We’ve all heard them. Those law firm commercials urging people who’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases to call right away. Those ads mean little to the average person, but if you are one of the approximately 3,500 people who will be diagnosed with mesothelioma each year — or the family member or friend of a victim of any asbestos-related disease — then things can change quickly and you start paying attention. Mesothelioma law firm commercials all say much the same thing: if you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma then you should call right away because you may be entitled to compensation. They all sound a little bit suspicious, especially since they imply that you can get a lot of money, so it’s normal to wonder whether they’re on the up and up. Despite your concerns, if the law firm that’s advertising truly specializes in mesothelioma lawsuits, then not only are they likely to be legitimate, but it’s a good idea to follow their suggestion and make the call for more information.
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If Mesothelioma Is So Rare, Why Are There So Many Commercials?
It’s true that mesothelioma is diagnosed in just 3,500 people per year, and other asbestos-related diseases are also uncommon. But because so many of the asbestos companies that exposed workers to asbestos were aware of its dangers and chose to put profits over people, the American justice system has imposed severe penalties on them in the form of very large verdicts. This means that though there are only a limited number of mesothelioma lawsuits filed, most of them are successful and they are worth a great deal of money to both the victim and the attorney that represents them. Though a mesothelioma lawsuits generally cost nothing to the victim out of pocket, and mesothelioma lawyers do not get paid if they do not win their case, they do get a percentage of every verdict or settlement that they win for their client. With the average mesothelioma verdict estimated at $6 million and the average mesothelioma settlement reaching between $1 million and $1.4 million, it represents a lot of money. That’s why so many attorneys have chosen to specialize in mesothelioma, and why mesothelioma law firms run so many ads.
How Do I Choose a Mesothelioma Lawyer to Represent Me
Choosing a mesothelioma lawyer is just like making any other important decision. It is fine to start with the commercials, but you still want to do your homework. You want to find out not only if a mesothelioma law firm does a good job and has won verdicts on behalf of their clients, but also whether you feel comfortable with them. Listening to what a commercial says is not enough: you want to research them on the internet, speak to some of their clients or their clients’ families, and meet with them in person to get a feel for the kind of rapport that you are able to develop with them.
A mesothelioma attorney who has been practicing asbestos law for many years will have a long record of cases that they have won and clients that will be willing to speak with you about their experience. They also will be willing to sit down and meet with you – and even to come to you if you are too ill to travel — to learn more about your case and to tell you how they can help.
One thing that you want to watch out for is an attorney who is running a mesothelioma commercial but who does not actually specialize in mesothelioma cases. Because mesothelioma lawsuits can represent such large sums of money, many attorneys will simply invest in an advertisement in hopes that they can attract the attention of a mesothelioma victim. If an attorney cannot show you numerous mesothelioma cases that they have won, then move on to the next lawyer. You need an attorney with extensive experience in battling asbestos company lawyers and an impressive knowledge of mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases in order to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.
One thing that you want to watch out for is any attorney that promises you a specific amount of money for your mesothelioma case. Whether they are talking about pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit or a settlement, every case is different and there is no way for even an experienced mesothelioma attorney to predict what the outcome of your lawsuit will be. The best that an experienced mesothelioma attorney will be able to do is to provide you with information about cases that they have tried that are similar to yours.
Do I Really Need to “Call Now”?
Actually, yes — you do. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease and you are even considering filing a lawsuit then you need to act quickly because there is a time limit that works against people who wait too long, preventing them from being able to take action. These time limits have an official legal term: — statute of limitations — and the longer you wait after being diagnosed, the less chance that you have to file a claim. Even if you aren’t sure that you want to go forward with a lawsuit, it’s a good idea to contact an attorney and let them file a claim. It costs you nothing and you can always choose not to proceed, but doing so will prevent you from running out of time.
How Is It Possible That I Pay “Nothing Up Front”? Lawyers are Expensive!
There is no doubt that attorneys’ fees can add up. But in most cases, a mesothelioma law firm will work on what is known as a contingency basis. This means that if they believe that you have a strong case then they will represent you without you having to pay anything out of pocket. You only owe them money if they win your case for you, and then their fees are taken out of the verdict or settlement that they have gotten on your behalf. If a law firm running a mesothelioma commercial doesn’t work on a contingency basis, then they probably don’t have the kind of experience or resources that you need to get you the maximum compensation that you deserve.
What Industries Are Most At Risk for Mesothelioma and Asbestos-related Diseases?
Asbestos was widely used throughout the beginning of the 20th century in construction and insulation applications. That means that people who worked in certain industries are at most risk for having been exposed to the toxic material. Job sites and occupations that are most at risk include:
- Veterans of all branches of the American military
- Oil refineries
- Dry wall professionals
- Automotive Mechanics
- Automotive plants
- Power plants
- Railroad workers
If you worked in one of these occupations or industries, then there is a good chance that you were exposed to asbestos and need to educate yourself about mesothelioma’s symptoms. Unfortunately, the same is true for your family members, who may have been exposed to asbestos when you unknowingly carried it home on your work clothes, hair, or skin.
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If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, whether the rare and fatal form of lung cancer called mesothelioma, asbestosis, or any other kind of cancer exacerbated by exposure to asbestos, then we can help. Contact us today to learn more about how we can ensure that your rights are protected and how we can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Call us at 1-800-706-5606 or fill out this short form today.