Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Mesothelioma lawsuits allow victims and their families to pursue financial compensation from negligent manufacturers of asbestos-containing products. Most mesothelioma lawsuits settle out of court for between $1 million and $1.4 million, but some award more depending on the settlement or if the case goes to trial.

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Who Can File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

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Individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases may be eligible to pursue legal compensation through a lawsuit.

Additionally, a spouse, adult child, or another estate representative may be able to file a lawsuit on the mesothelioma patient’s behalf if they are too ill or pass away before a suit can be brought against the manufacturer.

Mesothelioma lawsuits are a type of product liability lawsuit that recovers financial compensation from negligent asbestos product manufacturers to help pay for treatments and other expenses. Your lawsuit must prove your mesothelioma diagnosis was caused by asbestos exposure.

“The financial freedom that came from filing a lawsuit was the one good thing that came out of something bad. It’s made the time I have left even better.”
— Pleural mesothelioma survivor Arthur “Art” Putt

Mesothelioma Hope has partnered with a team of top asbestos attorneys who have more than 20 years of experience handling mesothelioma lawsuits. These attorneys can determine when and where you were exposed to asbestos and which companies may be to blame.

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Types of Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Several types of mesothelioma lawsuits can be filed to help you potentially obtain financial compensation.

We are proud to partner with Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the largest and most respected mesothelioma and asbestos law firms in the United States. Its caring and committed legal team can help you decide which type of mesothelioma lawsuit to file and guide you through every step of the process.

Mesothelioma Personal Injury Lawsuit

Mesothelioma personal injury lawsuits are filed when the individual diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer is still living. The mesothelioma victim is the plaintiff, and the asbestos-containing product manufacturers are the defendants.

Personal injury compensation is usually determined based on these factors:

  • Age of the victim
  • Cost of medical treatments
  • Lost wages (if the victim can no longer work)
  • Number of defendants named in the lawsuit
  • Number of dependents (such as a spouse and children)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Travel expenses

The experienced mesothelioma lawyers we work with can help determine the potential value of your asbestos cancer personal injury case during a free case review.

Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Estate representatives of loved ones who have passed away from mesothelioma may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The court system can appoint anyone as an estate representative, but a family member, such as a spouse or adult child, is usually appointed.

Further, the estate can typically continue the personal injury lawsuit process if the mesothelioma victim dies before the case’s conclusion. Sadly, this happens frequently as mesothelioma is often diagnosed at a late stage.

Laws regarding wrongful death lawsuits vary by state, so connect with one of our partner mesothelioma lawyers to determine if you may have a case.

Mesothelioma attorneys do not consider class action lawsuits or multidistrict litigation (MDL) the best legal options for victims pursuing fair compensation.

In a class action lawsuit, multiple victims with asbestos-related diseases can file a lawsuit together. If their case is successful, they all receive the same amount of compensation. An MDL allows one appointed judge to hear all similar cases filed in a federal court.

Both lawsuit types allow the court system to resolve multiple cases at once, but they have historically awarded victims of asbestos exposure much less compensation than a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit would. As a result, class action mesothelioma lawsuits are rarely filed today.

Reasons to File a Lawsuit for Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a preventable disease with only one proven cause — asbestos exposure. Manufacturers of asbestos-containing products hid the well-documented dangers of asbestos from the public to make a profit.

If you or a loved one fell victim to the negligence of these asbestos companies, you deserve to seek justice through a mesothelioma lawsuit.

Learn more about the benefits of filing a mesothelioma lawsuit below.

Compensation to Cover Your Medical Expenses

Mesothelioma requires aggressive and costly treatments from specialized mesothelioma doctors.

While many patients owe more than $400,000 in medical bills during their first year of treatment, mesothelioma lawsuit compensation can help ease any financial strain. Mesothelioma lawsuit settlements, on average, provide families with more than $1 million in financial compensation.

Hold Asbestos Manufacturers Accountable

The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Many manufacturers ignored the dangers of this deadly mineral for decades, placing more value on profits than on people’s well-being. As a direct result, they put millions of American veterans, workers, and their family members in danger.

Provide Financial Security for Your Family

Compensation from mesothelioma lawsuits can ensure a stable future for your loved ones. If you or your family members have to take time off from work while you receive treatment, financial compensation can help supplement this lost income.

