What Is a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
A mesothelioma lawsuit is a type of product liability suit filed against negligent manufacturers of asbestos-containing products.
These lawsuits seek financial compensation to help pay for pain and suffering, medical treatment, and other expenses related to mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other asbestos diseases.
Almost all mesothelioma lawsuits settle out of court, sparing the patient and their family members from ever having to step foot inside a courtroom and allowing them to get money quickly.
LawFirm.com works with top mesothelioma attorneys across the country who can help patients and their family members file lawsuits and pursue compensation.
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Who Can File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
A person who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and their family members may be able to file a mesothelioma lawsuit.
Learn more about the different types of mesothelioma lawsuits and who can file them below.
Mesothelioma Personal Injury Lawsuit
Individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease may be able to file a mesothelioma personal injury lawsuit.
A personal injury lawsuit seeks compensation to help pay for the patient’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
If a mesothelioma patient files a personal injury lawsuit and then passes away before that lawsuit has been resolved, their estate can proceed with the lawsuit.
Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Lawsuit
If someone has died from an asbestos-related illness like mesothelioma, their immediate family members or estate representative may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf.
A mesothelioma lawsuit after death seeks compensation to help pay for a loved one’s remaining treatment bills, funeral costs, pain and suffering, lost income, and other expenses.
Mesothelioma Class Action Lawsuit
A mesothelioma class action suit allows a group of people affected by the same asbestos products to come together and file a single lawsuit.
These types of lawsuits are extremely rare and are almost never filed today. That’s because mesothelioma cases can be very different from case to case and class actions are unlikely to award as much compensation as an individual lawsuit.
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Filing a Lawsuit for Mesothelioma
Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit may seem overwhelming and time-consuming. However, the mesothelioma lawyers that we work with go out of their way to make the process simple and stress-free.
Learn how to file an asbestos lawsuit below.
1. Contact LawFirm.com
The first step in filing a mesothelioma lawsuit is to get a free, no-obligation legal consultation.
A case manager will ask questions about your diagnosis, work history, and asbestos exposure. They can then connect you with a top mesothelioma lawyer if you qualify.
2. Gather Evidence
Your attorney and their legal team will get to work right away and collect evidence to build a strong case.
This evidence may include:
- Employment records
- Medical records
- Military records (if applicable)
- Testimony from medical experts
Our legal partners have decades of experience — and databases of evidence — that can help them determine exactly when, where, and how you were exposed and which asbestos companies are responsible.
3. File Your Lawsuit
Your attorney will bring a legal claim in the court best suited for your case and before any legal deadlines. Your lawsuit for mesothelioma will be filed against all companies that caused or contributed to your illness.
Many mesothelioma lawsuits name more than 20 defendants (companies being sued). Asbestos victims may be entitled to compensation from each one.
As your lawsuit moves forward in the legal process, your team will keep you updated and answer any questions you may have.
4. Negotiate Settlements
Your lawyer will try to negotiate settlements with each defendant named in your lawsuit to maximize your payout.
The mesothelioma law firms that we work with reach settlements in 99% of the cases that they handle.
Settlements give asbestos victims quicker access to money that can be used to help pay for medical treatments, basic living expenses, and more. They also spare victims from the stress of having to appear in court.
In the rare case that your lawsuit can’t be resolved through a settlement, your legal team will fight for you in court.
Mesothelioma Lawsuit Deadline
In most states, people have 2-3 years after a mesothelioma diagnosis or the death of a loved one to file a mesothelioma lawsuit.
State laws called statutes of limitations specify the amount of time a person has to take legal action for an asbestos-related disease or death.
The mesothelioma statute of limitations varies by state. In several states, people only have 1 year to file a mesothelioma lawsuit.
Because of this, it’s in your best interest to reach out to an asbestos attorney as soon as possible. If you wait too long, you’ll miss your opportunity to file a lawsuit and seek compensation.
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Mesothelioma Lawsuit Timeline
In many cases, mesothelioma lawsuits start to pay out in 90 days or less.
However, each lawsuit is different, and the unique aspects of your case will affect how long it takes.
Factors that can impact how long a lawsuit takes to resolve include:
- Where the lawsuit is filed: Depending on the state and court where a mesothelioma lawsuit is filed, some mesothelioma cases can be heard within a year.
- Whether the case settles or goes to court for a trial: Settlements typically provide asbestos victims with quicker access to compensation.
- Working with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer: These attorneys are experienced in asbestos litigation and will do everything in their power to get clients compensation as soon as possible.
Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlements and Verdicts
Mesothelioma settlement amounts are between $1 million to $1.4 million on average.
