If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be able to pursue legal action and financial compensation by filing a mesothelioma lawsuit. Through a settlement or jury verdict, a mesothelioma lawsuit can provide you with financial compensation.
Why File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
Manufacturers chose to continue using asbestos in products after the dangers were known. In fact, they even hid the dangers from the public. Because millions of innocent people have been killed by asbestos-related diseases, a complex legal landscape has emerged to protect those injured and their families.
A mesothelioma lawsuit is a legal claim filed against the companies that produced the asbestos-containing products a mesothelioma victim was exposed to.
Most of all, mesothelioma lawsuits help provide an avenue for victims and their families to seek justice against the company responsible for exposing them to asbestos and getting them sick.
You'll have peace of mind that you have the financial resources to cover the expenses of your illness and provide lasting financial security for your family.
It’s an opportunity to fight back and possibly secure financial compensation for you and your family moving forward.
In particular, mesothelioma cancer lawsuits can help:
- People diagnosed with mesothelioma focus on their health and treatment
- Families tackle the overwhelming cost of mesothelioma treatments or funeral expenses
- Hold manufacturers of asbestos-containing products accountable for their negligence
- Encourage others with asbestos-related illnesses to pursue justice for themselves
How Sokolove Law Helps with Mesothelioma Lawsuits
When you file a mesothelioma lawsuit with the help of Sokolove Law, you can help secure much-needed resources when facing staggering hospital bills on top of the emotional strain of a cancer diagnosis.
Sokolove Law has won over $4.7 Billion through mesothelioma lawsuits for victims and their families.
Sokolove Law has over 40 years of experience in handling personal injury lawsuits. We have a national network of mesothelioma lawyers, the ability to file a legal claim in any state, and decades of legal information at our disposal.
"If someone was diagnosed with mesothelioma as I was, I would suggest they call Sokolove Law because Sokolove takes care of you, and they mean business."
Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlements
If both parties can agree on a fair amount of compensation before going to trial, it’s known as a settlement. If no settlement can be reached, the case goes to trial and will be heard before a jury, who will deliver a jury verdict.
Average mesothelioma lawsuit settlement
The average mesothelioma settlement is valued at between $1 million and $1.4 million, while the average mesothelioma verdict amount can be $2.4 million, though these results are just ballpark figures. Every case is different.
Compensation amounts are actually influenced by many different factors, some of which include:
- The strength of evidence in your case
- Your diagnosis
- Lost wages and medical expenses
- Where your case is filed (payouts by state may vary)
- The number of companies listed in the lawsuit
With mesothelioma lawsuits, trials can be difficult and expensive. Thankfully, nearly all asbestos cases are resolved through lawsuit settlements. When a defendant knows your mesothelioma attorney is prepared to try your case, they’re more likely to settle — especially if your attorney has had success against the defendant in the past.
Sokolove Law has successfully negotiated thousands of mesothelioma settlements, which have allowed patients in poor health to avoid the courtroom and receive compensation for their treatments and families faster.
Recent Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlements Amounts
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A pipefitter who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after working in foundries and refineries.
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Awarded to a 79-year-old man from Washington who worked in construction for his entire life — up until his mesothelioma diagnosis. He also served in the Navy on an aircraft carrier stationed out of California.
Sokolove Law has served on the frontlines of this battle for more than 40 years and is dedicated to helping victims of asbestos exposure get the information and resources they need.
We’ve helped thousands of clients fight for the justice they deserve.
Steps to File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Filing a lawsuit may seem overwhelming and complicated, but Sokolove Law strives to make it as easy as possible for you. Our team can help you make sense of the complex legal framework surrounding filing mesothelioma claims.
We can also help you take advantage of different state laws and statutes of limitations (time limits for filing a claim which vary state-by-state) so you can receive the compensation you may deserve.
Manufacturers of asbestos-containing products should be held accountable for their negligence, and mesothelioma lawsuits are just one way to do so.
