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For many people, choosing a mesothelioma attorney will be their first time working with a lawyer for any purpose. Take time to evaluate their credentials and background.

First and foremost you should feel confident that the law firm you choose has the experience and legal abilities to get you the results you deserve. Review their website. Speak with the attorneys and take notice how you are treated. Are your calls returned promptly? You can also request names of past clients for references.

Check individual attorneys' ratings. An AV rating is awarded to attorneys who have achieved the highest levels of professional and ethical standards according to a review by their peers.

When you are choosing a mesothelioma attorney, find out if the law firm will work closely with you and review your case individually rather than lumping it in a group with others. Your relationship with your mesothelioma attorney is just as important as the one you have with your doctor. Each of these professionals will play a significant part in your efforts to cope with your disease.

Ask how often you will have close interaction with your attorney. Frequent communication with your attorneys and their staff is the best way for your attorney to fully understand the details of your specific situation. Ask how many cases the law firm accepts each year; you want them to give you individual attention. Ask how they decide what compensation to ask for and what they will do to insure you receive it.

Make sure that any firm you are considering is willing to work on a contingency fee basis. With this type of arrangement they incur all the financial risk. You pay nothing unless the firm recovers compensation for you; fees are a percentage of the recovery. See our Legal Process FAQs. Any attorney doing this kind of litigation should be comfortable working on a contingency basis. But beware of lawyers and law firms who offer to charge a lower fee percentage—you usually get what you pay for.

If you are located in Texas, see our Texas Mesothelioma Attorney page for more information.

Lawsuits that lead to a mesothelioma settlement

Filing a lawsuit that results in a mesothelioma settlement is a complex process. As you go about choosing a mesothelioma attorney, make sure he or she is experienced in both trial work and negotiation. Most cases settle out of court, so an attorney with a strong trial record—and the ability to negotiate effectively—means you are in a better bargaining position throughout the process. HendlerLaw has special experience and training in negotiation from the Harvard Negotiation Project. We take advantage of special strategies and software programs to project trial outcomes and help value cases for settlement, often leading to significantly higher recoveries.

HendlerLaw lawyers have successfully recovered mesothelioma settlements in lawsuits for clients in Texas and throughout the United states, including Arizona, California, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Washington. We accept representation in cases for clients from any state in the country. We have also successfully represented clients with pleural mesothelioma in cases in different cities such as Austin, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

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Choosing a mesothelioma attorney is something you should do soon after you've learned that you have developed mesothelioma. This is a stressful time for you and your family, and that can make it very difficult to think clearly, so it's important to have as much information as possible when you evaluate the skills and legal abilities of any asbestos attorney with asbestos-related cancer lawsuit experience. And it's important to choose a partner you can rely on to help you navigate this process. Refer to our Legal Process FAQs and Your Involvement to help you understand what you will need to prepare for as you face this challenge.

Please contact us if you have questions or need more information. HendlerLaw represents individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Call us 24 hours a day at 800.443.6353 or e-mail us at