QUESTION #1: What experience does your law firm have handling asbestos-mesothelioma lawsuits and other asbestos disease legal claims?
ANSWER: Attorney Tom Lamb has been representing North Carolina workers in asbestos lawsuits involving asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, as well as the surviving family of workers who died as a result of those asbestos-related diseases, since the early 1990′s.
Given our many years of experience handling North Carolina asbestos lawsuits — both personal injury and wrongful death claims — we know that mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, and asbestosis cases deserve special attention.
Whether one has just been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or recently lost a spouse or parent to lung cancer, asbestos claims have a personal aspect which must be appreciated and respected by the attorney handling the case. At our law firm, we do not underestimate or lose sight of the trust which is being placed in us by our clients when they select us to represent them for their North Carolina asbestos claim.
We will handle your asbestos case not only competently and professionally, but with genuine care and understanding. Any inquiries from our clients are responded to promptly, and telephone calls are always returned without delay.
QUESTION #2: How do you let people know about your initial impressions of a possible case submitted for review, presuming those people are in the process of looking for an attorney to handle their case?
ANSWER: Attorney Tom Lamb always responds directly to each Case Evaluation Form submitted online by a potential client. You will usually get a reply from Mr. Lamb no later than the nest business day to any Case Evaluation form you submit.
In the alternative, you can call us on our toll-free number, 800-426-9535, to dis a possible case with us.
When he is available, Mr. Lamb speaks directly with people calling our office concerning their possible asbestos case, and he does that the first time they call in — whereas these callers may get no futher than speaking with an office assistant, who will conduct the scripted “case intake”, when they call other law firms concerning their possible case.
QUESTION #3: If you accept my case for further investigation because it has some prospects based upon the basic and limited information submitted at the start, what does your firm do after that?
ANSWER: Our investigation would begin with you completing, at your convenience, our case specific Questionnaire — which we could send to you in a PDF format that can be completed on your computer and returned to us by email, or send a printed Questionnaire by regular mail with a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Following our receipt and review of the completed Questionnaire, Mr. Lamb would be in touch with you to give his further impressions about this possible case based on this new information.
If the information indicated that the prospects were good for getting you legal compensation, we would prepare medical records authorization forms for your signature so that we could collect the relevant medical records. At that time, also, we would send to you our Contract of Representation for your case for you to sign and return to us if you decide to retain our firm to work on your behalf.
QUESTION #4: Can you give me a one-sentence explanation of the Contract terms about how and when I pay your firm for its legal services? Do I have to spend any money up-front?
ANSWER: We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that there is no payment for our legal services until (if and when) we are successful in getting legal compensation for you.
QUESTION #5: Why is it that some other lawyers want me to quickly sign a Contract, before they even know much about me or my possible case?
ANSWER: You can only sign a Contract with one law firm to handle your case, and you should want to know about, as well as be comfortable with, the lawyer you will be hiring to work on your behalf.
At our firm the timing of when we send our Contract of Representation is guided by the mutually beneficial ideas that a potential client should take time to get to know more about us (or any law firm) and we need to do some work in order to learn more about their case before we commit to one another.
Beware of this common tactic: Some lawyers (and their legal assistants or paralegals) will want you to sign their Contract the very next day after you contacted them, and try to give you the impression it is in your best interest to do so. Why is that, you may wonder? Because the “first-to-get-their-Contract-to-you” law firm (selfishly) wants your case “locked-up” even before they know much about it. Put otherwise, they know (and as you may not understand at that time) that once you have signed their Contract, no other lawyer or law firm is able to speak with you (pursuant to state bar / legal ethics rules) about the several options you have regarding the handling of your asbestos case. While this tactic probably benefits the eager or pushy lawyer’s law firm…. It is not in the client’s best interest to be rushed when deciding what law firm is right to handle your case.
QUESTION #6: How does your law firm keep clients in-the-know about what is going on with their case in terms of your investigation, to start, and going forward from there?
ANSWER: First and foremost, each time a client sends us any information or materials pertaining to their case we will send an “acknowledgment” email to them, or give them a phone call, to serve as a confirmation of receipt.
For example: “I have received the copies of medical records which you sent to me for review. Thank you for obtaining these records. If we have any questions or need clarification regarding the information contained in these medical records, we will get in touch with you. Otherwise, you can expect to hear from us in the near future as regards my impressions and our plan of action for this possible case.”
As the case goes from the investigation stage to a filed lawsuit, and moving toward trial or settlement, we will report to you the significant developments concerning your case, and will consistently do so in a timely manner.
When you have any concern or question about your case, either Mr. Lamb or the paralegal assigned to your case will be available to respond, depending on the nature of your inquiry. And you should never hesitate to contact us, because we fully understand that we work for our clients — and a very important part of our job is to make sure that you know and understand the current status of your asbestos case.
QUESTION #7: Can you give me a one-sentence professional description of attorney Tom Lamb?
ANSWER: Mr. Lamb received his law degree from George Washington University in 1988, after getting his undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary, and currently has an AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Directory, which describes their AV® certification mark as “a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.”
Bottom line: Tom Lamb is a Wilmington, North Carolina plaintiffs lawyer with more than 20 years of experience handling asbestos cases statewide including asbestos – mesothelioma lawsuits and NC workers comp claims involving asbestos lung cancer and asbestos-related diseases like asbestosis.