Mesothelioma Settlements & Trial Verdicts

Sokolove Law helps victims of asbestos-related diseases pursue justice through mesothelioma settlements or verdicts, recovering over $5 Billion nationwide.

Average settlements for mesothelioma range from $1 Million to $1.4 Million. You may be able to start receiving compensation from a settlement in as few as 90 days.

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Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlements & Verdicts

After a diagnosis, a mesothelioma victim can take legal action to pursue financial compensation from the asbestos companies responsible for causing their illness.

Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit can result in compensation through a settlement or a trial verdict.

Mesothelioma compensation can help victims of asbestos exposure and their families:

  • Cover the medical costs associated with the disease
  • Hold manufacturers of asbestos-containing products accountable for their negligence

As a mesothelioma law firm, Sokolove Law can help clients nationwide file an asbestos lawsuit against manufacturers of asbestos-containing products — at no out-of-pocket costs.

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

How Much Are Mesothelioma Settlements Worth?

One of the most common questions people ask during this process is, what is the average mesothelioma settlement amount?

$1M - $1.4M

Average Mesothelioma Settlement Amount

Historically, average mesothelioma settlement amounts have been valued at $1 Million to $1.4 Million, while the average mesothelioma verdict is estimated to be between $5 Million and $11.4 Million.

Keep in mind, however, that mesothelioma case values hinge on the individual details of each case, and averages only serve as a ballpark reference. Any case can be worth more or less than any average or estimate.

Maximizing Mesothelioma Settlement Amounts

You may wonder how to maximize an asbestos-related cancer or mesothelioma lawsuit settlement. As our founder Jim Sokolove said, "You have to do a thorough investigation."

At Sokolove Law, that's exactly what we've been doing for people with mesothelioma since 1979.

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Video Summary: Mesothelioma settlement amounts are discussed by Jim Sokolove, Founder and Chairman (Retired 2013) and Ricky LeBlanc, Managing Attorney at Sokolove Law View Transcript.

The way you get the maximum compensation for a family who have been exposed to asbestos is, you have to do a thorough investigation to find the maximum amount of defendants that are responsible for the loved ones exposure to asbestos. The goal of any law firm who handles a mesothelioma case should be to maximize the value of their clients case. At Sokolove Law we're uniquely qualified to do so because of the more than 30 years of experience in this field.

In addition we have vetted and partner with the most successful trial firms in America to assist in some of these trials. We do business in nearly all 50 states so no matter where corporations are located that are responsible for you or your loved ones exposure we can help you pursue justice.

Sokolove Law is truly a national firm and the reason why has an advantage over a local firm is that local firms are generally limited to pursuing your case in the jurisdiction where they reside. Sokolove Law has attorneys in nearly every state in the United States, therefore we have the ability to pursue your case there. At Sokolove Law, it makes no difference to us which jurisdiction is going to be filed, we have the ability to file it where it's necessary to maximize your value.

Our experienced mesothelioma lawyers have helped clients pursue settlements for over 40 years. We'll fight hard to get you everything you're entitled to.

Billions Recovered Nationwide

At Sokolove Law, we’ve recovered over $5 Billion for thousands of mesothelioma patients and their families nationwide. Let us get you the results you deserve.

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Mesothelioma Settlements vs. Verdicts

Overview: Mesothelioma Settlement

A mesothelioma settlement is an amount of monetary compensation negotiated by your legal team and the defendant(s). Settlements are often reached before your case goes to court, which can help you begin receiving compensation faster.

Overview: Mesothelioma Trial Verdict

If a settlement isn’t reached, your asbestos case will continue to a court trial. During a trial, a judge and jury will hear your case and render a verdict determining how much you may be awarded.

Mesothelioma verdicts award between $5 Million and $11.4 Million on average, though results vary from case to case.

One downside to verdicts is that they are risky and don’t guarantee compensation since they can be appealed. For this reason, the vast majority of mesothelioma cases result in a settlement.

Settlements Never See the Inside of a Courtroom

Most mesothelioma lawsuits settle instead of being tried before a jury, which allows our clients to begin receiving compensation faster. Over 99% of our mesothelioma cases never see the inside of a courtroom. However, in the rare instance when a case does reach this point, the Sokolove Law legal team is fully prepared to handle your asbestos trial.