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Arthur and Jan Putt’s lives were changed forever after Arthur’s mesothelioma diagnosis in 2018. Thankfully, they found peace of mind by working with Simmons Hanly Conroy, a national mesothelioma law firm. Call (866) 608-8933 today to request your free case review. View Transcript.

Duration: 4 min 21 sec

Arthur Putt:
What we do every night, we sit together and we’ll watch TV, and then at 07:00, we have our ice cream

Jan Putt:
My name is Jan Putt. I’m married to Art who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in April 2018. Originally,
the doctor said he would have possibly six months to a year, and that was four years ago. So I love him. I
still got him.

Arthur Putt:
I feel sorry for somebody that loses someone and they don’t have that time to say what they think or
last or how they feel. We do it every day, and it has been that way even before this happened. We did
everything together, remodeling our homes and stuff like that, her woodworking.

Jan Putt:
We used to go out for long drives, just go out sightseeing, and we’d be gone for four or five hours.

Arthur Putt:
We never get tired of being together.

Jan Putt:
His very early symptoms were just a very light hacky cough, and I couldn’t get him to go to see the
doctor until it got a little worse one day and he decided maybe he needed to go see somebody. They did
a X-ray and they thought he had pneumonia, but the radiologist wasn’t happy with that and wanted
more tests. So they did some scans, and that was the first time they said he had mesothelioma.

Arthur Putt:
It was kind of good to know that there was no cure for it in a way. I was able to make the best out of my
life from that point on. We just got positive about it, that I was lucky to have time, to spend quality time
with her and say what I wanted to say, and not just all of a sudden be gone. So we cherish every day of

I really wasn’t much of a mechanic at first. I got a job at a service station. We did a lot of brakes. That
was probably our, besides tune-up, that was our next busiest thing. We had done it the old-fashioned
way and we had dust everywhere.

Jan Putt:
We filed a mesothelioma lawsuit because we had family members and stuff that encouraged us to do it.
Our daughter in Indiana knew somebody that had worked with Simmons Hanly Conroy and had had a
very good experience.
Come on in.

John Barnerd:
It’s so good to see you.

Jan Putt:
John first came here and we had several meetings with him and crowds of people at times.

John Barnerd:
Within about nine or 10 months, I think from when we had filed the case-ts

Arthur Putt:
We had four settlement jury verdict, and only one we had to go to court for. The one thing that shocked
and amazed me was when they called me in to see them. I walked in there and it must have been 8, 10
lawyers in there all working on this thing.

What he did for us, made our financial situation a whole lot better. We gave all that money to our kids,
paid our house off. It made our life a little easier. We’ve got no financial worries, and that makes it
easier for me to know that she’s taken care of, and we have John and his firm to thank for all that.
What I tell people, is it’s the one good thing that came out of something bad. I can’t say how miserable
this would be without him and what he did and his firm, and his family as far as we’re concerned.

If the individual diagnosed with mesothelioma is the primary breadwinner of the family, a lawsuit can help provide financial security for their dependents, ensuring their future needs are met.

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlement Amounts

Lawsuits that reach out-of-court mesothelioma settlements award an average of $1 million to $1.4 million. In the rare case that a mesothelioma lawsuit goes to trial, victims may win somewhere between $5 million and $11.4 million on average.

Most mesothelioma lawsuits do not go to trial because trials are very risky. There is no way to guarantee a win for the victim through a trial.

Most lawyers specializing in asbestos litigation prefer to settle out of court because their clients have better odds of getting money for a case than taking their chances in a lengthy trial. Mesothelioma settlements are a faster way to secure financial compensation since many plaintiffs begin getting money from a settlement in as little as 90 days.

Some notable mesothelioma lawsuit payouts include:

  • laborer$12 millionLaborer, Illinois
  • Construction Worker.png$9.5 millionConstruction worker, California
  • pipefitter plumber$8 millionPipefitter/plumber, Texas
  • mechanic$6.8 million Mechanic, Florida

Contact our Patient Advocates today at (866) 608-8933 to find out if you qualify for compensation.

