Updated March 8, 2019
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma because of a product you’ve used or a job you’ve held, you might have considered filing a lawsuit. It’s also possible that hiring an attorney is the last thing you feel like doing when you get sick. It is important to make sure the appropriate parties get brought to justice and that you are compensated for the suffering you experience because of this disease.
An attorney can help you make sure the facts of your case are together and everything about your claim or lawsuit is filed correctly.
Your mesothelioma attorney is going to be a very important person for the next several months or even years. Carefully research your mesothelioma lawyers to make sure they can handle your case. Consider asking these questions of any lawyers you’re considering.
Typically, mesothelioma attorneys will offer free consultations to help you weigh your options. This consultation helps them become familiar with your case enough to advise you on whether it’s worth pursuing. Mesothelioma cases usually settle out of court, meaning that you won’t have to stand trial while sick, even though you’d prepare for it in the same way. The process is usually shorter than a trial, but keep in mind that trials could pay more, depending on your case, and spread awareness of the disease.
All cases are different, and so are all settlements. Talking to a mesothelioma lawyer is important because they will be able to tell you how your case is most likely to succeed based on their years of experience.
Not every personal injury law firm necessarily specializes in asbestos injury or mesothelioma cases. While a personal injury attorney might have a general sense of what goes into a mesothelioma case, a true specialist will have the experience necessary to know how to handle your case, including an understanding of mesothelioma treatments, asbestos itself, the methods used to find facts in your case, and even contacts that could act as expert witnesses.
Experience levels vary, but make sure your potential lawyer’s experience level fits your comfort level. Ask about the number of cases they’ve tried or settled and what settlements were awarded.
You will likely have a lot of questions about your mesothelioma lawsuit, and you shouldn’t be afraid to ask your attorney. Being able to contact your lawyer is important, and your lawyer should be open to communicating with you. They will also need to provide you with updates on your case periodically and be able to keep your spirits up when litigation starts to wear you down.
You might hear about lawyers on TV, have a friend or relative that knows a lawyer, or have done some research on your own, but it is important to ask previous clients about how satisfied they were. References will give you a good idea of how they perform and the kind of impressions they leave. These testimonies will likely be all positive, but you can still get a feel for how they handle cases from the clients that they’ve had before.
If you or a loved one have gotten sick as a result of mesothelioma, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Workplace Injury Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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