Should I file a case now or can I delay?
It is critical to move forward with a mesothelioma case as soon as possible. Every state has what is known as a “statute of limitations”, or the maximum amount of time someone can bring a claim regarding an injury. For some states, or in the case of special defendants such as governments or government agencies, the time to bring a claim can be as short as 1 year. The time period can start depending on the state, but typically it begins as soon as you knew or should have known you had mesothelioma which was caused by prior asbestos exposure.
If you do not file a claim before the statute of limitations expire, you will be unable to file a claim at all and will not be able to recover damages for you or your family. Investigations into your work history and which companies or corporations exposed you to asbestos take time, so you should try to find and select a mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible.
How is the law firm paid for their work on my case?
Unlike legal work you may have used in the past, Levin Simes Abrams does not bill by the hour, rather we represent our clients under what is known as a contingency fee arrangement. A contingency fee means we take on the case and front all filing fees and expenses in exchange for a portion of any settlement or verdict. For almost all our clients, they were never expecting this day to come and rightfully have not set aside money to hire and pay an attorney to help with a situation they never could have anticipated.
Our contingency arrangement promotes mutuality, the more we recover for our clients in the shortest amount of time possible, the better it is for our law firm and most importantly for the clients we have the privilege to represent. Most importantly, Levin Simes Abrams only collects attorneys’ fees and is reimbursed costs when we recover for you. This gives the peace of mind that you will never be out a dollar from your own pocket as we work to make things better for you and your family.
How long does a mesothelioma case take?
Each case is unique and the amount of time it takes to resolve your case depends on many factors. Certain judges may expedite your case to give you priority. A case may be brought against multiple defendants. Additionally, there may be settlement opportunities via compensation trust funds that have been established as a result of asbestos companies reorganization under bankruptcy. Currently there are over thirty trust funds with initial funding over $30 billion dollars, making these funds often times a significant source of compensation for our clients.
Every case is different, but judges typically expedite cases involving those with mesothelioma and cases can proceed from initial filing to trial in less than 1 year. It is also typical for cases to take 2 or more years to fully resolve in some cases. We work diligently to advance the process as quickly as possible. We never lose sight of the fact that the sooner you and your family see meaningful settlement dollars, the faster you can use these funds to take care of the things that matter most; your health and your family’s financial security.
Can I settle out of court?
Yes, in fact many cases reach successful settlement without the need for a trial. Additionally, over thirty defendants have established trust funds via the US bankruptcy Court which have assets exceeding $30 billion dollars in initial funding. We will work vigorously to make sure all avenues for compensation are explored and fully pursued.
The attorneys at Levin Simes Abrams have the experience, resources and track record to force defendants, as necessary, to do right by our clients. We are not afraid of the courtroom when necessary to make sure that our clients interests are fully protected, and have won the largest verdict in California history for a single mesothelioma client. With our team of talented and accomplished lawyers and the devoted team members we will be with you every step of the way.
We encourage you to explore our results section to see for yourself how we have consistently made things better for the people we have the privilege to represent.
I have mesothelioma and I’m not sure how I was exposed to asbestos. What now?
Mesothelioma is a signature asbestos related disease, meaning that if you are diagnosed with mesothelioma you have been exposed to asbestos in your lifetime. Asbestos was widely used in a variety of different products and industries for the better part of the twentieth century. Asbestos fibers are microscopic, meaning that people were unknowingly in contact with asbestos, oftentimes for decades. As a result, many people diagnosed with mesothelioma are faced with the often frustrating task of determining how they could have been exposed to asbestos.
We have the experience, resources and knowledge to navigate this questions with you: leaving no stone unturned along the way and in doing so will ensure that every company that could have been responsible for your diagnosis is held accountable.
What is expected of me if I decide to bring a case?
There is no need to be apprehensive about what might be expected of you, but it is understandable if you are. Your health and quality of life are our first priority. Levin Simes Abrams will do all in our power to make the legal process as easy as possible for you. For example, we will come to meet with you in the comfort of your own home. Your schedule determines ours; we work around your doctors’ appointments and treatment schedule. Nicely, much of the paperwork can be handled by mail or electronically.
If and when your case is filed, you might be asked to give a deposition to memorialize your testimony; should this be necessary, we can usually do this in the comfort of your own home or another convenient location.
How can I contact mesothelioma lawyers at Levin Simes Abrams?