"I really appreciate Sokolove Law. They help you, and they treat you like a person and not a number."

Dennis
Sokolove Law Client and Mesothelioma Victim

Our Past Mesothelioma Settlements by State

Sokolove Law is a nationally recognized law firm with offices and a licensed attorney in almost every state. We have successfully represented clients in all 50 states.

Our experienced mesothelioma attorneys have secured over $5 Billion in compensation for victims of asbestos exposure and their loved ones across the country.

Read more about a few of our past mesothelioma lawsuit settlements and verdicts below.

Notable Lawsuit 1$10.2 Million Settlement

Occupation: U.S. Navy Veteran
State: Washington

This asbestos settlement was secured for an 82-year-old man from Washington. He served in the U.S. Navy for two decades as a boiler tender and chief petty officer and was a member of the Freemasons.

Notable Lawsuit 2$9.5 Million Verdict

Occupation: Construction Worker
State: California

A 61-year-old man who was exposed to asbestos working in the construction industry was awarded this mesothelioma verdict amount.

Notable Lawsuit 3$9.3 Million Settlement

Occupation: U.S. Navy Veteran
State: Massachusetts

The family of a U.S. Navy veteran received this mesothelioma settlement amount after their loved one passed away.

Notable Lawsuit 4$6.5 Million Settlement

Occupation: U.S. Army Veteran and Oil Field Worker
State: Louisiana

This settlement was awarded to a 57-year-old man who did repair work while working in oil fields during the late 1970s. His father also served in the U.S. Army and worked on gas pipes in multiple states starting in 1975.

Notable Lawsuit 5$1.2 Million Settlement

Occupation: Secondhand Exposure
State: Missouri

A Missouri woman won this mesothelioma settlement amount after experiencing take-home asbestos exposure from her mother’s place of work.

Notable Lawsuit 6$1 Million Settlement

Occupation: Pipe Supplier
State: Oklahoma

This settlement was awarded to a 75-year-old man who worked for a plastic pipe supplier during the 1970s and 1980s.

Disclaimer: Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

  • $40 Million mesothelioma verdict awarded to a U.S. Navy veteran
  • $4 Million mesothelioma wrongful death settlement for the family of a boiler worker in California
  • $10.5 Million mesothelioma verdict awarded to a pipefitter
  • $5.5 Million mesothelioma verdict awarded to a U.S. Navy veteran and mechanic
  • $7 Million mesothelioma lawsuit settlement for a welder
  • $5.2 Million mesothelioma wrongful death settlement for the family of a mechanic and forklift operator
  • $3.7 Million asbestos settlement for a California construction worker
  • $3.4 Million mesothelioma verdict for a U.S. Army veteran and laborer in Colorado
  • $3 Million mesothelioma wrongful death settlement for the family of a U.S. Army veteran and union electrician
  • $6.5 Million asbestos lawsuit settlement for a manual laborer
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Mesothelioma Settlements After the Death of a Loved One

Even if your loved one has already passed away, Sokolove Law may be able to help you pursue compensation on their behalf in the form of a mesothelioma wrongful death settlement.

Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Settlements

In mesothelioma wrongful death cases, the following people may be able to pursue a mesothelioma settlement after the death of their loved one:

  • The victim’s spouse, children, or other family members
  • The representative of the victim’s estate

Not quite sure whether this means you? During a free, no-obligation case review, we can determine if you’re eligible to take legal action and pursue compensation for mesothelioma after the death of your loved one.

What Determines Mesothelioma Settlement Amounts?

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Mesothelioma settlements and verdicts may provide you with a varying amount of compensation. However, asbestos settlements guarantee compensation, while the mesothelioma trial process and verdicts introduce great risk.

In general, mesothelioma settlement amounts vary based on the factors outlined below.

Costs of Medical Bills

Mesothelioma is an aggressive and rare cancer that may require surgery, multiple rounds of chemotherapy or radiation, and/or other treatments. The settlement compensation you receive may be influenced by the costs for past and future treatments.

