you get paid.