Contact an attorney as soon as you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma. It is important to understand that all mesothelioma attorneys take cases on a contingent fee basis. This means that they will cover all the expenses involved in the case in exchange for a fraction of the settlement. This typically includes their time as well as travel and other expenses. Basically, the lawsuit will cost you nothing unless it is successful and you receive compensation. Due to the unique circumstances of mesothelioma, many courts have been set up to give preference to those living in order to provide for treatment and other expenses. This means you can reasonably expect your case to be completed within one year.