Mesothelioma Settlements

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Mesothelioma settlements are payouts made by companies facing lawsuits from people with asbestos-related diseases. The average settlement for mesothelioma is between $1 million and $1.4 million. A mesothelioma settlement often awards financial compensation quickly and is less risky when compared to a trial. Learn how you can pursue a settlement now.

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What Is a Mesothelioma Settlement?

Settlements are the most common outcome of a mesothelioma personal injury lawsuit. Through a settlement, manufacturers of asbestos-based products agree to pay the patient or their surviving family members. In return, the legal action stops.

Mesothelioma patients can use the money from a settlement to pay for anything. This includes medical bills, living expenses, or even vacations.

Furthermore, the asbestos lawsuit settlement process does not impact a person’s ability to file for benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This means veterans with mesothelioma can get compensation both from the VA and from settlements.

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Any veteran who has mesothelioma as a result of their exposure to asbestos while serving in the military is entitled to VA compensation. Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of their service in the military are likely to receive a benefit of $3,500 of monthly income, tax-free to the veteran. In addition to VA benefits, there are other types of compensation that are available to veterans who have been exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma. We encourage veterans to call and find out how we can help them.

An experienced mesothelioma lawyer can help veterans pursue an asbestos settlement and get the money they deserve.

Average Mesothelioma Settlement Amounts

The average mesothelioma settlement is usually $1 million to $1.4 million, according to Mealey’s® litigation report.

A mesothelioma patient may receive more or less than this average depending on the individual factors in their case.

Factors Affecting Mesothelioma Settlement Amounts

A mesothelioma settlement offer may depend on:

  • Asbestos Exposure

    Arguably, the most important factor that affects a settlement is your asbestos exposure history. This links your cancer to certain products and the companies that made them so you can pursue legal action and settlements. A mesothelioma law firm can look at your military and work history to see when and where your exposure likely occurred.

  • Diagnosis

    What asbestos-related illness you have can affect your settlement payout. Cancers like mesothelioma and lung cancer may award more than non-cancerous illnesses like asbestosis.

  • Expenses

    Your lawyer will try to get the most money possible from a settlement. They’ll want to make sure you have money to cover your medical expenses, lost wages if you or your loved ones can’t work, and pain and suffering.

  • Number of defendants

    Your case may be filed against many different defendants (asbestos companies), depending on which asbestos-based products you were exposed to. In fact, mesothelioma lawsuits are typically filed against dozens of defendants. Having more defendants can potentially increase your overall settlement payout.

  • Statutes of limitations

    These are laws set by each state that limit the amount of time you have to pursue asbestos litigation. You won’t be able to file a claim or reach any type of settlement if you wait too long. A lawyer can help you file your case before this time frame passes.

Recent Mesothelioma Settlements

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Mesothelioma Settlements vs. Trial Verdicts

Settlements are often awarded through negotiations between the plaintiff (the mesothelioma victim) and defendants (asbestos companies) in a lawsuit.

The case goes to trial if a settlement cannot be reached. A judge and or jury then reviews the case and decides if the plaintiff should get mesothelioma compensation or not.

While mesothelioma trial verdicts may award more compensation if a plaintiff wins, they are very rare due to the high risks associated with them.

More than 95% of mesothelioma lawsuits reach settlements
More than 95% of mesothelioma lawsuits reach settlements.

Benefits of Settling a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

There are many benefits of settling a mesothelioma lawsuit.

  • Effectiveness: Remember, settlements can award $1 million or more — life-changing money for you and your family members. You can use settlement payouts for anything once you receive them, including medical bills, household expenses, and much more.
  • Security: Your attorneys can negotiate a set amount you’ll receive through a settlement. By contrast, there’s no way to know how much compensation (if any) you’ll get from a mesothelioma trial.
  • Speed: Settling a mesothelioma lawsuit is faster than taking the case all the way through to a trial. Some people may start getting money in 90 days or less through settlements.

A skilled mesothelioma attorney can determine if a settlement or a trial is better for your case. It’s likely that settling will be the best option, but your attorneys can prepare the case for a trial if one is needed.

Why Defendants Want to Reach Mesothelioma Settlements

It’s very unlikely that defendants will want a mesothelioma lawsuit to go to trial.

Defendants don’t have to risk paying punitive damages in an asbestos settlement. These are extra payments for the plaintiff awarded to punish the defendants in a trial setting. Taking a case to trial is also more expensive than reaching a settlement.