2023 Update on Top Compensation Amounts

Mealey’s® Litigation Report: Asbestos, a national legal publication that analyzes asbestos verdicts and settlements, reported these findings:

  • The average award in the asbestos cases it reviewed from January to December 2021 was nearly $8.7 million, with a median award of $4.8 million.
  • The plaintiffs won their asbestos lawsuits in more than 66% of those cases.
  • The largest award was a $32 million verdict in a secondhand exposure suit brought by a factory worker whose wife died of mesothelioma.
  • In the first three quarters of 2022, juries awarded more than $177 million in total damages, with an average award of almost $18 million and a median award of $14 million.
  • Another significant mesothelioma award was a $23 million jury verdict recovered for a steamfitter who got sick from handling asbestos-containing valves.

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Top States for Asbestos Exposure and Lawsuits

After reviewing the facts of your case, one of our top asbestos lawyers can determine the best state to file your mesothelioma lawsuit.

Asbestos lawsuits are not always filed in the state where the asbestos victim lives.

For example, a mesothelioma lawsuit is sometimes filed in a state in which an asbestos product manufacturer conducted business or where the asbestos exposure occurred.

In April 2023, national consulting firm KCIC released its annual industry report, which showed that 3,550 asbestos lawsuits were filed in 2022. Of those, 1,859 were mesothelioma lawsuits.

According to KCIC, the top 10 jurisdictions with the most asbestos lawsuit filings in 2022 were:

JurisdictionLawsuits Filed
1. Madison County, Illinois964 filings
2. St. Clair County, Illinois443 filings
3. New York, New York 283 filings
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania243 filings
5. Wayne County, Michigan214 filings
6. St. Louis, Missouri140 filings
7. Cook County, Illinois106 filings
8. Los Angeles, California 99 filings
9. Middlesex, New Jersey89 filings
10. Allegheny, Pennsylvania70 filings

Based on the above data, more than 40% of the country’s asbestos lawsuits were filed in Illinois in 2022. Historically, Illinois has been home to many industries that used asbestos products in their daily operations.

Mealey’s Litigation®: Asbestos also tracked asbestos litigation activity by state and reported these findings:

  • Of the cases it reported on in 2021, California and Washington were the most active states, with 5 asbestos trials each.
  • Other states with more than 1 asbestos verdict were Louisiana, Ohio, and South Carolina.
  • A South Carolina jury awarded the largest verdict ($32 million), and a Wisconsin jury awarded the second largest verdict ($26.5 million).

How to File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Although each case differs, most mesothelioma lawsuits follow the same legal process.

1. Case Evaluation

A representative from a mesothelioma law firm will conduct a free case review to review your asbestos exposure history.

During your free case evaluation, our partner firm’s legal team can determine when, where, and how you were exposed to asbestos and which manufacturers may be responsible.

Your dedicated legal team will typically include experienced mesothelioma lawyers, investigators, paralegals, medical experts, and other support staff.

2. Filing the Lawsuit

If you are eligible, your lawyer will file your mesothelioma claim after your free case evaluation. Your legal team will determine the best court system in which to file. Some courts may be more favorable to mesothelioma lawsuits than others.

KCIC industry reports estimate that 3,550 asbestos lawsuits were filed in 2022. That’s an average of almost 10 new claims per day.

3. Defendant Response

The defendant (product manufacturer) will be notified once the court processes the lawsuit. Defendants generally have 30 days or less to agree to or refuse your request for compensation.

If the defendant refuses to reach a settlement agreement, both legal teams will gather evidence to strengthen their cases.

4. Discovery Phase

Your legal team will collect documents, photos, and historical records to prove the defendants were negligent and at fault for your asbestos-related disease.

Evidence gathered during the discovery process may include:

  • Documentation of the asbestos-containing products you used
  • Medical records that confirm your mesothelioma diagnosis
  • Military service records, if applicable
  • Witness statements
  • Work history and related documents

5. Settlement vs. Trial

Your lawyer will work with the defendant’s lawyer to try to reach an out-of-court settlement.

Did You Know?

Settlement agreements can be reached at any stage of the mesothelioma lawsuit process but often occur shortly before a trial date.

Mesothelioma lawsuits that aren’t settled may go to trial. During an asbestos trial, both legal teams present their cases before a judge or jury that decides the winner through a trial verdict.

Your lawyer will pursue a settlement first and only go to trial if needed. Trials add a significant amount of time to the lawsuit process, and the defendant can later try to appeal a successful verdict. Further, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get more compensation (or any compensation) from a trial.


