Posted on July 7, 2014
When people ask me about hiring a mesothelioma law firm, the first thing I tell them is that ADAO does not make legal referrals. However, since mesothelioma is heavily litigated, I believe evaluating law firms is the right thing to do: get educated, review information, ask questions, etc.
My husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003, and through my turbulent journey, I have learned each of us must ask questions and review answers. I suggest you interview more than one law firm. Then, step back and try to make a sound business decision based on the facts at hand. Here are my top ten questions I would ask now:
Top Ten Questions:
- How many mesothelioma cases do you take each year?
- How long have you been trying mesothelioma cases?
- If my case goes to trial, will you be representing me in court? NOTE: There are some firms that sign a contract and “sell” your case to another firm.
- Have you tried a case to jury verdict in the last two years, and if so, what was the result?
- How many of your mesothelioma cases were settled, and how many went to trial?
- How many of your verdicts withstood appeal?
- Does your firm list jury verdicts? If so, where?
- What is your average time to resolution in mesothelioma cases?
- What are my expected costs of pursuing the litigation?
- Does your firm donate to increase awareness and fund research?
Each legal and medical decision we make is often very emotional for the patients and families, but remember, hiring a law firm is a business decision. If you hire a firm and aren’t happy, discuss your complaints with the law firm. If your issues are unresolved, you can discuss hiring a new firm.
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Get educated – knowledge is power.
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, does not make legal referrals.