Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I know I if I have a case?

A. First, you must have suffered an injury to your person or property. In the case of an asbestos-related disease, you must have a confirmed diagnosis from a medical physician. Most often, that will involve undergoing a CT exam, chest x-ray and/or Pulmonary Function Test (PFT). Second, you should consider whether your injury was someone else's fault. In some cases, it may be necessary for you to show that the other party was more at fault for the injury than you were.

Q. What if a person dies before bringing a personal injury lawsuit?

A. If a person is injured by the negligence of another, and subsequently dies because of those injuries, that person's heirs (living spouse/children) may typically recover money through a lawsuit known as a wrongful death action. Even if a person with an injury claim dies from unrelated causes, the claim survives in most cases and can be brought by the personal representative of the Estate.

Q. Is there a time limit for me to bring a case in court?
A. Yes. Each state has different time limits, called "statute of limitations" that restrict the amount of time for a person can file a lawsuit. These statutes not only vary by state, but they also vary depending on the type of case or cause of action. It is critical you provide your attorney with the requested information about your case, injury or disease to insure your case is filed within the proper time frame.

Q. How much will it cost to get my case settled?

A. Your initial consultation with a George & Farinas, LLP attorney is entirely free. We will thoroughly investigate your case before advising you of your legal rights at no cost to you. The vast majority of our cases are performed under a contingency fee arrangement. This means that unless money is awarded to you, the lawsuit will cost you no money. There are no financial risks involved when you file a lawsuit with our firm.

Q. What are contingency fees?

A. A contingency fee means you owe no legal fees or expenses until we conclude your case in your favor. If we do not achieve recovery for you, we do not get paid for our legal services. If we are able to achieve recovery for you, then we receive our legal fee as a percentage of your total recovery, and are reimbursed expenses from your portion of the settlement. We believe our clients appreciate the contingent agreement. It allows them to receive the legal assistance they are entitled to, without worry of how they will afford it.

Q. How can contingency fees help me?

A. Our team of Indiana asbestos attorneys takes most cases on a contingency fee basis for two reasons. First, and most obviously, is the freedom it provides you to hire a lawyer without the added stress of flat fees and hourly rates. Many firms earn money by charging for each minute they spend working on the case, which can add up to hundreds of dollars, or more, before you even reach the court house steps.

Second, a contingency fee arrangement benefits you because you hire more than just an attorney, you hire a partner. We fight together with the same interest in mind, to achieve the best result for your case. Contingency fees inevitably provide your lawyer with a greater incentive to succeed at your case and work hard every step of the way. We invest time and quality work on your behalf.

Q. I am not the type of person who wants to sue someone, why should I hire a lawyer?

A. You are not alone. Many of our clients have never hired a lawyer before. Do not feel guilty about wanting to get help with your claim. Not all cases will end up with a lawsuit where you will be required to give a deposition or go to court. In many cases, we attempt to achieve reasonable settlement amounts with the defendants in your case. You have complete control over accepting or rejecting a settlement offer. As your attorneys, we will advise you on what we think your best option is, but you must formally agree to accept a settlement offer before any money is awarded to you.

Q. I was recently diagnosed with an asbestos disease. Can I focus on my medical treatment before filing a lawsuit?

A. Making good decisions about your medical health should be your number one priority. However, it is important to evaluate your legal options as soon as possible, even while you are undergoing treatment. As mentioned above, the law provides for a limited window of opportunity to bring a lawsuit, called a "statute of limitations." I many states, such as Indiana, it is no more than two years from the date of your diagnosis. In some status, such as Kentucky, it is only one year. Also, the sooner you act, the sooner you may receive compensation to assist you with medical bills and other financial difficulties. Finally, if you have been injured yourself, you are the best witness in your case. It is important to preserve your memories in the form of legal testimony about your work history and exposure to asbestos.

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