Mesothelioma Compensation

Mesothelioma compensation is available for victims of asbestos exposure. Compensation for mesothelioma ranges from $1 Million to $11.4 Million on average. For over 45 years, Sokolove Law has helped mesothelioma victims secure compensation from the companies responsible.

As of June 2024, we've recovered over $5 Billion in mesothelioma financial compensation nationwide. Call (800) 647-3434 now for a free case review.

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Compensation for Mesothelioma Patients & Family

Sokolove Law is committed to helping victims of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Those diagnosed with mesothelioma may be eligible to pursue financial compensation. Sokolove Law can help.

Manufacturers of asbestos-containing products chose to use asbestos because it was cheap and profitable. In doing so, they put profits over people and put innocent families at risk.

As a national law firm, Sokolove Law has spent over 45 years helping families receive mesothelioma financial compensation. We’re ready to help you too.

Call Sokolove Law right now at (800) 647-3434 if you've been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease.

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Video Summary: Listen to pleural mesothelioma survivor John discuss his diagnosis and filing a lawsuit with Sokolove Law.

Dee: "The day started out fine. John, we got up, and John, which is unusual for him, just came out of the bedroom and just sat down. And he said I just don't feel good, and I knew something was wrong because John doesn't complain. I said well I think we should probably go to the ER. They found out that there was over 2 liters of fluid on his left lung, and they were amazed that he was even able to breathe period. They did a CAT scan, and that's when he just said you have stage four mesothelioma, John.

John: "I was kind of blank I didn't know what to think. I didn't realize that my job had exposed me to this."

Dee: "We're the Stahls — I'm Dee, and this is my husband John."

John: "My name is John Stahl. I was first exposed to asbestos poisoning through a construction business through sheetrock through gaskets and piping all through my career, and I worked 43 years in construction business. If you don't work, you don't get paid. The first treatment was with chemotherapy, and I went every two weeks. It didn't take long an hour or so, but it'd take me 7 to 10 days to recover. That was hard for me because I'm a pretty active person."

Dee: "Asbestos is poison and it's a prescription for death. Yeah, I don't know. It's not curable, right?"

John: "Well, when I first I didn't really really sink in longer and longer we thought I thought about it, it's going to end my life eventually, but I'm gonna live in as well as I can.

Dee: "It made me mad and sad and to think that these manufacturers could continue knowing that there was asbestos that could hurt people continued to make these products for how many years years and years — and look what it's done to the love of my life. It's heartbreaking. After we got over the shock of the diagnosis and and slept on it that night, the next morning, I said to John, I'm going to call Sokolove Law, the company that I saw on the TV. I contacted them, and they were very compassionate, kind, caring. It was just a great experience."

John: "My kids are going to be taken care of. They're going to be taken care of, so it's a peace of mind knowing that I don't have to worry about them going down the road."

Dee: "I want people out there to realize that there is help, and they can get assistance and get a settlement from these manufacturers that continue to use this and know that it was dangerous for people."

John: "We filed a mesothelioma lawsuit to hold companies accountable. It's important to people who understand that there's help, and there's people there willing to help them go through this process of making these companies liable for what they've caused."

Who Is Eligible for Mesothelioma Compensation?

Eligibility requirements for mesothelioma compensation will vary depending on the type of claim you file.

The most common requirements for mesothelioma compensation are a:

  • Confirmed medical diagnosis of mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease
  • History of asbestos exposure, either at a certain worksite or using specific asbestos-containing products

You may not know how you were exposed to asbestos — but we can work with you to figure that out.

Your asbestos exposure may have occurred through military service or a specific trade or occupation. Some workers unknowingly brought asbestos into their homes on their clothes and hair, exposing others in their household too.

Mesothelioma Compensation for Family Members

Mesothelioma patients aren’t the only ones who may be eligible to receive compensation for their illness.

