Learning that you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma can be a very isolating experience. Patients and their families usually know that they need help after a diagnosis, but they may not know where to turn.
Outside of doctors and medical teams, mesothelioma lawyers often provide some of the most substantial support and guidance for victims of asbestos exposure. At Frost Law Firm, PC, we understand that our clients rely on us throughout the entire process of seeking compensation. That’s why we advocate for each and every mesothelioma patient to be sure that the lawyer they are working for is the right fit for them.
Finding the right lawyer does not have to be hard, though. Before you meet with us for your free consultation or with another lawyer, consider what questions you should prepare ahead of time.
Questions To Prepare for Your Mesothelioma Lawyer
You should always write down all of your questions prior to meeting with an attorney. While you might think you will remember everything you’d like to ask, it can be easy to forget in the moment. You should also bring along something to write with, such as a pen and a piece of paper or your favorite note-taking app on your phone. Keep track of anything that seems important or that stands out to you.
If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to questions, here are a few that we encourage our clients to ask at Frost Law Firm, PC.
What Are My Legal Options?
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, a substance that we know causes cancer. Depending on where and how you were exposed to asbestos, you might either make a claim with an asbestos trust or file a lawsuit. Your attorney should help you decide which method will be most effective for recovering the fair compensation you need.
What Is Your Past Experience with Mesothelioma Cases?
Mesothelioma cases are complicated. From providing all of the necessary documentation to correctly valuing the worth of your claim, you deserve to work with someone who knows what they are doing. Always make sure that your lawyer has experience working with mesothelioma patients. You can also ask about the results of their past mesothelioma cases, and whether they were favorable for their clients.
What if I Don’t Know Where I Was Exposed to Asbestos?
Symptoms associated with this type of cancer often take years and even decades to surface, at which point it can be difficult to pinpoint when and where the asbestos exposure occurred. You need someone who knows how to follow the trails that lead to the right answers, collecting all the necessary evidence along the way.
Do I Need Evidence?
Whether you plan to file a claim with an asbestos trust or a lawsuit against a negligent entity, you need proof to support your claim. Finding and compiling the evidence of your asbestos exposure and how it caused your mesothelioma can be time-consuming, and your lawyer should be prepared to explain what evidence you need and how they will help you get it.
What Are Your Fees?
Any lawyer that you meet with should be upfront and clear about their fees, as well as how they are paid. Many lawyers work for a contingency fee, which means that they do not get paid unless they secure a favorable outcome for you. The contingency fee will be a percentage of your settlement.
What if My Spouse Passed Away from Mesothelioma Before We Could Take Action?
Losing a loved one to a cancer like mesothelioma is a devastating experience. If your spouse passed away before you could file a claim with an asbestos trust or a lawsuit, you might feel as though you’ve lost both your life partner and all your options for justice in one go. While there is nothing that can undo your loss, you can still file a wrongful death lawsuit. Your lawyer should cover your legal options in the event of your spouse’s death.
Who Will Receive Compensation if I Pass Away?
You love your family, and you want to make sure they are still taken care of should you pass away before your claim or lawsuit is completed. Should this happen, your lawyer can advise your spouse, children, or other dependents of their options to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Can I Help a Loved One Pursue a Claim?
Mesothelioma can progress quickly once symptoms start. If you have a loved one who is too sick to pursue a case on their own, you and other family members can work with a lawyer to help them do so.
What Are My Treatment Options?
While mesothelioma lawyers are certainly familiar with the different types of treatments available to mesothelioma patients, they should never advise their clients to undergo specific treatment plans. Mesothelioma patients should defer all medical treatment questions to their doctors and medical team, who are most familiar with their condition. A qualified lawyer will never provide medical advice.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
You have one priority when you are diagnosed with mesothelioma—focusing on your well-being. Prioritizing your health when you are also dealing with medical bills and other costs associated with your condition is not easy, though. This is where a lawyer can help.
When you choose to work with Frost Law Firm, PC, you are making the conscious decision to prioritize your health. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping asbestos exposure victims in Hawaii, and we work tirelessly to make sure that all our clients feel as though they have the best opportunity to secure the compensation they deserve.
We welcome any and all questions about your case, our services, and how we might work well together. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our expert lawyers. There is no commitment, and we never charge for an initial meeting.