$400,000

Average Yearly Cost of Mesothelioma Treatment

Growing Costs: Mesothelioma costs add up quickly. Get a free case review to start getting the help you need.

Extent of Asbestos Exposure and Defendants Involved

Your settlement amount may be impacted by the extent of your asbestos exposure and the number of companies responsible for your illness.

If you were exposed to multiple asbestos products, some or all of the manufacturers may be liable, which can open up more avenues for mesothelioma compensation.

Strength of Evidence

How strong the evidence of asbestos exposure is in your case can play a large role in determining whether the defendants choose to settle and how much a potential mesothelioma settlement may be worth.

Thankfully, when you work with Sokolove Law, your legal team can gather the evidence for you.

Over the last 40+ years, we’ve assembled a warehouse of evidence and several databases of information on asbestos exposure locations, manufacturers, and job sites. We may have already represented someone from the same job site as you.

Experience of Your Mesothelioma Lawyer

Not all lawyers have experience handling cases involving asbestos litigation. It’s crucial to find an attorney with experience with mesothelioma cases, as they will have a vast network of resources and information from past cases to help maximize your potential winnings.

Sokolove Law has been helping victims and families affected by mesothelioma for over five decades — and we’re ready to fight on your behalf too. Fill out our contact form or call (800) 647-3434 today to get started on your legal case.

More Influential Factors for Mesothelioma Settlement Amounts

Additional factors that can affect mesothelioma lawsuit settlement amounts include:

  • Medical records of the mesothelioma patient
  • The number of dependents you support
  • Past and future wages lost due to inability to work
  • Potential funeral expenses
  • State where the claim is filed
  • Travel costs associated with medical treatments
  • The type of asbestos you were exposed to
  • Victim’s exposure and work history
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You have a limited time to take legal action after a mesothelioma diagnosis. Start the process today by getting a free case review or calling (800) 647-3434.

Accepting Mesothelioma Settlements vs. Going to Court

Grandparents with GrandkidsDuring the legal process, you may wonder: "Is it better to accept a mesothelioma settlement offer or take the case to court?" The answer to this question will vary from person to person.

Given the risk of a trial and the potential for a drawn-out appeals process, many claimants agree to a settlement, which can help them start to receive compensation for treatment sooner.

Reaching a mesothelioma verdict can take much longer than the settlement process. In fact, the claims process for verdicts often stretches into a year or possibly even several years.

With mesothelioma trial verdicts, 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 all of this into consideration when handling your asbestos claim. Because we have over 40 years of legal experience, we can help each individual choose the best legal option for them and their family.

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

We Only Get Paid If You Get an Asbestos Settlement or Verdict

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In 1979, when Jim Sokolove founded Sokolove Law, he dedicated his firm to helping men, women, and children in need and fighting against the rich and powerful.

To this day, we work hard to ensure all clients have equal access to justice, regardless of their background.

Because we work on what is known as a contingency basis, our clients don’t have to pay anything out of pocket to file a mesothelioma claim with us.

Only when a case is successful — meaning it has resulted in compensation — does our firm collect a fee. Our firm doesn't collect any money if a client isn’t awarded compensation.

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.

Ready to Pursue a Mesothelioma Settlement With Sokolove Law?

If you have received a mesothelioma diagnosis, you may be eligible to receive compensation through asbestos settlements or verdicts.

Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases are not the faults of the person who has been diagnosed. Asbestos companies 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 legal skills and fine-tuning our knowledge of asbestos litigation. In that time, our personal injury firm has helped secure over $5 Billion for thousands of individuals harmed by asbestos all across the country.

Let us determine if you are eligible for compensation — call (800) 647-3434 or start your free case review now.

Mesothelioma Settlement FAQs

Who is eligible for a mesothelioma settlement?

You may be eligible to pursue a mesothelioma settlement if you:

  • Were diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease (like asbestosis or lung cancer)
  • Are the spouse, child, or immediate relative of the asbestos victim
  • Represent the estate of the asbestos victim

Get a free case review today to see if you qualify and learn more about your legal options.

How much is the average mesothelioma settlement?

