Mesothelioma is rare in two ways: it’s an uncommon form of cancer and it’s one of the few cancers with a known cause. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. After your mesothelioma diagnosis one of the experts you will want to consult with is an experienced asbestos attorney, who can help you get compensation.
You might think you can’t afford an asbestos attorney after your mesothelioma diagnosis. In some instances, attorneys can be expensive, and you might not have a lot of spare cash right now. Your medical bills are piling up. If you were still working, mesothelioma treatments might have made you too sick to hold down a job. You don’t want to leave your family saddled with a lot of bills from an asbestos attorney on top of everything else.
Don’t let this misconception about lawyers hold you back from getting justice. An asbestos attorney should not take a dime out of your bank account. And an asbestos lawsuit could help you pay those escalating medical bills and take care of your family.
You Can Afford an Asbestos Attorney Right Now
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you can hire an asbestos attorney, even if your bank accounts are in the red. The best and most reputable asbestos lawyers won’t ask you for any money up front. You won’t have to pay for legal expenses or the lawyer’s fees unless your asbestos attorney wins your case. This arrangement is known as a contingency fee.
Under a contingency fee arrangement, instead of charging by the hour, your attorney agrees to be paid a percentage of the money you are awarded, plus reimbursement for expenses. If you don’t win your case, you don’t owe any money for attorney’s fees or expenses.
You don’t even need to travel anywhere. A top-notch asbestos firm will start by talking with you over the phone. If the asbestos attorney thinks you have a good case, someone will travel to your home to meet you, explain what the lawsuit involves, and begin the investigation into your employment and medical history. You won’t have to go anywhere.
Your asbestos attorney is someone with a great deal of experience in asbestos lawsuits. The asbestos law firm knows from past experience which of your employers used or made asbestos products. The firm’s investigators will comb through your life to find out where you were exposed to asbestos and who should be named in your lawsuit.
Breakdown of Costs to File an Asbestos Lawsuit
Contingency fees can range from 1/3 to 1/2 of any settlement or trial verdict you receive. In addition to the contingency fees, there are costs associated with asbestos lawsuits. These costs can include court filing fees, the charge for court reporters at depositions, and the cost to pay experts to testify on your behalf.
Ask your prospective asbestos law firm whether it will take these expenses from your portion of the compensation or share them. As an example, Kazan Law’s basic contingency fee is one-third before the case gets a trial date. We deduct expenses before dividing the settlement or verdict, so we share the costs of the lawsuit proportionately.
Who Should File an Asbestos Lawsuit and Why
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you are probably due compensation for your illness. This is particularly true if you worked with products that contained asbestos during your career. Veterans, particularly those from the Vietnam era or those who worked on ships, may have been exposed to asbestos during military service.
These aren’t the only circumstances that would make you a good candidate for an asbestos lawsuit. At Kazan Law, we’ve won large settlements and jury verdicts for mesothelioma patients who came into contact with asbestos on a spouse’s work clothes. Even though these mesothelioma victims didn’t work around asbestos themselves, the corporation that produced the asbestos dust was still liable for their illness. Some mesothelioma patients were exposed to asbestos during a home remodel. Many building materials, including drywall, tile, and roofing, can contain asbestos.
Settlements and verdicts from asbestos lawsuits can total millions of dollars. Even if the corporation that harmed you has filed for bankruptcy, your asbestos attorney will know how to apply for funds from the asbestos trust set up by that company. These funds can help to not only pay your medical costs and lost wages but to help your family survive once you are gone.
There’s one other important reason to file an asbestos lawsuit: it’s important to make corporations pay for their negligence or deliberate wrongdoing. If there’s no price tag on their bad actions, they have no reason to change.
Asbestos was cheap and convenient for corporations to use until asbestos lawsuits made it expensive. Mesothelioma patients who bravely stepped forward and took their cases to court rather than suffering in silence showed the world the dangers of asbestos. Asbestos is now used in much smaller quantities and the EPA is considering taking further action to remove asbestos from our environment. This awareness, spurred by asbestos attorneys and their clients, has saved countless lives.
How to Choose an Asbestos Attorney
A top-notch asbestos attorney can get you a better compensation package – the money that you deserve for the harm done to you by negligent corporations.
Be on the lookout for shoddy firms. Choose an asbestos attorney who will work with you for a reasonable contingency fee. If an asbestos attorney asks for money up front, wants you to pay for the preliminary investigation to find out if you have a case, or charge you by the hour, choose a different firm.
Your asbestos attorney should reduce your stress, not add to it. No matter where you live in the US, you can work with a top-rated asbestos attorney, even if that lawyer isn’t based in your state. You deserve the best.
If you have questions about how to choose an asbestos attorney or whether you are a good candidate for an asbestos lawsuit, feel free to call Kazan Law for assistance.