Posted on July 7, 2014

Top Ten Questions to Ask  When You are Evaluating and Hiring a Mesothelioma Law Firm BORDERWhen 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:

  1. How many mesothelioma cases do you take each year?
  2. How long have you been trying mesothelioma cases?
  3. 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.
  4. Have you tried a case to jury verdict in the last two years, and if so, what was the result?
  5. How many of your mesothelioma cases were settled, and how many went to trial?
  6. How many of your verdicts withstood appeal?
  7. Does your firm list jury verdicts?  If so, where?
  8. What is your average time to resolution in mesothelioma cases?
  9. What are my expected costs of pursuing the litigation?
  10. 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.


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