Sokolove Law helps victims and families affected by asbestos-related diseases seek justice through mesothelioma settlements or verdicts. Average mesothelioma lawsuit settlements have historically been valued between $1 Million and $1.4 Million. Mesothelioma verdicts, on the other hand, award between $5 Million and $11.4 Million on average, though results vary from case to case.
You may be able to start receiving compensation from a settlement in as few as 90 days. Contact us today to learn more about your options.
What Are Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlements?
After diagnosis, a mesothelioma victim can take legal action to pursue financial compensation from those responsible for exposing them to asbestos and causing their illness. Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit can result in compensation in one of two forms:
- Mesothelioma settlements: A mesothelioma settlement is an amount of compensation negotiated by your legal team and the defendant(s). Settlements can be reached before your case even goes to court, which can help you to start receiving compensation sooner.
- Mesothelioma verdicts: If a settlement isn’t reached, your asbestos case will continue to a court trial, where a judge and jury will hear your case and render a verdict that determines how much you may be awarded. Verdict results are risky and don’t guarantee compensation since they can be appealed later on.
Most asbestos lawsuits settle instead of being tried before a jury, which allows our clients to start receiving compensation for treatment faster. In fact, over 99% of our asbestos cases never see the inside of a courtroom. In the rare instance when a case does reach this point, your legal team is fully prepared to handle your asbestos trial for you.
Mesothelioma compensation can help victims of asbestos exposure and their families cover the costs associated with the disease and hold manufacturers of asbestos-containing products accountable for their negligence.
As a mesothelioma law firm specializing in asbestos-related cases, Sokolove Law can help clients nationwide file an asbestos lawsuit against manufacturers of asbestos-containing products — at no out-of-pocket costs.
We have helped victims of mesothelioma and their families navigate the legal process for over 40 years. Our firm has helped recover over $4.9 Billion for thousands of deserving families.
“I really appreciate Sokolove Law. They help you, and they treat you like a person and not a number.”
Sokolove Law Client and Mesothelioma Victim
Notable Sokolove Law Asbestos Lawsuit Payouts by State
The experienced mesothelioma attorneys who work with Sokolove Law have secured over $4.9 Billion in compensation for victims of asbestos exposure and their loved ones.
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.
Read more about a few of our past mesothelioma lawsuit settlements and verdicts below.
Occupation: U.S. Navy Veteran
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.
Occupation: Construction Worker
A 61-year-old man who was exposed to asbestos working in the construction industry was awarded this mesothelioma verdict amount.
Occupation: U.S. Navy Veteran
The family of a U.S. Navy veteran received this mesothelioma settlement amount after their loved one passed away.
Occupation: U.S. Army Veteran and Oil Field Worker
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.
Occupation: Secondhand Exposure
A Missouri woman won this mesothelioma settlement amount after experiencing take-home asbestos exposure from her mother’s place of work.
Occupation: Pipe Supplier
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
You may be eligible for compensation. Get the help you deserve.
Average Mesothelioma Settlement Amounts and Verdicts
One of the most common questions people ask during these initial phases is: What is the average mesothelioma settlement amount?
Average Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlement
Historically, the average mesothelioma lawsuit settlement has been valued at $1 Million to $1.4 Million, while the average mesothelioma verdict amount 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.
Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Settlements
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.
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 let you know if you’re eligible to take legal action and pursue compensation for mesothelioma after the death of your loved one.
What Determines a Mesothelioma Settlement Amount?
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 a great deal of 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 amount of settlement compensation you receive may be influenced by the costs for past and future treatments.
Average Yearly Mesothelioma Treatment Cost
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 as well as how much a potential mesothelioma settlement may be worth.
Thankfully, when you work with Sokolove Law, your legal team can handle gathering the evidence for you.
Over the last 40+ years, we’ve assembled a warehouse of evidence along with several databases of information on asbestos exposure locations, manufacturers, and job sites. It’s possible that we may have already represented someone from the same job site as you.
Working With an Experienced Mesothelioma Lawyer
Not all lawyers have experience handling cases involving asbestos litigation. It’s crucial to find an attorney who has experience with mesothelioma cases, as they will have a vast network of resources and information from past cases that can help maximize your potential winnings.
Sokolove Law has been helping victims and families affected by mesothelioma for over four 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.
Other Factors Affecting Settlement Amounts
Additional factors that can affect the value of your mesothelioma settlement or verdict amount 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
Should I Settle My Mesothelioma Claim or Go to Court?
After you file a mesothelioma claim against the manufacturer(s) of asbestos-containing products responsible for your exposure (the defendants), they only have a limited amount of time to reply.
Typically, the defendant will reject the claim and both sides will proceed to the discovery phase. In this phase, the lawyers for both the defendant and the mesothelioma victim (or plaintiff) will provide evidence and counter-evidence to prove or disprove liability.
During this time, you may wonder: Is it better to accept a mesothelioma settlement offer or take the case to court?
Complexities of Mesothelioma Settlements vs Trials
The answer to this question will vary from person to person. A number of variables will factor into a person’s decision to accept a settlement or seek a trial outcome.
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 takes much more time than does the settlement process. In fact, the claims process for verdicts often stretches into a year or possibly even 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 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%.
Mesothelioma Legal Help Available at No Upfront Cost
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 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. If a client isn’t awarded compensation, our firm doesn’t collect any money.
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.
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 fault 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 $4.9 Billion for thousands of individuals harmed by asbestos all across the country.
Mesothelioma Settlements FAQ
Who can pursue 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. 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. Money you receive to cover your injuries and medical expenses may not be taxed, but 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 as a result of 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.