Mesothelioma is a relatively rare type of cancer that is caused by the inhalation of asbestos dust, fibers, or particles. Although asbestos manufacturers as well as companies that use asbestos in their products have been aware of the dangers associated with asbestos fibers for many decades they have put a higher value on their profits than they have on the health problems that asbestos can cause.
Most people who develop mesothelioma are those who were employed by companies that either mined asbestos or manufactured products that contained the mineral. Many others have acquired the disease because they either used products that contained asbestos or they were exposed to it because their loved ones unknowingly took the particles home with them on their work clothes.
Once someone has been diagnosed with mesothelioma one of the most important things that they can do is choose a mesothelioma attorney to represent them. That's because the disease is fatal and the companies that are responsible for causing it should be held accountable for their actions.
According to The Wall Street Journal, attorneys have said that the typical out of court settlement for a mesothelioma case is one million dollars. And, if the case goes to trial the median award (as of 2001) was six million dollars. This was triple the amount awarded in 1999.
With so much at stake you need to find a mesothelioma lawyer who has a lot of experience. That's because they will have the necessary contacts, knowledge, and resources that are required to put a solid case together - the very things necessary to increase the probability that you will be successful in your lawsuit.
If you have never initiated a lawsuit then making the right choice of attorneys may seem overwhelming. However, if you ask the right questions when you interview lawyers and if you are comfortable with the mesothelioma attorney you choose then you will increase the odds of your success.
One of the questions that you should ask is if the legal team that represents you will work with you one-on-one in order to ensure the best possible results. You should find out if they will take care of each of the necessary steps in the process.
Find out how they will be compensated. Most, but not all, meosthelioma lawyers work on a contingency basis. In other words they won't be paid unless they win the case for you.
Finding out things like this will often make a huge difference in the amount of compensation that you may ultimately receive.