If you or a loved one has mesothelioma cancer due to asbestos exposure,1 you may be looking for legal advice. As the largest mass tort in U.S. history,2 asbestos litigation is a popular area of law practice, and there are a number of mesothelioma cancer lawyers with experience who can handle your case.
Types of mesothelioma lawyers
Attorneys offering legal advice on mesothelioma cases are usually well versed in personal injury lawsuits and compensation claims. Depending on your situation, they may end up filing a product liability, wrongful death, medical malpractice or negligence claim on your behalf.3 If the first lawyer you discuss your case with ends up not being as familiar with the type of case you need them to pursue, find another mesothelioma attorney who is.
Qualifications to look for in a mesothelioma lawyer
When looking for legal advice on your mesothelioma case, you will want a lawyer who is:
- Familiar with recent laws about asbestos-related claims4
- Familiar with recent settlements in mesothelioma-related lawsuits4
- Willing to file within the statutes of limitations for a claim3
- Familiar with the bankruptcy trusts set up to compensate mesothelioma victims2
Be sure that the mesothelioma lawyer you choose is on the same page as you are and willing to do what you need by interviewing them, or talking to them, prior to hiring them.
Where to find a mesothelioma lawyer
Lawyers.com offers listings of attorneys by area of practice, so you can find a lawyer specializing in mesothelioma. Also, the State Bar, the authority that licenses lawyers in your state, should have a referral service you can contact. Find the organization’s website to get the number of the service.5
You can also check your local Yellow Pages for law firms and start calling them to find out if they can handle your case, or you might be able to get recommendations from members of a mesothelioma support group. And personal referrals from your doctor, friends, and family — or even an attorney you use for other services — can also lead to the legal advice you need.
The lawyer who can handle your case is out there.