Mesothelioma Settlements

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 at $1 Million to $1.4 Million. Trial verdicts for mesothelioma may award $2.4 Million on average, though results vary. You may be able to start receiving compensation from a settlement in as little as 90 days.

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlements

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. They allow victims and their families to receive compensation to help cover costs associated with the disease and hold manufacturers of asbestos-containing products accountable.

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Mesothelioma Victim

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

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What Determines a Mesothelioma Settlement Amount?

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

Generally, the amount won from mesothelioma settlements varies based on the factors below.

Costs of Medical Bills

Mesothelioma is an aggressive 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.

$400,000

Average yearly mesothelioma treatment cost

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Defendants Involved

Your settlement amount may be impacted by which companies were responsible for your mesothelioma. If you were exposed to multiple asbestos products, some or all of the manufacturers may be liable. This may open more avenues for compensation.

Experience of Your Mesothelioma Attorney

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 to help maximize your potential winnings.

Sokolove Law has been helping victims and families affected by mesothelioma for over 40 years, and we are ready to fight on your behalf too.

Other Factors Affecting Settlement Amounts

  • Past and future money lost due to inability to work
  • State where the claim is filed
  • Medical records of the mesothelioma patient
  • Travel costs associated with medical treatments
  • Victim’s exposure and work history
  • Amount of asbestos exposure
  • Strength of evidence
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Average Mesothelioma Settlement Amounts

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

$1 - $1.4 Million

Average mesothelioma lawsuit settlement

Average mesothelioma lawsuit 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?

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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 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, but given the risk of a trial and the potential for a drawn-out process, many claimants 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 over 40 years’ of legal experience, we can help each individual choose the best legal option for them and their family members.

Notable Sokolove Law Payouts by State

The experienced mesothelioma attorneys who work with Sokolove Law have secured over $4.7 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 across the country below.

Notable Lawsuit 1$10.2 Million Settlement

Occupation: Navy Veteran
State: Washington

This settlement was secured for an 82-year-old man from Washington. He served in the Navy for 2 decades as a boilertender and chief petty officer and was a member of the Freemasons.

Notable Lawsuit 2$9.5 Million Settlement

Occupation: Construction Worker
State: California

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

Notable Lawsuit 3$9.3 Million Settlement

Occupation: Navy Veteran
State: Massachusetts

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

Notable Lawsuit 4$6.5 Million Settlement

Occupation: 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 Army and worked on gas pipes in multiple states starting in 1975.

Notable Lawsuit 5$1.2 Million Settlement

Occupation: Second Hand Exposure
State: Missouri

A Missouri woman won this 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.

Sokolove Law Works on a Contingency Basis

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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.

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

Mesothelioma 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 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 skills and fine-tuning our knowledge of asbestos litigation. In that time, our personal injury firm has helped secure over $4.7 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.

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Mesothelioma Settlements FAQ

How long does it take to get a mesothelioma settlement?

This depends on the specifics of your case. However, some past settlements have resulted in payments to victims within 12 months of filing a claim.

If you are awarded a mesothelioma settlement, you will likely receive partial payments over time.

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.

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

For example, mesothelioma qualifies as 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 is spent to directly address the emotional injury.

Mesothelioma law firm Sokolove Law can help determine how much of your compensation may be taxed.

What are the average wrongful death settlements for mesothelioma?

The average mesothelioma settlement amount is $1 Million to $1.4 Million. This includes both personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

If your loved one passed away from mesothelioma, you may have the right to pursue compensation. Losing a loved one to cancer is never easy — that’s why we fight on behalf of surviving family members.

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