If you have an asbestos-related illness, an experienced lawyer can help you understand your options and rights. Over the past decades, many companies have been held liable for exposing people to asbestos, a harmful mineral that leads to devastating diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. Wtih so many victims of asbestos exposure, many lawyers now specialize in asbestos-related lawsuits.
There is currently more than $30 billion available in asbestos trust funds. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, fill out our form to get a free Financial Compensation Packet. You’ll learn about the top mesothelioma lawyers in your area, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file a claim for the asbestos trust funds, and more.
How Can an Asbestos Lawyer Help Me?
An asbestos lawyer is an attorney who specializes in asbestos-related cases, such as asbestos-related lung cancer lawsuits, mesothelioma lawsuits, and any cases involving asbestos exposure and resulting illness. They help victims in several ways:
- An asbestos lawyer has deep knowledge of related laws and cases and can provide you with expert advice.
- They can be an important advocate as you seek justice.
- The right lawyer will take the complexity out of the legal process and help you better understand your options.
- Experienced asbestos lawyers have access to experts and databases with information about companies that exposed victims.
- These lawyers can investigate and determine where and when you were exposed to asbestos.
- Your lawyer can provide you with information about asbestos trust funds.
- The right lawyer gives you a better chance of a good outcome in a lawsuit and of recovering more damages.
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How Do I Choose the Best Asbestos Lawyer?
Choosing the best attorney to represent you is an important decision that will affect the outcome of your case. There are several things to look for when choosing a lawyer that’s right for you, including:
Proven Success in Asbestos Cases
Reputable, experienced asbestos attorneys should have a proven track record of wins in asbestos cases. This should include recently-won cases (within the past five years), large settlement amounts, and verdicts won in cases that went to trial.
Experience with Asbestos Trust Funds
Going to trial may not be the best option for your situation. A good lawyer will be able to advise you if filing a claim with a trust fund makes more sense. You need a lawyer who understands the details regarding these trust funds and how to properly file claims. Making a mistake with filing could sabotage your chances of collecting compensation.
Contingency-Based Payment Plans
A contingency-based payment plan means you pay nothing until your case is won. It’s important to retain a lawyer who offers fees on a contingency basis as it shows that the law firm has the financial resources available to investigate and work on your case.
An Asbestos Lawyer You Can Trust
Perhaps the most important factor in choosing a lawyer is finding someone you feel comfortable with and that you can trust. An asbestos lawyer should never claim that you will win millions in a settlement or guarantee a winning outcome in order to get your business.
Frequently Asked Questions about Working with Asbestos Lawyers
Will a lawyer charge me to review my case?
Most experienced asbestos attorneys offer free legal evaluations before taking on your case. Although this is the norm, you should always ask each potential lawyer if they charge for a case consultation.
How long does it take to resolve a mesothelioma lawsuit?
Every case is different, so there is no way to know for sure. Part of determining how long a lawsuit may be depends on the state the case is filed in. Other factors include:
- If your case settles or goes to trial. Settlements are generally resolved faster than trial cases.
- The progression of your illness In some instances, cases can be expedited for those who are in extremely poor health.
How do I pay for my lawsuit expenses while waiting for my case to resolve?
An experienced lawyer who offers a contingency-based payment option will not charge you for any lawsuit expenses. Until your case is settled and you’ve been compensated, you generally do not have to pay anything.
How much of my compensation will a lawyer take?
Asbestos attorney fees are usually between 25% to 40% of your total compensation if your case goes to trial. Fees for settlements can be as low at 3% to 5%, depending on your attorney. Refer to our Attorney Fees section below for additional information.
Will an attorney accept a settlement on my behalf? What if I don’t agree with it?
By law, you have to formally agree and sign paperwork that acknowledges you agree to a proposed settlement amount. An attorney will not accept the settlement without getting your signed approval.
I was diagnosed with mesothelioma, but my spouse is the one that worked around asbestos. Can I still get compensated?
Yes, many asbestos victims who won their lawsuits experienced second-hand exposure. Whether you’ve been exposed to asbestos through a spouse’s or parent’s work clothes, through school buildings, or any other kind of indirect exposure, you have the legal right to file for damages.
My spouse passed away recently after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Can an attorney help me?
If you’ve lost a loved one due to asbestos exposure, you have the legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. You may also be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits.
Where Can I Find an Asbestos Attorney?
Recent studies from the American Bar Association (ABA) found that, while referrals are still a popular method when searching for an attorney, more and more people are turning to the internet to find legal help.
Many people find legal representation on websites that allow them to post legal questions and receive answers from attorneys or on comprehensive sites that provide information on specific types of cases, like asbestos.
Reputable and informative websites can be good resources. Other options for finding a good asbestos lawyer include contacting your state’s bar association or contacting advocacy groups for mesothelioma and asbestos victims.
Where Can I Get Additional Assistance?
If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be eligible for a substantial amount of compensation. Get our free Financial Compensation Packet for info on the top mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers in your area. Over $30 billion is available in trust funds. For additional assistance, contact us toll-free at 800-793-4540.
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Paul Danziger grew up in Houston, Texas and earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. For over 25 years years he has focused on representing mesothelioma cancer victims and others hurt by asbestos exposure. Paul and his law firm have represented thousands of people diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for injured clients. Every client is extremely important to Paul and he will take every call from clients who want to speak with him. Paul and his law firm handle mesothelioma cases throughout the United States.