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A mesothelioma diagnosis often leaves a patient with a lot of questions about the future. Often patients want to know about a mesothelioma prognosis, mesothelioma treatment, and how the condition will affect their families. Understandably, patients with malignant mesothelioma do not want to leave their families burdened with medical bills and loss of income.
Accordingly, many people diagnosed with mesothelioma seek the advice of an experienced mesothelioma attorney. Potential clients often meet with a lawyer with the hope that the lawyer can help provide security and stability for their family during a difficult emotional and financial time.
In many cases, mesothelioma lawyers can help their clients achieve financial security and stability, without adding to the financial burden of the family.
Many mesothelioma lawyers are not paid until a settlement or jury verdict is recovered for their client. In other words, the lawyer does not get paid unless the client recovers money.
Typically, the lawyer is paid a percentage of the final settlement or jury verdict. That percentage is agreed to in a written fee agreement when the client retains the attorney to begin work on the case. When you review a contingency fee agreement with your mesothelioma lawyer, it is important to look both at the percentage of your recovery that your lawyer will earn and at how the costs of litigation will be paid. Some lawyers request that litigation costs such as expenses related to the investigation, expert witness fees, and court costs be paid as the case progresses while other lawyers only recover these expenses when a case settles or a verdict is reached.
Hiring a mesothelioma lawyer should bring a financial benefit to your family rather than an added expense. Talk to your lawyer about how he or she will be paid and about how a mesothelioma attorney can help your family.