Asbestos companies knew asbestos was deadly, yet continued to produce and sell it, putting millions of innocent people at risk for developing mesothelioma and other diseases. Fortunately, the American legal system allows mesothelioma victims and their families the chance to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost income and other damages related to a mesothelioma diagnosis. While each case is different, many mesothelioma victims and their families have recovered millions in compensation from asbestos manufacturers.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you would like to speak to an attorney to learn about your legal options, complete our free case review form today.
In general, there are three ways you can receive compensation:
Whether your case settles or goes to trial will depend on the specifics of your lawsuit and your personal preferences; however, the vast majority of asbestos lawsuits settle out of court.
There are a number of reasons why a mesothelioma lawsuit might result in an out-of-court settlement. Both sides often decide to settle an asbestos lawsuit to avoid years of litigation and the uncertainty of a jury trial. Asbestos companies may also be reluctant to face mesothelioma victims in the courtroom, as juries sometimes award verdicts in excess of $10 million in asbestos cases.
In addition, some lawsuits settle after a case has gone to trial and the jury has returned a verdict in favor of the asbestos victim. Because the defendant can appeal a jury verdict and use other tactics to delay payment, some plaintiffs opt to receive a reduced amount in exchange for the defendant withdrawing the appeal of the jury’s verdict.
This will depend on the details of your case. Your attorney will need to review the facts and circumstances of how the victim was exposed to asbestos, as well as the related injuries, to help determine how much your case is worth.
While each case is different, many mesothelioma lawsuits result in settlements or jury verdicts between $1 million and $5 million.
If the asbestos company you are suing agrees to settle your case, you may have certain obligations under the agreement in exchange for receiving a settlement payment. A settlement agreement in a mesothelioma lawsuit may contain the following provisions:
Before you sign any settlement documents, it is important that you understand the terms and conditions of the proposed settlement. If you are offered a settlement by one of the asbestos companies that contributed to your injuries, your attorney will clearly explain the proposed settlement agreement to you.
While many mesothelioma lawsuits will settle, some will go to trial. Trials are often risky for both sides in a mesothelioma lawsuit because juries can be unpredictable. Even if you have a strong case, the jury may return a verdict in favor of the defendants. At the other end of the spectrum, juries occasionally return verdicts of greater than $10 million in mesothelioma cases.
Here are some recent mesothelioma lawsuits that resulted in large jury verdicts:
If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma, choosing an attorney is one of the most important decisions you will make. You need not only an aggressive advocate, but also a lawyer who will put in the effort and do the research to determine which companies manufactured, distributed, sold, and used the asbestos that contributed to your mesothelioma.To learn more complete our free case review form.