Most law firms offer a free first consultation with regards to a personal injury case. It is at such a consultation that you may take the opportunity to interview the potential attorney. You can sit down and discuss your case, however, there are other questions you may ask. This article and subsequent ones will discuss questions to ask at a free consultation with an asbestos mesothelioma lawyer.
Choosing an asbestos lawyer for your case may seem overwhelming. However, the process is made easier by being able to consult with a potential lawyer. And what makes it even better is that such first consultations are free. That being said, you need to make the best of this opportunity by asking relevant questions. This will allow you to make an informed decision to hire or not to hire the lawyer for your case. Some questions to ask the potential lawyer include the following:
Questions on timeline and settlement
Good asbestos attorneys are not likely to estimate a dollar value of your claim. This is because the settlement amount depends on many factors. Such as, how serious your illness is, how you were exposed to asbestos and when. Another key factor is whether the defendant is bankrupt or not and how much your illness affected you financially.
However, that does not mean that you should not ask questions relating to the settlement. You may ask what type of companies you are likely to be making a claim against, or how many they are. By knowing the size of the case, you get a pretty good picture of how involved it will be.
The question of whether or not defendants are bankrupt is important as many asbestos product manufacturers and suppliers are bankrupt. However, they have established trust funds for asbestos claimants. As a result, this may be a significant part of your case. Therefore, it is important to ask what bankruptcy claims are likely to be made and how long they will take.