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How Do I Choose a Good Lawyer for My Asbestos Case?

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The number of successful asbestos cases handled by a lawyer, as well as their practice experience, can help you form a reliable opinion on whether they are right for you or not.

answered by Jonathan Sharp

Asbestos cases require specialized knowledge and relevant professional experience

When you get diagnosed with a devastating disease such as mesothelioma or lung cancer as a consequence of past asbestos exposure, your first concern will probably be to get effective treatment from the best doctor. However, you should put the same thought and effort in your endeavors when it comes to legal representation, as benefiting from the assistance of a good lawyer is essential if you want to recover compensation for your injury.

Building solid cases and successfully representing asbestos victims require specialized knowledge and a lot of practice experience. Consequently, not any lawyer will be suitable for your case. The number of competent law firms focusing on asbestos litigation is very low.

When it comes to asbestos litigation, a good lawyer should meet the following criteria:

  • They must exclusively handle asbestos exposure cases. Toxic tort litigation, an area of practice which focuses on recovering compensation for people who were unjustly exposed to hazardous substances - including asbestos - requires outstanding skills, vast knowledge and great dedication. For this reason, only attorneys who focus exclusively on asbestos cases will be able to efficiently help you. Ever since 1990, when our law firm was founded, we have been relentlessly dedicating our time to recovering just compensation for people who developed severe illnesses as a result of occupational asbestos exposure. So far, we have successfully assisted and represented over 25,000 victims of toxic exposure.
  • Relevant professional experience. In addition to a focus on asbestos litigation, a reliable lawyer should have also successfully carried out a significant number of cases. Professional experience represents another important aspect you need to take into consideration when choosing the attorney who is going to take over your case. The more asbestos victims they have helped, the higher your chances of recovering financial compensation with their aid are. The majority of the attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. have a professional experience of over 20 years and have recovered an impressive amount of $1.4 billion for their clients.
  • A well-trained legal team. As previously mentioned, asbestos cases are incredibly complex and require the collaboration of a professional legal team. While the lawyer representing you must be highly skilled and experienced, their legal team must be equally prepared for handling your asbestos case. Our legal team includes toxicologists, industrial hygienists, paralegals and legal assistants with solid educational background and relevant professional experience. A well-trained legal team is vital for the outcome of your case and will also speed up the process so that you will be compensated in the shortest time possible.

The process of filing and submitting an asbestos claim is very easy to navigate with the assistance of a legal team. After we gather all the relevant information from you, we will strive to recover the maximum compensation available by filing your claim with multiple asbestos trust funds, if possible. Additionally, extensive research will be conducted in order to discover other details which might ensure the success of your case. Your chances of receiving proper compensation are very high, since our law firm is renowned for having resolved numerous asbestos cases.

Whether you would like to find out additional information about the process or have already decided to take legal recourse, feel free to contact our office at 205.328.9200. We will promptly answer all your questions and our highly qualified lawyers will help you recover just compensation for your injury.

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