After a person is diagnosed with mesothelioma, they or their family may have the right to file a claim against the parties responsible for asbestos exposure. In the United States of America, plaintiffs in mesothelioma cases are not legally required to hire an attorney. However, hiring a lawyer experienced with mesothelioma claims is a good idea. A mesothelioma lawyer can help with, among other things, investigating the cause of asbestos exposure, valuing the claim, and negotiating for a fair compensation amount.
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is natural that you would wonder how much it costs to hire a lawyer to help with your compensation claim. You may be surprised to learn that you can afford to hire a lawyer regardless of your financial situation. Read on for more.
Fees for Retaining a Mesothelioma Lawyer
Mesothelioma attorneys in the United States of America generally operate on a contingency fee basis. If you visit most mesothelioma law firms' websites, you will see statements such as “No fee unless we win” and “No win, No fee.” What this means is that you do not have to pay any upfront fees to the lawyer. It means the lawyer will only get paid if and when you win your case. With a contingency fee arrangement, you are not required to pay the lawyer out-of-pocket if you lose your case.
A lawyer working on a contingency fee basis receives a percentage of the settlement or verdict award. The contingent fee depends on several factors, including whether or not the case goes to trial. Usually, when a case is settled before trial, the plaintiff owes the attorney a lower percentage than if the case had gone to trial. In the United States, contingent fee arrangements generally range from 33% to 40% of the gross amount recovered.
How Much Do Mesothelioma Lawyers Charge for Consultations?
A consultation with a mesothelioma lawyer is an opportunity for you to gauge the lawyer's skills and whether you are comfortable with them. It is the lawyer's chance to assess your case and determine if you have a valid compensation case and whether they want to take your case.
Mesothelioma lawyers in the U.S. generally offer free consultations. If you look at most mesothelioma law firms' websites, you will see statements such as “Free Consultation” or “Schedule a free consultation today.” However, it is vital to note that the time you have to consult with a mesothelioma lawyer may be limited. Because of this, you must make good use of your time with a mesothelioma lawyer. Ensure you arrive at the consultation prepared. For example, write down everything you can remember about the asbestos exposure that led to the diagnosis and all of the questions and concerns you have before your consultation. Also, gather documents or evidence you believe are relevant to your case.
Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyers
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.