Mesothelioma Settlement

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Sokolove Law helps victims and families affected by asbestos-related diseases seek justice through mesothelioma settlements or verdicts. Both are legal options in which victims and their families may receive compensation to help cover costs associated with the disease and hold manufacturers of asbestos-containing products accountable.

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlement

After diagnosis, a mesothelioma victim can pursue legal action and financial compensation through a settlement or a verdict.

These outcomes are the result of filing a mesothelioma lawsuit.

Dennis R., Mesothelioma Victim
Dennis R., Mesothelioma Victim

“The settlements that I received for mesothelioma were all really made possible by Sokolove Law.”

Sokolove Law, a mesothelioma law firm that specializes in asbestos-related cases, can help file a lawsuit against negligent manufacturers of asbestos-containing products.

We have helped victims of mesothelioma and their families navigate the legal process for over 40 years.

Our firm has helped thousands of deserving families receive over $4.6 Billion.

What Determines a Mesothelioma Settlement Amount?

Mesothelioma settlements and verdicts may provide you with varying compensation amounts, however, settlements guarantee compensation, while verdicts introduce a great deal of risk.

Factors that may determine settlement or verdict amounts include:

  • Cost of past and future medical treatments
  • Past and future money lost due to inability to work
  • State where the claim is filed
  • Strength of proof showing defendants’ liability
  • Medical records of the mesothelioma patient
  • The number of asbestos companies involved in the lawsuit
  • Travel costs associated with medical treatments
  • Victim’s exposure and work history
  • Which and how many defendants were identified
  • Amount of asbestos exposure
  • Strength of evidence
  • Experience of your mesothelioma lawyer

Most asbestos lawsuits settle instead of being tried before a jury.

In fact, over 99% of these cases never see the inside of a courtroom. In the rare instances when a case does reach the court, Sokolove Law is fully prepared to take on your asbestos case and go to trial for you.

Average Mesothelioma Settlement Amounts

One of the most common questions people ask during these initial phases is: What is the average settlement amount?

Average mesothelioma settlements have historically been valued at $1 Million to $1.4 Million.

Mesothelioma cases can always be worth more or less than this, and much hinges on the individual details of a particular case.

An average verdict amount can be $2.4 Million. As with settlements, this amount of money can only serve as a ball-park reference. A given case’s verdict amount will vary based largely on the strength of the evidence supplied during a mesothelioma trial.

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Should I Settle My Mesothelioma Claim or Go to Court?

After a mesothelioma complaint has been officially filed against the asbestos-containing product manufacturers (the defendants), they have a limited amount of time to reply.

Typically, the defendant will reject the claim, and both sides will undergo what’s known as the discovery phase. In this phase, the lawyers for both the defendant and the mesothelioma victim (the plaintiff) will provide evidence and counter-evidence to prove or disprove liability.

During this time, you may wonder: Is it better to accept a settlement offer or take the case to court?

Complexities of Trials vs Settlements

The answer to this question will vary from person to person, but given the risk of a trial and the potential for a drawn-out process, many people agree to a settlement.

Still, a number of variables will factor into a person’s decision to accept a settlement or seek a trial outcome.

Reaching a mesothelioma verdict takes much more time than does the settlement process. In fact, the claims process for verdicts often stretches a year or even into several years.

Additionally, with a mesothelioma verdict, the jury’s decision may not be legally binding. This means a defendant — in this case, the asbestos-containing product manufacturer — can appeal a verdict and ask for a new trial. Sokolove Law takes this into consideration when choosing the place to file your asbestos claim.

Because Sokolove Law has had over 40 years’ worth of experience within this specific area of the law, we will help each individual make the best decision for them and their family members.

Notable Sokolove Law Mesothelioma Settlements

Sokolove Law has secured over $4.6 Billion in compensation for victims of asbestos exposure and their loved ones. Read more about a few of our notable settlements below.

$10.5 Million Settlement for Pipefitter

This $10.5 Million settlement involved many different companies, all of whom contributed to this pipefitter’s exposure to asbestos.

The man developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos products as a boy, and later, while working as a pipefitter and maintenance man in refineries and foundries.

$6.5 Million Settlement for Manual Laborer

The manual laborer who received this $6.5 Million settlement worked as a gas station attendant, boilermaker, maintenance worker, assembler, and steelworker.

Over 140 companies were named in this lawsuit, including the man’s employers who did not use good safety practices or alternatives to asbestos.

Why Sokolove Law Works on a Contingency Basis

In 1979, when Jim Sokolove founded Sokolove Law, he dedicated his firm to helping men, women, and children in need. He focused on people who were often overlooked by the U.S. court system, especially those fighting against the rich and powerful.

The goal of Jim Sokolove was to make the legal system more accessible to those who have been wronged by corporate negligence, and these founding principles hold true to this day. We work hard to ensure all clients have equal access to the court system, regardless of their background.

Because we work on what is known as a contingency basis, you do not have to pay anything to file a mesothelioma claim with us.

Only when a case is successful — meaning it has reached a settlement or verdict — does our firm collect a fee. If a case is not awarded mesothelioma compensation, our firm does not collect any fee.

Working this way aligns both the client’s and the firm’s goals so that reaching a favorable settlement or verdict is the main focus of any case.

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Mesothelioma Legal Settlements with Sokolove Law

Whether you choose to pursue a settlement or a trial verdict, Sokolove Law will back you 100%.

Mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases are never the fault of the person who has been diagnosed. Manufacturers of asbestos-containing products concealed their knowledge of asbestos’ danger for decades, knowingly exposing their workers and the public to a lethal carcinogen.

Sokolove Law has worked for over 40 years, honing our skills and fine-tuning our knowledge of asbestos litigation. In that time, our personal injury firm has helped secure over $4.6 Billion for thousands of individuals harmed by asbestos.

If you have received a mesothelioma diagnosis, you may be eligible to receive compensation through a settlement or verdict.

Let us determine if you are eligible for compensation — start a free case review now.

Author:Ricky A. LeBlanc
Ricky A. LeBlanc

Managing Attorney Sokolove Law

Ricky A. LeBlanc is the Managing Attorney at Sokolove Law. As Managing Attorney, Ricky is responsible for all communications with prospective clients and, along with his team of paralegals and case managers, review all potential cases.

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