Let us help you choose the best course of action and guide you step-by-step through the legal process.
Call Sokolove Law at (800) 647-3434 or fill out a quick form to get your free case review. During this step, one of our mesothelioma paralegals will review your unique situation and determine if your claim is eligible to proceed.
If we think you have an eligible claim, we’ll come to meet with you either at your home or in another place of your choosing — wherever it is easiest for you. We can also arrange a video conference or phone call if you prefer.
You can tell us about your asbestos exposure as best as you can remember, and we will figure out what is needed to build a successful mesothelioma claim. There is no cost for this meeting.
Even if you do not know how or where you may have been exposed, your attorney will closely consider your background and work history to pinpoint this information.
With a better idea of your work history and other sources of possible exposure, we’ll start to consider the available options.
There are a few different ways to seek mesothelioma compensation, and we’ll help you select the best fit for your situation to maximize the money you may receive. We will identify all possible defendants and asbestos trust funds to pursue and guide you through the process.
With a plan in place, we will file the complaint on your behalf in the state that gives you the best chance of securing an asbestos settlement.
The statutes of limitations vary from state to state, so it is important to file as soon as possible after a mesothelioma diagnosis. If you do not file in time, all your rights to recover compensation could be gone forever.
Companies will rarely admit fault, so after a claim has been filed, lawyers on both sides will begin requesting records and other documentation to prove their case.
Because of our 40+ years of handling mesothelioma cases, Sokolove Law already has most of the documents necessary to prove your case. We are always discovering new defendants through client information, however, and we use the discovery stage to develop cases against these new defendants or products.
If both sides can agree on a financial compensation amount before going to trial, it is called a settlement. This is the most common outcome for mesothelioma legal claims.
Rarely, cases go to trial and are heard before a jury, which delivers a verdict. A trial can be taxing on you and your family and is very expensive. Even worse, if you lose the trial, you get nothing.
Additionally, successful trial verdicts may be appealed by the defendant that wants to reduce or overturn the asbestos lawsuit settlement, or they can be reconsidered by the court. Appeals take time, are expensive, and are often a tactic utilized by defendants to get you to accept less.
A successful appeal from the defendants can reverse a decision by an earlier court that sided with you. On the other hand, an appeal by your legal team could give you the compensation you may deserve.
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Am I Eligible to File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
You may be eligible to file a mesothelioma lawsuit if you have a confirmed mesothelioma diagnosis and an asbestos exposure history that identifies a viable defendant.
Mesothelioma victims may help prove their eligibility with:
- Medical records
- Employment records
- Documentation of all expenses related to the cancer
- Identification of coworkers or other witnesses
Since you may have been exposed to asbestos decades ago, determining exactly when, where, and how your exposure took place can seem overwhelming — but Sokolove Law is here to help.
We’ll help you gather the necessary medical and work histories and be sure to explain all the documents you’ll sign to allow us to further investigate your claim.
Types of Lawsuits for Mesothelioma
In order for someone who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma to receive compensation, they will need an experienced asbestos attorney to help them navigate the lawsuit process.
For decades, Sokolove Law has helped mesothelioma victims file the appropriate type of lawsuit for their case and file claims against any identified asbestos trust funds. If you are considering filing an asbestos lawsuit, reach out to us to learn how we may be able to help you.
Personal Injury Mesothelioma Lawsuit
A personal injury lawsuit allows a victim diagnosed with mesothelioma to seek financial compensation from the company or companies responsible for exposing them to asbestos.
Asbestos-related personal injury lawsuits hold specific companies responsible for an individual’s exposure to that company’s asbestos-containing products.
These cases allow a living individual to receive compensation that can cover:
- Living expenses
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Medical treatments
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Wrongful Death Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Family members, or anyone who has been court-appointed as the representative of a victim’s estate, may file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of someone who has passed away as a result of mesothelioma.
