Mesothelioma Payout Timeline

The mesothelioma payout timeline often allows families to start accessing much-needed compensation in as few as 90 days. See if we may be able to connect you with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer who can work to get payouts on your behalf as quickly as possible.

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What Is the Average Mesothelioma Payout Timeline?

While each individual case is different, asbestos victims and their family members often start receiving financial compensation in as few as 90 days.

Mesothelioma lawsuits almost always settle, meaning victims may be able to access compensation without going to court. In a settlement, the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products pay a sum of money to prevent the case from going to trial.

It typically takes 12 to 16 months total to finish negotiations with all of the companies named in a mesothelioma lawsuit.

Asbestos companies that declared bankruptcy to dodge lawsuits can’t be sued, but many have set up asbestos trust funds to pay victims. Like mesothelioma lawsuits, asbestos trust fund claims often provide payouts to victims within 90 days.

Quick access to compensation can provide families with crucial help paying for medical bills, lost wages, and everyday living expenses. As a result, mesothelioma lawyers work to get their clients as much money as possible in the shortest amount of time.

See if a top asbestos attorney in our network can help you quickly secure asbestos claim payouts.

5 Factors Affecting the Mesothelioma Settlement Timeline

Several factors can impact how long it takes an asbestos victim to get mesothelioma compensation.

Five factors that may impact when victims get compensation include:

  1. Complexity of the case: Asbestos claims that are especially complicated may take longer to resolve, lengthening the mesothelioma payout timeline. These cases may involve a large number of asbestos companies or require extensive legwork to identify the products responsible for a person’s asbestos exposure.
  2. Strength of the case: Your lawyers will gather evidence and work with medical experts to link your exposure to your illness. By building a strong case on your behalf, the asbestos companies may settle quickly to avoid defending their position in court.
  3. Where the mesothelioma lawsuit is filed: Some states and jurisdictions may take longer to review your claim or have shorter filing deadlines called statutes of limitations. Your lawyer can file your claim in the court most likely to result in the largest and fastest settlement payout.
  4. Whether your lawsuit settles: Your mesothelioma settlement timeline is likely to be shorter if your lawsuit settles instead of going to trial. Trials require preparation and can take a year or more to make their way to the courtroom.
  5. Your asbestos lawyer: An experienced mesothelioma lawyer is familiar with the claims process and has the resources to help clients maximize their payouts in the shortest amount of time. With a proven track record of success, asbestos companies may choose to settle instead of taking their chances in court.

Regardless of the individual factors involved in your asbestos case, you can be sure that a mesothelioma lawyer will work to speed up your mesothelioma payout timeline, so you can access compensation promptly and without delay.

How to File a Mesothelioma Claim

By handling all steps in the legal process, a mesothelioma lawyer can quicken the asbestos claims payout time frame and make filing a claim as simple and stress-free as possible.

While every mesothelioma claim is unique, most follow a similar timeline:

  1. Get a free case review: Law firms that specialize in asbestos litigation offer free case reviews, so families can find out if they have a case without any financial risk and learn about their legal options.
  2. Gather evidence: Evidence like your medical records and work history will be used to link your asbestos-related disease to the products you were exposed to. Even if you’re not sure about the details of your asbestos exposure, your legal team has resources to identify the asbestos products that made you sick.
  3. File your asbestos claim(s): Your lawyer will identify all of the asbestos claims that you’re eligible for and file them correctly and in a timely manner.
  4. Access payouts: In many cases, victims start receiving payouts from asbestos trust fund claims and lawsuit settlements within 90 days of contacting a mesothelioma law firm. However, in the rare event that your case doesn’t settle, your legal team will argue your case in court and seek maximum compensation from an asbestos verdict.

Many clients and attorneys prefer an asbestos settlement over a trial verdict, as trials can lengthen the mesothelioma payout timeline and may not result in compensation.

Who’s eligible? Individuals diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis may qualify for compensation from a personal injury claim. Family members may be able to seek payouts from a wrongful death claim if a loved one has passed away from their disease.

Call (888) 726-9160 now to see if a mesothelioma lawyer can file a claim and pursue compensation on your behalf.

Average Asbestos Claim Payout Amounts

The average mesothelioma lawsuit settlement is between $1 million and $1.4 million, while trial verdicts typically award between $5 million and $11.4 million on average, according to Mealey’s® Litigation Report: Asbestos.

Over $30 billion is still available in asbestos trust funds for patients and their families. On average, these claims pay out $300,000 to $400,000 total across all trusts, and most victims start receiving payouts in a few months.

An asbestos lawyer can identify all of the trusts that you qualify for and file legal claims on your behalf.

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Get Help Seeking Asbestos Claim Payouts

Mesothelioma payouts can help patients afford necessary treatments and provide for their loved ones. Additionally, they give victims a voice and allow them to hold negligent manufacturers liable. has partnered with asbestos lawyers with years of experience who can even the playing field for those affected and help them quickly secure the compensation and justice they deserve.

Our legal partners can help clients in all 50 states and never charge any upfront or hourly fees.

The attorneys in our network have already recovered over $9.7 billion from asbestos claims for families across the country.

Contact our case managers at (888) 726-9160 right now or fill out our form to see if they may be able to help you pursue asbestos compensation claims.

Mesothelioma Payout Timeline FAQs

How long does it take to get a mesothelioma settlement?

In many cases, mesothelioma patients and their families start receiving settlement money within 90 days of contacting a mesothelioma law firm.

The mesothelioma settlement timeline for each case may vary depending on where the asbestos lawsuit is filed, the complexity of the case, and other factors.

A mesothelioma lawyer can give you an idea about the payout time frame in your case.

What is the average payout for mesothelioma victims?

Mesothelioma victims typically receive $1 million+ in settlement compensation from asbestos claims. This includes payouts from a mesothelioma lawsuit and asbestos trust fund claims.

However, many clients who have worked with’s legal partners have secured payouts well above these averages.

These lawyers strive to shorten the mesothelioma settlement timeline in each case, so clients can access the compensation they deserve as quickly as possible.

Call (888) 726-9160 now to see if an attorney can fight for the compensation you deserve.

How can a lawyer help me get my mesothelioma payout quicker?

Experienced mesothelioma attorneys can use their knowledge and resources to help shorten the mesothelioma payout timeline for their clients.

These lawyers can file mesothelioma claims quickly and build strong cases likely to result in out-of-court settlements, allowing many mesothelioma victims to start getting payouts in as few as 90 days.

Quick access to compensation is crucial as it can help victims pay for mesothelioma treatment and related medical expenses, lost wages, and more.

The lawyers that works with have helped thousands of families secure quick mesothelioma compensation. Find out if they can help you during a free case review.

Why is my mesothelioma case taking so long?

Complex mesothelioma cases, like those involving a large number of defendants, can extend the mesothelioma payout timeline and take longer to resolve.

However, families that work with the mesothelioma lawyers in the network often start to receive initial payouts within 90 days.

Contact us now to see if our legal partners may be able to help with your case.

Amy Garrett

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Amy Garrett is a partner at Simmons Hanly Conroy with more than 22 years of litigation experience. Amy has helped the firm secure billions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for clients. Over the past two decades, she has gained a reputation as a litigator who advocates for her asbestos and complex litigation clients both inside and outside the courtroom.

Rae Theodore

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Rae Theodore is a writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience in legal publishing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Pennsylvania State University.

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