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Mesothelioma Settlements

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that develops when a layer of squamous cells (known as mesothelium) surround and suffocate internal organs. Typically, the most affected organ is the lung but it can also occur around the heart or abdomen.

Our law firm organized the following information and asbestos settlement breakdowns so you or the surviving family members can see what settlements offer or amount of compensation may be possible if you go to trial. A mesothelioma attorney from our firm can discuss the legal process, pros and cons of going to trial, and free mesothelioma lawsuits as well as trial verdicts reviewed today.

Asbestos containing products have harmed many people. A mesothelioma lawsuit may help your family so give us a call to talk about settlement amounts listed below and a possible trial verdict.

How Does Asbestos Exposure Lead to Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a potentially fatal malignant cancer that initially develops in the body's thin layer of tissue covering most internal organs. There is no cure for this aggressive cancer that claims the lives of thousands of individuals every year.

There are different forms of mesothelioma including:

  • Pleural Mesothelioma affects tissue surrounding the lungs that leads to painful coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive weight loss, and unusual tissue lumps that occur on the chest under the skin
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma develops in abdominal tissue and causes excessive swelling, pain, weight loss, and tissue lumps the develop in the abdominal area.
  • Tunica vaginalis mesothelioma develops in the tissue that surrounds the testicles that usually identified by a mass or swollen area on the testicle.
  • Pericardial mesothelioma affects the tissue surrounding the heart that leads to chest pains and difficulty in breathing.

Many of the symptoms and signs associated with mesothelioma from asbestos containing products are not specific but tend to mimic indicators of other diseases. These issues affect an individual mesothelioma settlement and mesothelioma settlements overall.

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How Do Victims and Their Families Prove Asbestos Related Diseases?

To prove that you experienced asbestos exposure, your physician must first diagnose you with an asbestos-related illness such as mesothelioma. Then, you need to prove that areas around which you worked, lived, or frequented contained such asbestos fibers.

Even though asbestos fibers are no longer used in the building process of commercial and residential building construction, many individuals still suffer serious health risks through exposure inside old buildings or when handling fixtures and materials that were not removed and disposed of properly.

Common exposure to extremely harmful fibers can occur to workers in various fields including insulators, minors, pipefitters, shipbuilders, plumbers, construction workers, Navy ship workers, power generation workers, railroad workers, auto mechanics, textile workers and appliance repairers.

Do not accept settlements before getting answers to your common questions about mesothelioma and personal injury. Mesothelioma patients should speak to a mesothelioma lawyer about their medical expenses, lost wages, the settlement process, average settlement range, Mealey's litigation report, and other pertinent topics.

Deadline to Go to Trial in Illinois for Mesothelioma Lawsuits against Asbestos Companies.

According to the law, you must file all necessary documentation in the appropriate county courthouse before the state statute of limitations expires to bring a personal injury and wrongful death. 

Otherwise, you and your family members will be barred from going to trial or getting a settlements offer for compensation related to your lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other damages

A consulting mesothelioma lawyer can assist mesothelioma victims and mesothelioma patients in validating the time limit when the statute would expire in your case even if the time limit might be difficult to determine if you are unaware of when you were exposed to the toxic fibers or developed your condition.

Generally, mesothelioma victims have two (2) years to file a claim for their own relief. See 735 ILCS 5/13-202. If you are bringing a case on behalf of a loved one that passed away due to mesothelioma and asbestos, then you will have one (year) from the date of the death to file the Illinois case. 735 ILCS 5/13-209.

Talk to an Illinois mesothelioma lawyer before time runs out so you can get compensation for your harms, medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses. Read Mealey's litigation report about asbestos.

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How Much are Average Mesothelioma Settlements Worth in Illinois?

Cases for asbestos-related injuries and deaths routinely average between one and several million dollars. A verdict amount or the average settlement can get more than that from asbestos companies and some get less but many obtain tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Every case we resolve for our clients with mesothelioma is unique.

How much you receive will be based on the extent of your condition and damages, the cost of medical attention necessary for your recovery or survival and the level of disability it places on your daily life.

Our attorneys use specific formulas that have proven highly effective when negotiating out of court settlements on your behalf.

If we are unable to secure an acceptable negotiated settlement, we will build the case to take to trial where we can present your evidence in front of a judge and jury.

Once your case is successfully resolved, the jury will determine the extent of your injuries and the amount of financial compensation you deserve. 