The average mesothelioma settlement amount is between $1 Million and $1.4 Million, while the average mesothelioma verdict amount is between $5 Million and $11.4 Million. See if you qualify for compensation today.

How long does it take to get a mesothelioma settlement?

How long it takes to receive mesothelioma compensation depends on the specifics of your case. The mesothelioma settlement time frame varies from case to case. If you are awarded a mesothelioma settlement, you will likely receive partial payments over time.

With that being said, some of our past clients have started to receive asbestos settlements within 90 days of contacting us. Get a free case review today to see if we can help with your case.

Are mesothelioma settlements taxable?

Generally speaking, some but not all of your settlement winnings will likely be taxed. The money you receive to cover your injuries and medical expenses may not be taxed. Still, the money awarded as punitive damages (intended to punish the party at fault) or lost wages may be.

Taxes on settlements are complicated and depend on the specific damages involved in the suit. To avoid taxation, settlements must satisfy two requirements: physical injury and wrongful action.

For example, mesothelioma qualifies as a physical injury, so money awarded for the illness will not be taxed. However, money awarded for emotional injury due to the illness will only be tax-free if it’s spent to directly address the emotional injury.

As a national mesothelioma law firm, Sokolove Law can help determine how much of your compensation may be taxed. Contact us today to learn more.

I don’t know how I was exposed to asbestos — can I still pursue a mesothelioma settlement?

Potentially, yes — the easiest way to determine if you’re eligible to pursue compensation for mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease is to get a free review of your case. Once you let us know what’s going on, we can review the details of your case and let you know what your legal options may be.

Over the past 40+ years, we’ve handled thousands of asbestos cases. This has given us a deep familiarity with how these cases work as well as the evidence needed to prove exposure to asbestos. We maintain a proprietary database of evidence on asbestos companies, products, job sites, and past cases. It’s possible we’ve already represented someone in the same role or at the same worksite as you.

If you’re eligible to pursue compensation, we can get started right away. Because of our nationwide network of attorneys, we can come to you, wherever you may be — at no out-of-pocket cost to you or your family.

How much does it cost to pursue a mesothelioma settlement?

When you work with Sokolove Law, there are no upfront or out-of-pocket costs. Our mesothelioma lawyers will only get paid if you do, whether it’s through an asbestos lawsuit settlement or verdict.

If your case doesn’t result in compensation, you don’t have to pay us anything. Contact us today to learn more.

How long do I have to pursue an asbestos lawsuit settlement?

Due to state laws called statutes of limitations, you only have a limited amount of time to take legal action over asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.

Unfortunately, once this deadline passes, you won’t have the opportunity to file a lawsuit again in the future. This makes it extremely important to get in touch with a mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible.

What are the average wrongful death settlements for mesothelioma?

Average wrongful death settlement amounts usually fall between $1 Million and $1.4 Million, the same as personal injury cases.

However, asbestos wrongful death settlement amounts vary according to the unique details of your case, like the severity of exposure, the strength of the evidence, and more.

Who can receive a mesothelioma wrongful death settlement?

Asbestos wrongful death settlement amounts are typically awarded to the mesothelioma victim’s:

  • Spouse, children, or immediate family members
  • Estate representative

If your loved one has passed away from mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, we can help determine your eligibility to take legal action and receive a mesothelioma wrongful death settlement. Fill out our contact form today to learn more about your options.

If a mesothelioma patient passes away before their case is complete, will their family receive compensation?

Yes — any mesothelioma settlement after the death of the asbestos victim will be awarded to their spouse, dependents, or estate representative.

How does Sokolove Law aim to maximize mesothelioma settlements compensation for their clients?

To get the maximum mesothelioma settlement compensation you have to do a thorough investigation to find the maximum number of defendants responsible for the loved one's exposure to asbestos. The goal of any law firm that handles a mesothelioma case should be to maximize the value of their client's cases.

Sokolove Law is truly a national firm. It has an advantage over a local firm because local firms are generally limited to pursuing your case in the jurisdiction where they reside. Sokolove Law has attorneys in nearly every state in the United States, so we can pursue your case there. At Sokolove Law, it makes no difference to us which jurisdiction is going to be filed, we can file it where it's necessary to maximize your settlement value.

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