The mesothelioma victim’s spouse, family member, or estate representative may be able to pursue compensation on their loved one’s behalf through a wrongful death claim.

Wrongful death lawsuits can provide mesothelioma compensation payouts to family members that help cover past-due medical bills and funeral costs — and provide financial security for a spouse or other dependents.

Did You Know?

Surviving family members of U.S. military veterans who passed from mesothelioma may be eligible for VA benefits. These benefits can help pay for funeral and memorial costs or other expenses.

Our Mesothelioma Compensation Amounts

Mesothelioma compensation payouts are influenced by a number of different factors in every case, including:

  • The type of claim you file to pursue compensation
  • The severity of your asbestos-related illness and its effect on your health
  • Medical expenses for treatment
  • Any lost wages from an inability to work
  • The number of asbestos-containing products you were exposed to as well as the number of companies that manufactured those products

When you work with Sokolove Law, you’ll be represented by lawyers who have recovered over $5 Billion for mesothelioma victims and their loved ones all across the United States.

Some of our past mesothelioma settlements and verdicts include:

Notable Lawsuit 1$4 Million Settlement

Occupation: Boiler Worker
State: California

Notable Lawsuit 6$3.7 Million Settlement

Occupation: Construction Worker
State: California

Notable Lawsuit 3$2.9 Million Settlement

Occupation: Auto Mechanic
State: Minnesota

Notable Lawsuit 4$3.4 Million Settlement

Occupation: U.S. Army Veteran and Laborer
State: Colorado

  • $10.5 Million awarded to a pipefitter
  • $1.7 Million secured for a West Virginia truck driver
  • $7 Million secured for a welder
  • $3.5 Million awarded to a roofer in Iowa
  • $5.5 Million awarded to a U.S. Navy veteran and mechanic
  • $6.5 Million to a manual laborer

How to Get Mesothelioma Compensation

While each individual’s circumstances are different, victims who file a mesothelioma compensation claim will typically follow similar steps.

Step 1

Contact Sokolove Law

Securing mesothelioma compensation requires the help of a reputable and experienced mesothelioma lawyer. At Sokolove Law, our network of attorneys will walk with you through each and every step of the legal process.

Top reasons to choose Sokolove Law when pursuing mesothelioma compensation:

  • We have over 45 years of experience successfully handling claims across the country.
  • We are one of the first truly nationwide firms. We have offices and a licensed attorney in nearly every state. This means we can pursue legal claims in the state that helps maximize your potential compensation.
  • Our legal team has access to thousands of resources — from medical experts who work with mesothelioma patients every day to an entire warehouse filled with extensive documentation on asbestos-containing products and manufacturers. If you used a product with asbestos, we more than likely have information on it.
  • We know state-specific asbestos laws and the requirements needed to qualify for each type of mesothelioma compensation.
  • We have helped thousands of mesothelioma victims secure more than $5 Billion and counting in compensation.
We’ll Be By Your Side Every Step of the Way

Sokolove Law can help you pursue every compensation option available to you so that you receive financial compensation as quickly as possible. Call us today at (800) 647-3434 or fill out our form to get started.

Step 2

Let Us Determine Your Eligibility

Eligibility for pursuing compensation begins with a confirmed mesothelioma diagnosis.

If you have an eligible claim, Sokolove Law will start building your case by confirming your diagnosis and determining which asbestos-containing products may have caused your cancer.

Some mesothelioma victims are not healthy enough to call or may have already passed away. In these cases, the estate representative should contact us to determine the next steps. Mesothelioma claims can be filed after a victim’s death, but there are time limits.

Even if you are not the representative of the estate and do not know who has been appointed to serve in this role, we still encourage you to call Sokolove Law with questions and to determine how we may be able to help in your situation.

Contact our law firm to determine the best way for you to pursue compensation.

Step 3

File a Mesothelioma Compensation Claim

Your legal team will then file the mesothelioma claim on your behalf.