To learn more about a mesothelioma verdict, average mesothelioma settlement amounts, asbestos containing products, bringing a mesothelioma claim against asbestos companies for financial compensation, mesothelioma settlements vs other cases, the mesothelioma settlement process and trial verdict strategy, or related questions, contact us.

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Illinois Mesothelioma Settlements Amounts and Verdicts

Amount: $2,500,000 JURY AWARD

County: MCLEAN

Injury: MESOTHELIOMA

This was a very unique asbestos/mesothelioma case. The initial plaintiff was a woman who did not even work at the workplace in question. Rather, she regularly washed the clothes of her husband who worked at the Union Asbestos & Rubber Company. Her contention was that she contracted mesothelioma through the asbestos he brought on his clothing

Furthermore, she alleged that his employer and other companies knew about the dangers of asbestos and mesothelioma and over thirty years conspired to hide them. According to her, they went so far as to falsify research, pay off publishers, and bribe government officials to conceal the risks. Eventually, the husband joined the suit and added a loss of consortium claim.

The defendants denied everything but could not convince the jury that they were innocent of these allegations. They awarded the couple $2,500,000 for the following items:

  • Compensatory: $2,000,000
  • Punitive: $500,000
  • Total: $2,500,000

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Amount: $5,000,000 MESOTHELIOMA SETTLEMENT

County: MCLEAN

Injury: MESOTHELIOMA/DEATH

This case involved a 69-year-old factory worker. He died of mesothelioma after significant exposure to asbestos. Asbestos fibers were a part of the products that his company produced and that he was around everyday at work. After he died, his surviving wife and children brought a wrongful death action on his behalf. 

In their complaint, they alleged that his employer should have warned the decedent about the risks involved with asbestos, should have put in place policies and procedures to avoid its exposure, and actually concealed the risks from its employees. 

They sought compensatory, punitive, consortium, and support damages. The defendant quickly denied all claims but as trial approached it looked to settle. The plaintiffs received $5,000,000 in a private settlement.

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Amount: $17,870,000 JURY AWARD

County: MCLEAN

Injury: Mesothelioma

In this case, a woman claimed that her employer, the Union Asbestos & Rubber Company, were negligent because they did not warn her and intentionally withheld information regarding asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. She was 65 years old at the time of the litigation but had not worked there since 1969 and only worked there for 2 years. 

Due to this failure and concealment, she argued that she suffered from mesothelioma and made this the basis for her lawsuit. The defendant disagreed with these claims and claimed it was innocent of negligence and intentional concealment.

Furthermore, it denied that any of its actions caused her mesothelioma. After a trial that lasted for almost a month, the jury deliberated for a day and returned a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $17,870,000 with the following damages breakdown:

  • Compensatory: $3,500,000
  • Punitive: $14,370,000
  • Total: $17,870,000

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Amount: $500,000 JURY AWARD

County: MADISON

Injury: MESOTHELIOMA

A man and his wife brought this lawsuit. According to him, he was exposed to asbestos in the products he worked with (farm equipment, automobiles, etc.) over a period of almost forty years from 1950 to 1987. Additionally, he used some of these products to remodel his home between 1970 and 1975 and was thus prone to further asbestos exposure in his opinion. 

He subsequently contracted mesothelioma and sued for damages related to that disease. His wife joined the lawsuit and added a claim of loss of consortium soon after the complaint was filed. Their allegations targeted the company’s negligent use of asbestos fibers in their products, lack of warnings to their employees about this use and potential danger, and the injuries they subsequently sustained. 

The defendant threw the kitchen sink at both plaintiffs and claimed, among other things, that they had no knowledge of the presence of asbestos in their products, that the plaintiffs did not use the products in question to remodel their home, and that the man’s contraction of mesothelioma was an act of God and beyond their control. 

The jury disagreed. They returned a verdict of $500,000 and found that the defendant company was responsible for his contraction of the disease. They awarded $380,800 to the man for compensatory damages and $119,200 to the woman for loss of consortium.

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Amount: $16,000,000 JURY AWARD

County: MADISON

Injury: MESOTHELIOMA/DEATH

A 58-year-old man brought this lawsuit against the company he used to work for, the Owens Illinois Glass Company, in Alton, Illinois. He was a forklift driver for the company and regularly cleaned up piping and debris that, in his opinion, contained asbestos fibers. He worked for them from the late 1960’s to the late 1970’s. However, he did not contract mesothelioma until the early 2000’s. 

This did not stop him from suing the company and alleging that their negligent actions caused his injuries. His wife soon added a claim of loss of consortium. 

