COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT LEGAL REPRESENTATION
Frequently Asked Questions ∙ California Mesothelioma Law Firm
With extensive litigation experience, our lawyers have represented a variety of clients in California, Washington and other states throughout the country. We have handled a variety of mesothelioma cases, with a remarkable track record of past successes and testimonials. We have compiled some frequently asked questions to help mesothelioma victims and their families learn more about their legal rights and options.
How much will it cost me to have you investigate my claim?
There is never an out-of-pocket cost to you for any of our services, including the preliminary investigation of your potential claim. If you later decide to retain us as your attorneys, we will work for you on a contingency fee basis. This means we are paid only if we win a judgment or negotiate a settlement on your behalf.
How much will it cost me to have you represent me?
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we are paid only if we receive a monetary award or settlement on your behalf. Our fees and expenses will then be subtracted from this final amount.
What is a contingency fee?
A law firm that works on a contingency fee basis does not charge by the hour. Instead, a percentage of the money awarded to you will go to this office and the rest will go to you. Most attorneys in personal injury cases operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that we take all the financial risks involved in the lawsuit. If we do not recover a settlement for you, you will not be responsible for any fees or expenses.
I don’t live in California. Can you still help me?
For complex issues such as asbestos litigation, it is best to seek a law firm with the appropriate expertise, no matter where that law firm is located. No matter which state you live in, the question about where to actually file a lawsuit can only be answered on a case-by-case basis after examining all the facts. We will always file in the jurisdiction we deem most favorable to your claim. If your case is not filed in California or Washington, we will affiliate with local attorneys in the state that your case is filed. Physical distance will never hinder our representation. All of our clients receive personalized attention and quick responses to their questions, regardless of where they live in the United States.
How large of a settlement can I expect?
The value of your potential claim depends on many factors, such as the places you were exposed to asbestos, the extent of your exposure, the ability to identify asbestos products, the evidence that supports your claim and the financial resources of the responsible parties. In other words, it really is not possible to answer this question without knowing a lot about your potential claim, and you should be suspicious of any lawyer that guarantees you a specific amount or range on your first meeting.
Can you also assist me with administrative claims?
We will pursue claims for you from bankrupt asbestos companies that have established trust funds for this purpose. If your diagnosis is confirmed, you may receive your first settlement from these trusts in as little as 90 days. We can also work to help you obtain the Social Security and veteran’s disability benefits to which you may be entitled.
Contact Northern California Mesothelioma Lawyers∙
From our Bay Area law offices, we represent clients throughout California, Washington and the entire United States.
Contact us at (800) 824-8234 to speak with an attorney or schedule a free initial consultation online.