These cases allow families to receive compensation for:
- Funeral expenses
- Lost income potential
- Medical bills
- The loss of their loved one
- Pain and suffering
If a person passes away before their personal injury claim is completed, their family may carry it forward as a wrongful death lawsuit.
Mesothelioma Class-Action Lawsuit
Mesothelioma cancer class-action lawsuits are no longer heard at the federal level and are, in general, almost nonexistent today.
Class-action lawsuits include many people who have similar cases and are filing them as a single case against a company that exposed them to asbestos.
You Need an Experienced Mesothelioma Law Firm
Each day, families are blindsided by a mesothelioma diagnosis. Sokolove Law can help you receive the compensation you may be owed with little stress.
Our mesothelioma law firm will help file your lawsuit properly and build a strong case that shows your illness was caused by asbestos. By filing, you are making a choice to secure crucial resources for your family and to hold asbestos companies accountable.
Mesothelioma Lawsuit FAQ
People who are considering filing a mesothelioma lawsuit have a lot of serious questions. Some of the most common questions we receive are answered below.
How much time do I have to file a mesothelioma lawsuit?
Eligibility to to file for mesothelioma lawsuits is often based on the statute of limitations, which determines how long you have to file a lawsuit, varies from state to state, with some as short as 1 year.
The state you live in may not be the state in which you file your complaint, so it is important to contact a credible law firm right away to figure out how much time you have.
Further, statutes of limitations depend on a variety of factors, so the best — and only — way to know how long you have to file is by working with a trusted law firm like Sokolove Law.
How much does it cost to file a mesothelioma lawsuit?
There are no up-front costs to file a mesothelioma lawsuit with Sokolove Law. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we will only accept payment if we are able to help you receive compensation.
My family member has died from mesothelioma. Can I file on their behalf?
Yes, a claim may still be filed — this is known as a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed by the estate of someone whose life was needlessly taken by asbestos exposure.
However, to file on behalf of the estate, a court would need to name you the estate’s representative. When you work with Sokolove Law, your experienced mesothelioma lawyer can assist you with that.
Given my health condition, will I need to travel?
Sokolove Law will represent you in court, following your instructions as we have agreed upon. We will travel to meet you as needed when it’s most convenient for your schedule, though we try to minimize disruptions for mesothelioma patients and their loved ones.
Your testimony is a crucial part of the case, and, typically, we can record any statements you need to make in the comfort of your home or at a treatment center.
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, our team of mesothelioma lawyers is here to help. We can file for you without you ever having to leave your home.
Simply call us or video chat with our legal team to quickly find out if you’re eligible to file a mesothelioma lawsuit and possibly receive compensation.
After I file a mesothelioma lawsuit, how long will the process take?
Some mesothelioma claims will reach an outcome in a few months. The timeline will depend on many factors, including the type of lawsuit you file and whether you are able to reach a settlement or have to go to trial.
It is difficult to predict the duration, but being backed by an experienced mesothelioma law firm like Sokolove Law is important because some defense teams will try to drag this process out to delay compensation. If your health is poor, or if your cancer is late-stage, a mesothelioma lawsuit may be expedited by the courts.
Will I have to sue the military or government?
No. When you file a mesothelioma lawsuit, you won’t be suing the military — you’ll be suing the manufacturer of the asbestos-containing products you were exposed to, even if the asbestos exposure occurred during your service.
If the company responsible for my asbestos exposure is no longer around, can I still file a mesothelioma lawsuit?
Some of the companies responsible for exposing people to asbestos have already filed for bankruptcy due to the large number of claims against them. However, that doesn’t necessarily prevent you from taking legal action against these companies.
To ensure there would be money available for future claimants, the courts ordered some of these bankrupt companies to establish asbestos trust funds. These bankruptcy trusts now total an estimated $30 billion and are designed to facilitate payments for valid claims quickly.
So, even if you are not eligible to file a mesothelioma lawsuit, you may be able to file an asbestos trust fund claim, if the company has established one. Sokolove Law can help you gather the information needed to see if you qualify for trust fund compensation.