If a lawsuit doesn’t settle and ends up going to trial, asbestos victims can anticipate jury awards between $5 million and $11.4 million if they win their case.
Of course, every case is different and the amount of compensation received may vary depending on many factors.
Our legal partners have secured more than $4.8 billion in mesothelioma lawsuit compensation for families across the country.
These payouts include:
- $40.1 million verdict for a U.S. Navy boiler tender
- $34.1 million verdict for a roofing worker with an asbestos-related cancer
- $3.9 million settlement for a Missouri engineer
- $3.7 million settlement for a Minnesota auto mechanic
- $3.6 million settlement for a North Carolina HVAC worker
- $3 million verdict for the family of a New York maintenance worker who died of mesothelioma
- $2.9 million settlement for a Wisconsin Navy veteran
- $2.3 million settlement for a California shipyard worker
Get a free case evaluation to see if we can connect you with an experienced mesothelioma attorney who can pursue compensation for you.
Benefits of Mesothelioma Lawsuits
Taking legal action may seem like a hassle. However, many families find that the benefits of a successful mesothelioma lawsuit — like compensation to help pay for the best mesothelioma treatments possible or to secure their family’s financial future — are worth the effort.
It can cost more than $500,000 to treat mesothelioma.
Some benefits that can come with a successful mesothelioma lawsuit include:
- Compensation: Money from a mesothelioma lawsuit can be used to help pay for medical expenses, travel costs, lost wages, basic living expenses, and more.
- Financial stability: Patients often get enough compensation to provide for their families, even after they have passed.
- Justice: Holding negligent asbestos product manufacturers accountable can make families feel like justice has been served.
Alternatives to Mesothelioma Lawsuits
There are often other ways for mesothelioma victims to get compensation. For example, they may be eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds claims or veterans benefits.
Learn more about those two options below.
- Asbestos trust funds: Some asbestos product manufacturers were court ordered to put money aside in bankruptcy trusts to pay people injured by their products. Today, these funds contain more than $30 billion.
- Veterans benefits: About one-third of all people diagnosed with mesothelioma are U.S. military veterans. Veterans who developed mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases from their service may be entitled to veterans benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
In some cases, people are entitled to compensation from mesothelioma lawsuits, asbestos trust funds, and veterans benefits and can file claims for everything that they qualify for at the same time.
A mesothelioma lawyer can review the facts of your case and explain the legal options that apply.
Get Help Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit
LawFirm.com can connect you with experienced mesothelioma law firms that have helped thousands of families across the country file lawsuits and access compensation.
They never charge any upfront or out-of-pocket fees, so there is no financial risk to you.
Plus, they can help clients in any state and have the resources to prove asbestos exposure and maximize compensation.
Get a free case review now to see if they may be able to help you file a mesothelioma lawsuit and pursue the compensation you’re owed.
Mesothelioma Cancer Lawsuit FAQs
Can you sue for mesothelioma?
Yes, you may be able to sue for mesothelioma if you or a family member has this cancer.
Mesothelioma lawsuits are typically filed against companies that manufactured asbestos-containing products but failed to warn the public about the dangers of asbestos.
A mesothelioma lawyer can look at the facts of your asbestos case and tell you whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit and pursue mesothelioma compensation.
What lawsuits involve mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma lawsuits are a type of product liability suit filed against manufacturers of asbestos-based products. People who have developed mesothelioma may be able to file personal injury lawsuits against these companies.
When a person passes away from mesothelioma, their family or estate representative may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their loved one’s behalf.
How long does a mesothelioma lawsuit take?
Mesothelioma lawsuits typically take between 12-18 months from start to finish.
All cases are unique though and different factors like the state where the case is filed and whether the defendant agrees to an asbestos settlement can affect the payout time frame.
In some cases, people start to receive money from a mesothelioma lawsuit in less than 90 days.
Is there compensation for mesothelioma?
Yes. In many cases, individuals with mesothelioma or their family members can pursue compensation through a mesothelioma claim to help pay for medical bills, living expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
Those with this cancer are often entitled to compensation from lawsuits, asbestos trust funds, and veterans benefits.
How much is a mesothelioma case worth?
On average, mesothelioma cases are worth between $1 million and $1.4 million for settlements and between $5 million and $11.4 million for trial verdicts, according to Mealey’s® Litigation Report: Asbestos.
The value of your mesothelioma lawsuit could be more or less. An asbestos lawyer may be able to give you a range in your particular case.
Get a free consultation now to see if one of our legal partners can help you file an asbestos claim.