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Finding a Mesothelioma Lawyer

Oct 10, 2007
Are you concerned about yourself or a loved one because they have been diagnosed with mesothelioma? Has someone you've known died from some kind of mesothelioma? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this article may be just what you are looking for. It is going to address the benefits of finding an attorney or lawyer and describe the process of selection.

When someone has recently been diagnosed with a serious illness such as asbestos related mesothelioma cancer, it is a normal reaction to go into a state of shock and disbelief. It is important, at this critical point in the process, that you keep your wits about you and contact a mesothelioma attorney because a qualified lawyer will be able to help you understand what your rights are and can help you navigate the legal system.
The most common concern for someone with a new diagnosis, is the prognosis for recovery.

Other, maybe less pressing, concerns include: wondering about the various kinds of treatments and their side effects, how the symptoms will progress, how will someone become well, and maybe of equal importance as the question of recovery is - how will you and your family be able to live when you are unable to earn a living, not to mention how household bills will be paid as well as medical bills.

There are many things to take into consideration when choosing a mesotheolioma lawyer. One of the first things to think about is how to choose a lawyer, because having the right lawyer can make all of the difference in the world. Having a qualified lawyer on your team will help you feel confident that your case is being organized in the most efficacious manner possible and that the attorney cares about you and your case. If you feel good about your choice of attorney, you will be able to focus on getting well and that is really the best medicine.

The Wall Street Journal several years ago published an article that indicated the average settlement or award on a mesothelioma lawsuit was approximately $1,000,000. It was noted in the article that many times lawsuits are settled without going to court but, if the lawsuit does go to court, the average settlement in 2001 was $6,000,000.

Most mesothelioma lawyers do not charge by the hour or have a fixed fee. Instead, they set their compensation as a percentage of what the court decides is a fair settlement. Typically this percentage is around 40%. As you have probably already guessed, finding the right attorney is the key to the successful lawsuit. Professional mesothelioma attorneys work industriously to identify patients or families, and for this reason it is crucial that you make a good thorough search for the right attorney.

There are some attorneys who are in it only for the money and they are not who you want. If you look on the internet, or in the phone book, you will see there are many lawyers advertising they are proficient in mesothelioma cases and this is good for you. The more you have to choose from - the better chance you will have making a choice that fits your needs. Take your time in the selection process and do not pick the first attorney you talk to over the phone or contact on the internet.

Interview as many lawyers as you can and write down the answers they give you. When you have interviewed as many as you feel is enough, weigh the pros and cons of each before choosing. Some questions to consider asking include:

1. Ask about what personal experience he has had in representing cases. Be sure you find out precisely the number of clients handled personally and how many cases were handled by one or another lawyers in the firm.
2. Ask about the number of cases he has represented that were settled out of court and how many cases went to trial.
3. Ask about the settlement for each case the lawyer personally represented.
4. Ask if the law firm refers potential clients to other law firms in order to receive a percentage of the final settlement.
The important part of the attorney selection process is to trust your attorney has your best interest at heart. So continue to interview until you find the right match. A good attorney makes a big difference.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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