Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts

The Lanier Law Firm has recovered nearly $20 billion in settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients who developed mesothelioma or asbestos-related illnesses through no fault of their own. Mesothelioma settlements and verdicts can range from a few thousand dollars to millions.

The Lanier Law Firm has won historic settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients who contracted mesothelioma and asbestos-related illnesses from companies that prioritized profits over the safety of their workers and the general public. You may be entitled to substantial compensation through multiple avenues if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.

The Lanier Law Firm’s Successful Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlements and Verdicts

Our successful mesothelioma settlements and verdicts are more than just numbers to The Lanier Law Firm. Our mesothelioma attorneys invest substantial time and resources into each client’s case. We fight with compassion and determination because we see the devastation these conditions cause.

Each of these case settlements and verdicts represents a person whose life was turned upside down and cut short because they were exposed to a harmful substance without their knowledge and consent, but with the full knowledge of the asbestos company or employer. We are honored to have made a difference for these families.

  • $4.69 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson on behalf of 22 women in the first trial linking asbestos to baby powder and ovarian cancer
  • $2.1 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson for talc, asbestos, and ovarian cancer link upheld by the State of Missouri Supreme Court
  • $115 million verdict on behalf of 21 steelworkers who contracted asbestos-related diseases in an Alabama steel mill
  • $7 million settlement on behalf of a Louisiana man exposed to asbestos
  • $4.5 million for a man with two years’ worth of joint compound exposure
  • $3.859 million settlement for the Louisiana family of a deceased woman exposed to asbestos through her husband’s work clothes
  • $3.7 million for an 82-year-old man exposed to asbestos in the Navy
  • $2.577 million settlement for a man exposed to asbestos working on oil rigs and in the automotive brake industry
  • $2.257 million verdict on behalf of an Illinois laborer
  • $2.3 million settlement on behalf of a California man exposed to asbestos as an electrician at a naval shipyard
  • $2.256 million settlement for the Louisiana family of a deceased papermill worker
  • $2 million settlement on behalf of a former shipyard worker diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma
  • $2 million settlement on behalf of the family of a deceased woman exposed to asbestos-tainted industrial talc through her husband’s work clothes
  • $2 million settlement on behalf of the family of a woman who died of peritoneal mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos-containing cosmetic products
  • $1.9 million settlement on behalf of the surviving spouse of a chief engineer exposed to asbestos in the engine rooms of cruise ships
  • $1.899 million verdict on behalf of a Texas female who ingested asbestos fibers brought home from her dad and husband
  • $1.895 million settlement for the family of a deceased woman in Louisiana exposed to asbestos on her husband’s work clothes
  • $1.881 million verdict on behalf of an Illinois laborer
  • $1.832 million on behalf of a Texas white-collar oil and gas worker
  • $1.785 million settlement for the family of a deceased construction worker exposed to asbestos on the job in Louisiana
  • $1.6 million settlement in Texas on behalf of the family of an industrial worker who worked with asbestos products for a former employer
  • $1.6 million settlement on behalf of the family of a deceased woman exposed to asbestos through cosmetic talc and construction products
  • $1.5 million settlement on behalf of the family of a deceased dredge boat mechanic who died of mesothelioma
  • $1.5 million settlement for a woman who developed pleural mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos through asbestos-containing cosmetic products and the work clothes of her husband, an automotive brake mechanic
  • \$1.483 million settlement for a woman diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in Louisiana
  • $1.452 million settlement in North Dakota on behalf of the family of a deceased maintenance worker who serviced asbestos-containing pumps, boilers, and valves
  • $1.15 million settlement in Florida on behalf of a woman exposed to asbestos through a lifetime of talcum powder use

How are mesothelioma settlements determined?

Mesothelioma lawsuit settlements are driven by a client’s leverage to prove a case in court. Companies that know you have a strong case are more likely to offer a generous settlement. Our legal team at The Lanier Law Firm is among the most feared in the nation. Companies do not like to go against us in court.

The most important factors considered when negotiating a settlement include:

  • The severity of your disease
  • Life expectancy
  • Financial losses
  • Quality of life
  • Age at diagnosis

The types of compensation that factor into an average mesothelioma settlement include, but are not limited to:

  • Cost of treatment
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Mental anguish

How are mesothelioma verdicts calculated?