The claim will contain details of:

  • Asbestos exposure
  • Medical history
  • Work history
  • Corporate negligence

Remembering specific details of your asbestos exposure can sometimes be difficult. Let Sokolove Law do the legwork.

We will gather personal recollections from you and your family, as well as company evidence, to build a strong case on your behalf.

Types of Compensation for Mesothelioma

All asbestos claims aim to recover financial compensation for mesothelioma victims. This compensation not only helps ensure financial stability. It also holds manufacturers of asbestos-containing products accountable.

There are different types of mesothelioma compensation available for eligible victims. The type of claim filed will differ for each individual victim and/or their family. You may even be able to pursue multiple different routes of mesothelioma compensation.

Victims can pursue mesothelioma compensation through:

  • Asbestos trust fund claims
  • Lawsuit settlements or jury verdicts
  • VA benefits

Get started on your mesothelioma claim today.

Asbestos Trust Funds

Asbestos trust funds are special funds created to pay claims for mesothelioma victims, their families, and those diagnosed in the future.

When the dangers of asbestos became known, thousands began filing asbestos lawsuits. To protect themselves, many manufacturers of asbestos-containing products filed for bankruptcy.

The courts then tried to prevent these companies from getting away unpunished. They ordered the negligent manufacturers to set up asbestos trust funds. An estimated $30 Billion has been set aside for victims.

$30 Billion

Estimated Amount in Asbestos Trust Funds

For asbestos bankruptcy trust claims, your legal team generally needs to prove:

  • You were diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease
  • You were exposed to asbestos while at a specific worksite or while using products containing asbestos
  • The manufacturers responsible for your exposure to asbestos are defunct, have filed for bankruptcy, and have established an asbestos trust fund
  • You were exposed to an asbestos-containing product covered by the trust(s)

Average Payout from Asbestos Trust Funds

In many cases, clients qualify for compensation from multiple mesothelioma funds and can access this money without filing a lawsuit or going to court.

Mesothelioma Settlements

A mesothelioma settlement is one result of a mesothelioma lawsuit. Roughly 99% of the time, these lawsuits will settle out of court before reaching a trial before a jury.

$1M - $1.4M

Average Mesothelioma Settlement Amount

Sokolove Law has helped thousands of victims receive compensation through settlements. Oftentimes, asbestos payouts start within 90 days of first speaking with us.

Mesothelioma Trial Verdict Compensation

A trial verdict is the result of a mesothelioma lawsuit that has been to trial before a jury. Reaching a verdict takes longer than reaching a settlement and comes with more risk.

$5M - $11.4M

Average Mesothelioma Trial Verdict Amount

Because most asbestos cases settle out of court, trial verdicts are rare. It usually requires much more time and money to reach a trial verdict, so the majority of victims choose to settle.

If going to trial is the most helpful for your case, Sokolove Law is equipped and ready to represent you in court and fight on your behalf.

U.S. Veterans (VA) Benefits

Many American veterans have been diagnosed with mesothelioma from asbestos exposure during their service.

Veterans can apply for veterans’ benefits through a claim with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A VA claim allows eligible veterans to receive free health care and monthly payments.


VA Monthly Payment for Mesothelioma, Plus Free Health Care

A veteran’s benefit claim is completely separate from Social Security benefits and lawsuits and does not affect the status of either.

To qualify for VA benefits, you generally need to:

  • Prove you were diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma
  • Show your exposure to asbestos was service-related or happened during your service
  • Contact a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) for more information on receiving VA benefits

Mesothelioma Financial Assistance Is Available

CEO Skoler and Jim Sokolove conversing

Navigating the claims process on your own is extremely difficult and almost always requires the help of a well-established mesothelioma law firm.

Over the past 45 years, Sokolove Law has helped secure over $5 Billion in mesothelioma financial compensation for victims and their families.

Our firm prides itself on helping victims who were wrongly injured by reckless corporate behavior.