  • Low risk
  • Your lawyer does the heavy lifting
  • No added costs for a trial or appeal


  • Higher risk
  • You may have to appear in court
  • Additional legal fees

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When Should I File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

You should file your mesothelioma lawsuit as soon as possible. There are narrow statutes of limitations that set a time limit on how long you have to file your claim. It is important to consult with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer since this deadline varies for each state and can be as little as 1 year.

Did You Know?

You should contact a lawyer even if you developed mesothelioma a long time ago. Lawyers can determine other ways you may be able to receive financial compensation.

Filing your asbestos lawsuit as soon as possible may also help you get your compensation quickly. Financial compensation can help you pay for life-extending mesothelioma treatments and support your family if you cannot work.

Alternatives to Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Mesothelioma asbestos lawsuits may not be the best option for victims seeking financial compensation in some cases. Fortunately, other options are available for mesothelioma victims to receive compensation and hold asbestos manufacturers accountable.

Alternatives to mesothelioma lawsuits include:

  1. Asbestos trust funds: Larger asbestos-containing product manufacturers were court ordered to establish bankruptcy trusts to compensate people harmed by their products. Over $30 billion is currently available in asbestos trust funds to help current and future mesothelioma victims.
  2. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Claims: About 1 in 3 people diagnosed with mesothelioma are veterans. If you developed mesothelioma from your service in the U.S. military, you may be able to receive compensation through VA benefits. Our team can help you file for VA benefits right now — call (866) 608-8933 to learn more.
  3. Government programs: Mesothelioma victims may be able to access financial assistance through programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

One of our partner mesothelioma law firm’s seasoned lawyers can recommend which of these options is best for your case. Get started by checking if you qualify for asbestos trust fund compensation.

Find Out If You Can File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Don’t wait to consult with our partner law firm if you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma. You have limited time to hold manufacturers of asbestos-containing materials accountable for the negligence that caused you to develop this devastating, incurable disease.

Mesothelioma lawsuits allow families to seek financial compensation to help pay for life-extending cancer treatment. Request a free case review today to learn more about taking legal action and receiving compensation for your mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Lawsuit FAQs

Can you sue for mesothelioma?

Yes, you may be able to sue asbestos product manufacturers if you developed mesothelioma. Millions of individuals were exposed to asbestos-containing materials in homes, military bases, ships, vehicles, schools, and offices.

Who is eligible for mesothelioma compensation?

Individuals who were diagnosed with mesothelioma from asbestos exposure may be eligible for compensation through a mesothelioma personal injury lawsuit.

If your loved one passes away from mesothelioma, you still may be able to file a lawsuit on their behalf through a wrongful death claim.

How long does a mesothelioma lawsuit take?

Mesothelioma lawsuit timelines vary by case. However, the greatest determining factor is typically whether the case settles or goes to trial.

A trial can take significantly longer to award compensation to the plaintiff. For that reason, most asbestos cases reach a settlement.

Based on the average payout timeline, mesothelioma lawsuits that settle out of court may begin awarding victims with compensation in as few as 90 days.

How much does a mesothelioma lawyer cost?

Mesothelioma lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. They do not charge any upfront costs and only collect a small percentage of your earnings if you win your lawsuit.

If you do not win your case, they will not collect any fees.

What is the average mesothelioma settlement?

The average mesothelioma settlement amount is between $1 million and $1.4 million.

Settlement amounts are calculated based on the victim’s age, number of dependents, lost wages, costs of treatment, travel expenses, and other factors.

Your attorney will be able to determine your case value to give you a better idea of how much compensation you may be awarded.

Does everyone with mesothelioma get a settlement?

No, not everyone with mesothelioma gets a settlement.

However, individuals with a history of asbestos exposure who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma are usually eligible for some type of financial compensation.

For example, they may be entitled to compensation from asbestos trust funds or through VA benefits.

Will I have to travel for my mesothelioma lawsuit?

No. Lawyers at national mesothelioma law firms can travel to you at your home or hospital room to gather evidence and testimonials. You may not ever have to step foot in a courtroom if your case settles out of court.

Experienced lawyers understand that mesothelioma requires intensive and time-consuming treatments. They will never ask you to travel if you are not well enough to do so.

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