Mesothelioma patients often worry that filing a lawsuit will cost many thousands of dollars and may avoid taking legal action as a result of this fear.
We handle all mesothelioma lawsuits on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay nothing at all up front and that we absorb all of the costs needed to file and handle your case through completion. Only if and when we achieve a successful result for you do we get paid through a contingency fee. The contingency fee is an agreed-upon percentage of the total amount that we get the asbestos companies to pay through a settlement, verdict or bankruptcy trust claim. This allows anyone to pursue justice from the companies responsible for their asbestos exposure, regardless of their financial situation.
Working on your case this way, we will conduct all legal proceedings and pay all legal costs during your trial. We will pay litigation costs, filing fees, expert witness costs and so on until your case is over. If we are successful in obtaining compensation for you, then we will be paid a percentage of the final amount plus all fees and expenses incurred during the process.
Leveling the playing field
The use of contingency fees have a respected history of giving individuals the ability to even the odds against big companies who have caused major injustices to their employees, consumers or the unknowing public. These companies retain powerful legal teams, and without the use of contingency fees, most people would find it impossible to pursue legal action.
Over 40 years ago, Judge Michael Musmanno of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, who served as a judge in the Nuremberg trials, wrote about how contingency fees are imperative in protecting victims from the wealthy and powerful.
If it were not for contingent fees, indigent victims of tortuous accidents would be subject to the unbridled, self-willed partisanship of their tortfeasors. The person who has, without fault on his part, been injured and who, because of his injury, is unable to work, and has a large family to support, and has no money to engage a lawyer, would be at the mercy of the person who disabled him because, being in a superior economic position, the injuring person could force on his victim, desperately in need of money to keep the candle of life burning in himself and his dependent ones, a wholly unconscionably meager sum in settlement, or even refuse to pay him anything at all. Any society, and especially a democratic one, worthy of respect in the spectrum of civilization, should never tolerate such a victimization of the weak by the mighty.
Today contingency fees are an important way to uphold justice for every individual, regardless of social and financial status. We take pride in representing clients on a contingency fee basis.