Common Questions

Q. How much will it cost me for you to investigate my mesothelioma claim?
A. There is never an out-of-pocket cost to you for any of our services, including the preliminary investigation of your potential mesothelioma claim. If you later decide to retain us as your attorneys we will work for you on a contingency fee basis. This means we are paid only if we win a judgment or negotiate a settlement on your behalf.
Q. How much will it cost me for you to represent me?
A. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we are paid only if you recover a monetary award or settlement. Our fees and expenses will then be deducted from this final amount.
Q. What is a contingency fee?
A. A law firm that works on a contingency fee basis does not charge by the hour. Instead, a percentage of the money awarded to you will go to this office and the rest will go to you. Most attorneys in mesothelioma cases operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that we take all of the financial risks involved in the lawsuit. If we do not recover a settlement for you, you will not be responsible for any fees or expenses.
Q. I don't live in California, New York or Texas where you have offices. Can you still help me?
A. Yes. For straightforward legal assistance, such as drafting a will or transferring property, it makes sense to contact a local attorney. However, for complex issues - such as mesothelioma litigation – it is best to seek a law firm with the appropriate expertise either in-state or out-of-state. The Lanier Law Firm has successfully represented clients in all 50 states. Physical distance will never hinder our representation. All of our clients receive personalized attention and quick responses to their questions, regardless of where they live in the United States. Common Questions Nationwide Also, the place where a client resides is very often not the best place to file the lawsuit. This decision can only be answered facts. Many individuals have worked all over the country or served in the Navy in various areas, which allows us to choose a jurisdiction that is most favorable to your claim.
Q. How large of a settlement can I expect?
A. The value of your potential claim depends on many factors, such as your exposure history, age, current and projected amount of your medical expenses, the expected loss of earnings, the evidence that supports your claim, and the financial resources of the responsible parties. In other words, it really is not possible to answer this question without knowing a lot about your potential mesothelioma claim, and you should be suspicious of any lawyer that guarantees you a specific amount or range on your first meeting. Nevertheless, you can review our Verdicts and Settlements page, which demonstrates what we have accomplished for clients in the past. Again, the amount recovered for a particular client will depends on the individual facts of the case.
Q. Can I wait and think about it?
A. This depends on the legal deadlines, called statutes of limitations, which will apply to your case. These statutes vary from state to state and depend upon the kind of legal claim you wish to pursue. It is in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as you are diagnosed because once your statute has expired or "run," you are forever barred from pursuing your mesothelioma claim.

Also, in mesothelioma cases, it is essential to find out where the mesothelioma client worked and what products they were exposed to. This is important because identification of different products helps us determine which manufacturers to seek recovery from. Because we realize that the main concern is a patient's medical care and quality of life, it is our first priority to not inconvenience with medical treatment. Nevertheless, the sooner we can begin the process, the sooner we can obtain compensation for the patient and his or her family.
Q. What is the first step if I decide to pursue a lawsuit?
A. Consult a lawyer! If you choose to contact our office, you may call toll-free at 1-844-524-7778. A Client Specialist will do their best to answer your questions and, if you would like, an attorney will contact you immediately for a preliminary case review.

We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we are paid only if you recover a monetary award or settlement.

Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm discusses the relationship between your health & your legal rights.