Most settlements occur before a trial, but some occur mid-trial or after a mesothelioma verdict has been rendered. An attorney can keep you updated and let you know if a defendant has agreed to a settlement.

Process to Reach a Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlement

1. Gather Evidence and Prepare the Claim

An experienced mesothelioma attorney gathers information about your asbestos exposure and cancer diagnosis.

This may include:

  • Military service records and civilian work history
  • Medical records that confirm the mesothelioma diagnosis
  • Corporate documents from the makers of asbestos-based products

Lawyers will then build a case that explains how you got sick from asbestos exposure and why the defendants are to blame.

If your lawyers discover that a company they want to sue is bankrupt, they may recommend filing an asbestos trust fund claim. Bankrupt asbestos companies can’t be sued but have set aside money in trusts to pay those who were harmed.

2. File the Claim

The next step in the legal process is to file the asbestos claim in the court system. You won’t have to file the claim yourself — your legal team will do it on your behalf.

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Our team can connect you with lawyers who can pursue settlements on your behalf. Start the process now by connecting with a mesothelioma lawyer.

Remember, filing a legal claim does not affect your ability to pursue VA benefits if you’re a veteran.

Once the claim has been filed, the defendants get a chance to review it and can either accept or deny it. Generally, they will try to deny responsibility at first.

3. Discovery Phase

If the defendants deny the claim, another round of evidence collection, known as discovery, starts.

During this process, each side may request documents from each other to strengthen their arguments. Depositions (written, in-person, or virtual interviews) may also take place during this stage. A lawyer can help you prepare for this type of questioning if needed.

4. Settlement Negotiation

If your case is strong, the defendants will often agree to enter settlement negotiations instead of going to trial.

A good mesothelioma lawyer will then try to get the most amount of money possible on your behalf. They will use the facts of the case to ensure that a fair settlement is reached.

Mesothelioma lawsuit settlements are almost always reached during this process, but some settlement negotiations may fail. The lawsuit may proceed to a trial in these cases.

Pursue Mesothelioma Settlements With Legal Help

It’s helpful to work with an experienced lawyer to reach a mesothelioma settlement. Mesothelioma and asbestos attorneys can make the legal process much easier for you and your family.

Remember, top mesothelioma lawyers:

  • Build strong cases on your behalf
  • Help you understand your legal options
  • File your claim
  • Negotiate asbestos settlements for you

Get a free case review right now to connect with skilled lawyers and pursue a mesothelioma settlement.

Common Questions About Mesothelioma Settlements

Are mesothelioma settlements taxable income?

A mesothelioma settlement may or may not be subject to state and federal taxes. A lawyer can see if a settlement will be taxed or not in your case.

Who gets money in a mesothelioma wrongful death settlement?

You may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if a loved one died from mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease. You and the victim’s other family members or loved ones can then recover money from a settlement or successful trial verdict.

What are mesothelioma class-action settlements?

Class-action lawsuits are filed by large groups of people.The settlement amount would be divided between all those named in the suit in these cases.

Most mesothelioma lawsuits today are not filed as class-action. Clients can often receive more money through an individual settlement than a class-action settlement.

How long does it take to reach a mesothelioma settlement?

Asbestos lawsuit settlements can happen anytime after the claim is filed. The first settlement payments from a lawsuit could arrive in 90 days or less.

Mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers can help clients and their families get a strong mesothelioma settlement in the shortest amount of time possible. Reach out to our team at (877) 450-8973 to start the process.

What is needed to reach a mesothelioma settlement?

You’ll need a skilled mesothelioma lawyer to reach a settlement. Mesothelioma and asbestos attorneys who have successfully handled past mesothelioma cases can file a lawsuit on your behalf and negotiate strong settlements.

It’s very hard (if not impossible) to get a settlement without legal help. Connect with an asbestos attorney today.

What is the average settlement for an asbestos claim?

Settlement values for asbestos cases can vary greatly depending on the type of disease a person has, how serious it is, and other factors.

Plaintiffs receive $1 million to $1.4 million on average if they developed mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure.

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Mesothelioma Lawyer and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

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Brian J. Cooke is a mesothelioma attorney with Simmons Hanly Conroy and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Thanks in part to his military service, Brian is in tune with many of the issues that veterans with mesothelioma face. Brian and his team work tirelessly to secure compensation for those with this rare and deadly cancer.

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Christopher Dryfoos is a journalist and member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA). As the grandson of the U.S. Navy’s first forensic pathologist, he aims to help veterans with mesothelioma access needed care.

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