Average Settlement Amounts
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of the internal organs. The most common cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, a group of naturally occurring minerals that were commonly used in various industries for insulation, fireproofing, and other purposes until the 1980s. Even though asbestos use has decreased, many individuals continue to be diagnosed with mesothelioma due to exposure that occurred decades ago.The Compensation Process for Mesothelioma Victims
Mesothelioma victims have the legal right to seek compensation from the companies that exposed them to asbestos. Generally, there are two types of compensation available for mesothelioma victims: settlements and verdicts.
Settlements are agreements between the plaintiff (the mesothelioma victim) and the defendant (the company or companies that exposed them to asbestos) to resolve the case outside of court. Verdicts, on the other hand, are decided by a jury after a trial.
Alternatively, a mesothelioma victim can file a lawsuit against the companies that exposed them to asbestos. This is typically done with the assistance of a mesothelioma attorney, who can help victims navigate the complex legal process.
Once a lawsuit has been filed, the parties will engage in discovery, which is the process of exchanging information about the case. This can include documents, testimony, and other evidence. If the case does not settle during discovery, it will proceed to trial.The Average Settlement Amount for Mesothelioma Cases
The average settlement amount for mesothelioma cases varies widely depending on a variety of factors, including the severity of the victim's illness, the amount of asbestos exposure they experienced, and the strength of their case.Examples of Mesothelioma Settlements Across the United States
Here are a few examples of mesothelioma settlements that have been awarded to victims across the United States:
- In 2019, a mesothelioma victim in California was awarded $40.3 million in damages after a jury found that Johnson & Johnson had failed to warn consumers about the dangers of asbestos in their talcum powder products.
- In 2018, a mesothelioma victim in New York was awarded $25 million in damages after a jury found that two companies had exposed him to asbestos while he was working as a plumber.
- In 2017, a mesothelioma victim in Virginia was awarded $37 million in damages after a jury found that a power company had exposed him to asbestos while he was working as a contractor.
The attorneys at the Throneberry Law Firm specialize in helping mesothelioma victims and their families seek compensation for their injuries. With years of experience handling mesothelioma cases, we have the knowledge and expertise necessary to navigate the complex legal process and help victims obtain the compensation they deserve.
The Throneberry Law Firm offers a free consultation to mesothelioma victims, during which they will review the victim's case and provide guidance on the next steps. If the victim decides to pursue a lawsuit, the attorneys at the Throneberry Law Firm will handle all aspects of the case, from filing the lawsuit to negotiating a settlement or going to trial.
In addition to providing legal representation, the Throneberry Law Firm also offers support to mesothelioma victims and their families. They understand that a mesothelioma diagnosis can be overwhelming, and they are committed to providing compassionate and personalized service to their clients.
If you or someone you know is a victim of asbestos exposure, contact the Throneberry law firm for a free consultation. We want to help you get the compensation you deserve.