Mesothelioma is an occupationsl disease. Exposure to asbestos at the workplace is the single most important risk factor for developing mesothelioma. In the era when safety measures were often deficient, workers were constantly exposed to asbestos fibers and many of them developed the disease. Mesothelioma develops some 40-60 years after exposure and is thus common in the senior citizens who have worked in places known to have asbestos in the ambient environment. Compensations and lawsuits are common and are justified where there were gross violations in safety measures. The manufacturers and even distributors knew for decades that asbestos was hazardous, but they did not warn people of those hazards. As a result, a patient has the right of recovery against those manufacturers who can help pay the costs of treatment and provide compensation for the resultant pain and suffering.
No amount of monetary benefits can compensate the suffering but at least the compensation can take care of the medical expenses involved. Any person affected directly or indirectly is eligible for compensation.
Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit is a long and tedious process. As soon as a diagnosis has been made, it is critical to get hold of a qualified mesothelioma attorney to file claims. It is better to file a suit with the help of attorneys who are experienced in these issues. They have done the hard legwork and groundwork and as such can help speedier processing of the claims. All said and done choosing a mesothelioma attorney is a personal decision and best left to the patient and his or her relatives.
The following questions can help make a good decision regarding mesothelioma lawyers and firms.
1. How long has the firm been handling these type of cases?
2. How many cases are being handled currently?
3. How many cases have been handled successfully in the recent past?
4. Will a law firm work on your case or refer it to another law firm? If reported what are the credentials of the referred law firm?
5. How many cases have been taken to trial and what have been the nature of the verdicts?
6. In the event of an appeal are there qualified lawyers in the firm who handle appellate and related legal issues?
7. What is the track record for the firm in handling appealed cases successfully?
The Martindale-Hubbell Legal network is a good point to begin search for mesothelioma lawyers and firms. A simple search on a search engine will give further details. The Oklahoma Bar Association has put out excellent guidelines regarding choosing an attorney. They state that "Selecting a lawyer is a personal matter. You must judge which particular attorney will be best for you.
It is extremely important to trust the lawyer or firm one hires. No lawyer can be expected to win every case, and sometimes the best legal advice may not be exactly what you want to hear. "