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Posted on November 07th, 2018
In recent years, there have been unrelenting commercials advertising the services of law firms claiming that they represent mesothelioma victims thereby prompting people to contact them to receive their compensation. Looking at the hoard of television and other media advertisements, one may easily perceive mesothelioma to be the No. 1 cancer risk in the United States, but actually, only 3000 new mesothelioma cases get diagnosed in a year making it a fairly uncommon disease. Some of the advertisements do make people feel that there are hundreds and thousands of law firms representing mesothelioma cases across the United States. Such commercials are often misleading and lead to false assumptions among citizens.
As a consumer, you might wonder how true these commercials are and whether the lawyers behind them are trustworthy and possess special knowledge and skills in their respective field of expertise. Most mesothelioma commercials come from large national law firms that either specialize in all types of personal injury cases or specifically in asbestos cases. Although you can trust the message, you should always research specific lawyers and law firms. Reputable and professional law firms will be able to prove that they have a record of winning their cases and achieving compensation. Check for background information and past rates of success with previous asbestos claims.
The reason behind the false promises made by television commercials is as upsetting as the Ads themselves. The referral fee is the actual motive for these advertisers, who are in fact advertising agencies or law firms that are ultimately going to refer you to a lawyer who actually practices asbestos and mesothelioma litigations. A referral fee is going to be a percentage of the fee the practicing lawyer earns with your case. While mesothelioma cases are usually worth a considerable amount of compensation, a few lawyers try exploiting this for their own financial benefit.
The advertisements may prove to be beneficial for advertising law firms by driving in more traffic, but not to the mesothelioma victims and their families. They need to be careful in choosing a mesothelioma lawyer because, in reality, mesothelioma litigation requires highly knowledgeable attorneys with vast legal experience.
There are quite a few genuine mesothelioma law firms across the United States that work out of compassion for the mesothelioma victims. Nowadays, a fairly large number of law firms have mushroomed just for the sake of huge returns these types of cases can fetch. But, in reality, fighting a mesothelioma case is challenging and needs proper education and practical knowledge. Therefore, there are not many attorneys experienced in asbestos litigations with a successful track record of representing a good number of clients. For this reason, you need to be careful while choosing an attorney and select the one that will offer personal service to you and walk you through the legal process. Sometimes, attorneys do offer support services and medical referral assistance apart from legal representation.
Reality: You can find hundreds of personal injury attorney advertisements on television and websites, but not all mesothelioma law firms' commercials are trustworthy. Actually, in most cases, the group never handled mesothelioma litigation and in fact, would not have an idea from where to begin. They are likely to find a lawyer in your state to represent your case, but it will remain unknown whether the lawyer they refer you will be good enough to get you your compensation. Of course, when you call the toll-free number from television advertisements, you might be surprised to receive the answers to your questions at once but those may not just work right for you! Though calling the telephone number displayed in the television ads looks simple, it is worth to put in efforts to find a legitimate mesothelioma lawyer as they will have a special interest in your case. Remember, choosing an experienced mesothelioma lawyer is as significant as choosing a doctor to treat your illness and requires extensive research.
Reality: Again, beware of false promises! Not all mesothelioma cases end up with million-dollar settlements and each case is unique. Moreover, the compensation each person gets will be decided depending on various factors, such as:
Your lawyer should be able to explain in detail the strengths as well as the weaknesses of your case and he should be honest regarding your prospective compensation. Reputable firms will always be ready to provide you with reliable proof of their experience in helping asbestos victims, for instance, the number of victims they have helped so far. Whether they advertise themselves or not, they would have a website with clear contact information, along with their services and their approach detailed.