This morning I switched on the TV and the first thing I saw was and advertisement by and for a large mesothelioma law firm.
Mesothelioma is actually a very rare form of cancer, yet, several thousand people each year die because of this devastating disease, caused by exposure to asbestos. The lining of the lungs gets affected first, followed by the heart, the entire abdomen and later on, as the disease progresses, other areas inside the body of the victim. Each year around 3000 new mesothelioma cases are being registered. All asbestos induced diseases are known for their long latency period, which makes the diagnosis rather difficult. Many years or even decades may pass before a patient exhibits first symptoms. The overall prognosis is rather poor, effective treatments — let alone a cure — is yet to be found.
Mesothelioma law firms have mushroomed over the past ten years. Some of them were able to recover settlement compensations or court verdicts in the millions. Especially the so called class action lawsuits got the attention of the media and the public, since some of them had dollar amounts in the hundred millions at stake.
As mentioned before, it is not difficult to just find any mesothelioma law firm, however, teaming up with the right one for your case is the key to success. When I recently conducted research on New York mesothelioma attorneys, I came across with an interesting service that is offered by some the law practices; it is called ‘expedited trial’. Via this procedure, your case will be litigated with a higher priority, which will safe you time and money. Not all mesothelioma law firms have the infrastructure and the connections to provide this special type of service to their clients. But those who have been around for a while and gained reputation and respect through the work they did in previous asbestos cases, are usually able to offer this ‘extra’ to you.
In sum: looking at the track record of mesothelioma law firms is certainly a good starting point. In a second step, I would recommend asking for a free consultation. Most of the law firms are willing to do that, since the want your business. This will give you the chance to meet with the lawyers face to face and allow you to make a decision as to whether or not you are comfortable with them on a personal level, too.
The author Tony Ulrich was diagnosed with kidney cancer in October of 2009. In his research on what his cancer could have been caused by, he came across with data that suggests a strong link to environmental toxins, such as asbestos.