To learn if you may be eligible for compensation, start your free case review now.

Mesothelioma Financial Compensation FAQs

How can mesothelioma compensation help?

Mesothelioma and other illnesses linked to asbestos exposure are difficult to treat. For this reason, expenses can add up quickly.

Mesothelioma compensation can help a patient and their family pay for:

  • Costs associated with hiring home help or caretakers
  • Counseling or emotional therapy
  • Everyday living expenses
  • Financial security
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Past and future medical costs
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescriptions and medicine
  • Wages lost to inability to work

Of course, everyone’s situation is different, and this does not serve as an exhaustive list of all possible expenses.

Above all, mesothelioma financial compensation holds negligent manufacturers of asbestos-containing products accountable for putting profits ahead of people for decades.

How long does it take to receive compensation for mesothelioma?

Most mesothelioma cases settle before going to court, allowing clients to receive compensation for their illness sooner. Many of our clients begin to receive compensation in as few as 3-6 months.

If your case goes to court and is heard before a jury, it may take years to reach resolution, which is why most of our clients opt to settle.

How much compensation can you get for mesothelioma?

The amount of compensation a victim may receive will vary based on exposure and the individual facts of the case.

Since mesothelioma case values vary greatly, a full case evaluation is needed to determine the potential outcome. Fill out the form on this page to find out how much your case may be worth.

What is an asbestos claim’s average payout?

Asbestos claim payouts vary based on a number of specific details in your case, like how many different companies were responsible for your asbestos exposure and which of those companies established a bankruptcy trust fund.

With that being said, the median asbestos payout amount from asbestos trust funds is around $300,000 to $400,000. However, this amount varies greatly. Some asbestos compensation claims can pay out as much as $750,000 or more.

Many claimants may qualify for multiple trusts, which a lawyer for mesothelioma claims can help determine. This can help to maximize any potential compensation.

How much is the average asbestos settlement?

For Sokolove Law clients, the average mesothelioma lawsuit settlement is around $1 Million. Settlement amounts vary and can fall outside of this range based on the strength of a case.

Can family members receive mesothelioma compensation after their loved one has died?

A family member’s ability to file a lawsuit usually depends on whether they are named as the estate representative on behalf of the deceased.

If this is the case, we can help eligible family members file a wrongful death lawsuit to receive mesothelioma compensation after the death of their loved one.

Is there a time limit on getting asbestos compensation?

Yes — this deadline is called the statute of limitations. Once this deadline passes, you won’t be able to pursue mesothelioma financial compensation. Ever.

Because the statute of limitations varies from state to state, it’s imperative to reach out to a law firm as soon as possible.

Can I get compensation for asbestosis or other asbestos-related diseases?

If you or your loved one were diagnosed with asbestosis or another asbestos-related illness (like lung cancer), you may be entitled to compensation.

Asbestosis lawsuit settlements may vary, however, based on a number of different factors, like the severity of your illness and your exposure to asbestos.

How do I apply for asbestos compensation? 

It’s not so much a matter of how to apply for asbestos compensation as it is determining what legal options you may be able to pursue to secure compensation.

The best way to ensure you’re receiving compensation from all of the avenues available to you is to work with an experienced mesothelioma attorney.

For a better idea of what legal actions you may be able to take over asbestos exposure, get a free legal review today.

Is compensation still available from asbestos trust funds?

Yes — there’s currently an estimated $30 Billion set aside in asbestos and mesothelioma trust funds.

Is there mesothelioma financial assistance available? 

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that’s difficult and costly to treat. To help cover the costs of your medical treatments, you may be able to pursue mesothelioma financial assistance through bankruptcy trust fund claims, VA benefits if you served in the military, as well as lawsuit settlements.

Lawyers for mesothelioma compensation claims can help you determine which of these options might apply in your case. Fill out the form on this page to get a free, no-obligation case review today.

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