Unfortunately, the man died soon after trial began so his wife had to continue the action. She alleged that the defendant knew about the dangers associated with asbestos and failed to want its employees. 

The defendant denied that he was exposed to asbestos in the course of his employment or that anything he did while working there caused his disease. 

The jury decided that he contracted mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure while working for the Owens Illinois Glass Company and that the latter was negligent and responsible for the plaintiffs’ injuries. They awarded the couple $16,000,000:

  • Compensatory: $8,000,000
  • Loss of Consortium: $1,000,000
  • Punitive: $7,000,000
  • Total: $16,000,000

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Amount: CONFIDENTIAL MESOTHELIOMA SETTLEMENT

County: MADISON

Injury: MESOTHELIOMA

The plaintiff in this action was a 64-year-old roofer. He contracted mesothelioma in 1998. In a subsequent lawsuit, he alleged that he contracted this disease while working as a roofer for a company from 1952 to 1967. 

His complaint alleged that the materials he handled, and as directed by the company, contained asbestos and that he handled their fibers in the course of working. 

He complained that the company knew about the risks involved with asbestos and failed to tell its employees about them or at least remove the products that contained it. 

The defendant turned around and said that it in fact did tell the plaintiff and other employees about the risks of asbestos and that he was contributorily negligent by not using ordinary care. 

The jury found for the plaintiff and returned a verdict in excess of $34,000,000. However, the two parties settled for a confidential mesothelioma settlement amount nearly six months after this award was rendered. 

What is also interesting to note is that the plaintiff’s last demand was $75,000 and the defendant’s last offer was $40,000. The extraordinary nature of the jury’s award is seen in better context after reviewing these sums.

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Amount: $898,579

County: COOK

Injury: MESOTHELIOMA/DEATH

This controversy began when a man died due to complications from mesothelioma. His estate contended that he contracted this disease while working at a factory as a security guard. The company made pipe covering and used a product containing asbestos to cover the piping. 

In the subsequent suit, the plaintiffs went on to allege that the defendant knew about these risks and even killed a report that illustrated the connection between asbestos and mesothelioma. The jury found for the plaintiffs and awarded them $898,579.

Amount: $15,000,000 MESOTHELIOMA SETTLEMENT

County: COOK

Injury: MESOTHELIOMA/DEATH

This case was part of a larger class action lawsuit. The plaintiff was a 19-year-old man who was exposed to asbestos while working for the Owens-Corning Fiberglas Company. 

He subsequently contracted mesothelioma and died shortly thereafter. His estate sued the company for wrongful death and negligence. The parties settled prior to trial for $15,000,000.

Amount: $517,900 JURY AWARD

County: COOK

Injury: MESOTHELIOMA/DEATH

The victim in this case was a 61-year-old man who had worked for the same company since he was 18. He was a pipefitter and boilermaker. After 43 years of work, he died of mesothelioma and representatives of his estate concluded it was caused by asbestos exposure while working. They sued for damages in a wrongful death action against the company. 

The defendant company refused to admit to any wrongdoing and claimed that the dangers of asbestos exposure were unknown at the time of his contraction. The jury disagreed and, after a retrial on the issue of damages and a judge’s setoff, the decedent’s estate recovered $516,900.

Amount: $3,027,500 MESOTHELIOMA SETTLEMENT

Cook County

Injury: MESOTHELIOMA

This dispute involved a 50-year-old steel worker. He was a contractor for a number of companies and in the process of working with them came into contact with insulation materials containing asbestos. 

He sued the companies involved and claimed that this exposure to asbestos caused his mesothelioma contraction. The case did not proceed very long until all sides reached a mesothelioma settlement for $3,027,500.

Questions about mesothelioma settlements? Contact us to chat with a mesothelioma attorney about the legal process, medical bills, getting professional medical advice, how to get your case to trial.

Think You Might Have Mesothelioma?

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help if you have a mesothelioma diagnosis or other issues related to asbestos exposure. The consequences of contracting these conditions are severe but you can get help. 

We can make sure that you get the most recovery possible under the law at no cost for our services until you are happy with the outcome. Call our offices today for a free mesothelioma consultation to learn more about how the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can begin work immediately on your case.

Our legal team can help if your mesothelioma trial case goes to trial, judge, or jury. The attorneys of our firm have helped many workers reach a settlement (asbestos settlement) or get mesothelioma verdicts for the amount of compensation they deserve. 

We may also be able to help you get financial recovery to pay for lost income, professional medical advice, and medical records, as well as other fees.

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