8 Questions to Ask a Mesothelioma Lawyer Before Hiring Them
Nicole Winch | November 26, 2019
After receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis, you may be overwhelmed with the magnitude and multitude of decisions facing you and your family. As you discuss your prognosis and treatment plans with your doctor or mesothelioma specialist, you’ll most likely come up with a long list of questions for them. If you have decided to take legal action, it’s going to be equally as important to come up with questions for your potential attorney.
Here are eight of the most important questions to ask a mesothelioma lawyer before choosing one to handle your case. If you have any additional questions, the attorneys at BCBH Law are willing to provide answers.
How Much Do I Have to Pay to Hire You?
If you’ve been asked to pay upfront, then you’re probably at the wrong mesothelioma firm. When you hire a lawyer that works on a contingency basis, you won’t have to pay anything until they win a settlement or verdict for you. If you’re awarded any compensation, your lawyer will then receive a percentage of that amount. In the event that you do not receive compensation, you will not be billed for any of the time or help you’ve received from your lawyer.
We know the financial burden mesothelioma places on families, which is why our lawyers at BCBH Law don’t require any payment upfront.
Will You Travel for Meetings or Will I Have to Travel to Meet You?
The best lawyers want you to feel comfortable throughout the entire mesothelioma case process, from beginning to end. You can almost always count on a reputable, national mesothelioma attorney to travel to you for a meeting regardless of where you live. They want to make sure things go as smooth as possible for you and understand that traveling may be tough, especially if you’re undergoing mesothelioma treatment.
We at BCBH Law will never expect our clients to travel for legal meetings. We prioritize meeting our clients in the comfort of their home.
Do You Know How Much My Case is Worth?
It’s difficult to know exactly how much your case value will be at the beginning of the mesothelioma case process because there are several factors to consider. Not everyone is exposed to the same amount of asbestos or to the same asbestos-inclusive products, and as a result each victim will have different damages. When assessing your case, your mesothelioma lawyer will also look at any economic losses (such as loss of job wages), the cost of medical treatment and emotional suffering for you and your family due to asbestos exposure.
Are You From a National or Local Firm?
Finding a lawyer at a national mesothelioma law firm is always the best option. National lawyers are usually bar-certified in multiple states, which means they will be able to file your case in an area that will get you the most compensation possible. A majority of the top mesothelioma law firms might not have an office close to your home.
The lawyers at BCBH Law will have no problem traveling to you, so don’t sacrifice hiring an experienced firm just because of your location.
When Should I File a Mesothelioma Claim?
The best time to file a mesothelioma claim is right after you’ve received a diagnosis or immediately following the death of a loved one who’s had mesothelioma. If you decide to wait, you may face legal issues. Mesothelioma statute of limitations will only let you file a claim within a specific amount of time — often one to three years — depending on the state you live in. To be safe, you’ll want to start this process sooner rather than later.
How Much Experience Do You Have Handling Mesothelioma Claims?
You’ll want to find a firm which focuses on mesothelioma claims. At BCBH Law, we only deal with asbestos litigation and have many years of experience handling cases just like yours. It’s important to find a firm like ours, which has already won more than a billion dollars for clients.
How Involved Will I Be After I File a Mesothelioma Case?
An experienced mesothelioma lawyer will do all the hard work for you. There is very little involvement on your part when it comes to filing a claim or moving it along the mesothelioma case process. However, in some cases, you may be required to record your testimony for evidence. Most people find this is the most work they will have to contribute during their mesothelioma case. Despite that, your attorney will be able to handle everything else from start to finish, so the only thing you need to focus on is your mesothelioma treatment.
The attorneys at BCBH Law take pride in making sure their clients’ medical needs come first, which is why they handle all the case work.
Are You Familiar With Asbestos Trust Funds?
If you’ve found an attorney that doesn’t know much about asbestos trust funds, then you should keep looking. Asbestos trust funds are created when asbestos-involved companies go bankrupt. The funds are then used to compensate future qualified mesothelioma victims. A knowledgeable lawyer should be able to easily navigate through the list of trust funds and help you get the compensation you deserve.
At BCBH Law, we understand that hiring a mesothelioma lawyer may seem like a lot to take on at a time like this. Get in touch with one of our lawyers today, and we’ll be happy to answer all of the questions on your list. Responding to a mesothelioma diagnosis is often hard, but finding a qualified mesothelioma lawyer to fight for you shouldn’t be.