When someone with mesothelioma approaches our office, the first contact is often with our intake department. This starts an information-gathering process. We ask them to provide us with essential information about themselves, their family members, their work history, their exposure to asbestos, and their medical history. We also obtain releases so that we can order employment and medical records.
Usually one of our investigators interviews a potential client, and one of the attorneys will call or visit.
As soon as we have sufficient information, we decide if we can recommend filing suit and if our firm can represent this person.
We accept a case if we think there is a reasonable chance of a successful outcome. We need to be confident that we can establish the diagnosis, and that there are defendants who are responsible.
We usually file our cases in California, but not every person has a case that can be properly filed in California. If we conclude, after reviewing all the facts, that a case should be filed in another state, we call upon the most appropriate attorney in our long-established network of attorneys in different states with whom we have worked before. We make a recommendation to the potential client that we associate with an attorney who practices in the most appropriate jurisdiction for the case. It is very important to file an asbestos case in the right jurisdiction and we believe that this decision should be made at the beginning of the process rather than mid-stream.
When we take on new clients, both parties sign a retainer agreement. This is a contract between the clients and Kazan Law, and sets out the details of our representation, the contingency fee structure, and so on. An attorney from our office meets with the client to go over these matters in detail. (Read more about contingency fees.)