A judge or jury determines a mesothelioma verdict after considering the same factors when negotiating a settlement. In addition, the court may consider punitive damages if your case is tried in a jurisdiction that allows it and if the defendant is a company that engaged in the decades-long concealment of asbestos harm.

During a trial, the asbestos companies’ lawyers will resort to multiple stall tactics and every legal maneuver in the book, including attempts to discredit expert witnesses, blame your condition on your genetics, and deny your exposure.

The attorneys at The Lanier Law Firm are world-class litigators who have won multiple awards, including Trial Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, and Most Feared Plaintiff’s Firm. We know how to refute these tactics, ensure your case moves forward, and persuade juries by compellingly telling the truth.

Is it better to settle or try my case in court?

Ideally, every company that exposed workers or consumers to asbestos would take responsibility and offer a reasonable settlement, as this is usually in the best interest of our clients.

According to Darron Berquist, managing attorney of the firm’s New York asbestos practice:

“Most of our clients do come to The Lanier Law Firm with the goal of avoiding trial if they can, and so we keep that in mind as we proceed with the case, and it’s always the client’s decision on how far to take their claims and whether they want to take the case to trial or not. We understand how important it is to most clients to try to settle their cases without having to go through a trial.”

According to Sam Taylor, managing attorney of the firm’s Houston asbestos practice:

“Occasionally, there are corporations who just absolutely refuse to accept responsibility for their wrongful actions. With the client’s consent, we stand ready, willing, and able to take these corporations to court and convince them why they should have come around and settled the case.”

Is there a time limit to file a mesothelioma lawsuit?

Every state sets a time limit on when a lawsuit can be filed, known as the statute of limitations. This time limit can vary from state to state and even within the same state based on various circumstances of the case. In some jurisdictions, the time limit is only one year after diagnosis.

It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after your diagnosis to ensure they have adequate time to investigate and prepare your case well ahead of the deadline.

Can I recover mesothelioma compensation without filing a lawsuit?

Mesothelioma patients have several available avenues to recover compensation, in addition to a lawsuit. In some cases, a mesothelioma lawsuit may not be an option.

Mesothelioma Trust Fund Claims

A mesothelioma trust fund is available when a company has filed for bankruptcy due to an influx of asbestos-related illness claims. Trust fund claims are generally filed directly with the fund.

VA Benefits

Veterans exposed to asbestos in the military cannot sue the military, but they can receive free medical care through the VA and file a claim for disability benefits, which are paid monthly. These veterans may also have the option to file a lawsuit against the companies that sold asbestos products to the military.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits

If your asbestos exposure was through an employer, you might be required to file a claim for workers’ compensation rather than suing the company. Workers’ compensation laws protect employers from lawsuits while guaranteeing medical benefits and partial wage replacement to workers with an occupational illness.

Why should I trust The Lanier Law Firm to handle my asbestos case?

The Lanier Law Firm is one of the most experienced asbestos law firms in the world, with a proven track record. Our law firm has been handling asbestos cases for 25 years, and we have built relationships with some of the foremost mesothelioma authorities in the world.

Our reputation and vigorous work ethic help us build the strongest case possible and maximize your compensation. Contact us today if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness. The initial consultation is free.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Where is The Lanier Law Firm located?

The Lanier Law Firm has offices in Houston, Los Angeles, and New York City.

Where does The Lanier Law Firm accept cases?

The Lanier Law Firm accepts mesothelioma cases nationwide.

Will I have to travel to file a mesothelioma lawsuit?

Our attorneys will travel to you. Occasionally, you may have to travel to court, but we will work to have the case tried in a jurisdiction near you. If your health prevents you from attending court, we can usually get this requirement waived.

How long does it take to settle a mesothelioma case?

It may take several months to a year to settle your case. If the case goes to court, it could take longer, especially if you prevail and the defendant appeals.

What if I die before a settlement or verdict is reached?

If you have already filed a lawsuit, your lawsuit survives your death, and your family can complete it on your behalf. If you have not yet filed a lawsuit, your immediate family or personal representative may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Are mesothelioma settlements or verdicts taxable?

Mesothelioma settlements and verdicts generally are not taxable, but punitive damages may be taxable in some jurisdictions. Our attorneys can advise you on the tax consequences of a settlement or verdict in your specific case.

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