When my husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma, we were advised to contact a lawyer that specializes in that field to protect our rights. Mesothelioma is a cancer in the sac lining the chest or abdomen. It is caused by breathing in asbestos dust and particles. This usually occured at the work place (mostly construction sites). The mesothelioma patient may be entitled to compensations from the business or businesses responsible for the asbestos. Because the victim’s rights vary according to where they live, where the exposure to asbestos occurred, and what companies are responsible, it is important to contact an attorney that has experience in this field. The attorney will be able to inform you about what recourses are available and if the patient is entitled to any financial compensation. We had no idea how to go about choosing an attorney. I checked first on the web site of the Texas Bar. There was very good and easy to understand information on how to choose a lawyer and how to prepare for your first visit. The most important thing is to contact an attorney that specializes in mesothelioma. The web site http://texasmesotheliomahelpcenter.com/Mesothelioma_Lawyer.php was especially helpful. There is a huge amount of information about the disease and the legal aspects that come with it. They, also have a free referral service to connect you with a mesothelioma attorney in whichever state you reside. There is a form on the site to fill out or you can call them toll free. You can usually expect a response back within 1-2 business days. I would suggest you become informed about this terrible disease and your legal rights. Make sure you receive the information from reliable sources. The best way is to work closely with your physician and a mesothelioma attorney.