The amount recovered in a mesothelioma settlement is dependant on a number of factors, including the state in which you are filing suit. It is commonly estimated that the average Mesothelioma Settlement approximates a sum well exceeding $1,000,000 USD to private individuals, or their respective surviving families, when a lawsuit is brought on an individual claimant basis. Out of Court settlements often range from 1 million to 5 million. However, individual cases that are not settled out of Court and move on to trial frequently command much larger awards on a post-verdict or appeal basis.
Some of the larger mesothelioma settlements of all time:
$250 million awarded to 70-year-old Roby Whittington from U.S. Steel.
$34.1 million awarded to a previous employee of Shell Oil Company in Wood River,
$33.7 million to a resident of California and his wife from Foster Wheeler Corporation
in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Mesothelioma Settlement Amounts
$20 Million Dollar Mesothelioma Settlement
A 42 year-old Southern California woman was exposed to asbestos-filled flooring for 18 years. The company was also found guilty of malice and fraud.The jury awarded the woman $20 Million plus punitive damages.
$2 Million Mesothelioma Settlement
A 69 year old gentleman was diagnosed with asbestosis as a result of his exposure to asbestos as a self-employed contractor. The jury found the defendant liable because of his exposure to its joint compound product.
$11.5 Million Mesothelioma Settlement
A Northern California man was awarded this settlement as a result of his mesothelioma that was caused by exposure to asbestos. The breakdown of the settlement reveals $500,000 in economic damages and $6,000,000 for pain, suffering and other non-economic damages. His wife and the second plaintiff in the case was awarded $5,000,000 for the loss of her husband’s consortium and companionship caused by his mesothelioma.
$18 Million Mesothelioma Settlement
A gentleman developed asbestosis as a result of his 30-year career as a laborer at a copper smelter. The jury found the defendant responsible for his asbestos-related disease, and awarded him $3 million in compensatory damages and $15 million in punitive damages. On appeal, compensatory damages award was confirmed, but punitive damages award was reversed.
$9.25 Million Mesothelioma Settlement
Two men – one an iron worker and the other a pipefitter and insulator – who developed mesothelioma as a result of their exposure to asbestos at a refinery and other industrial sites. The jury found the defendant and others liable and awarded $9.25 million in combined damages to the victims’ families. Appeal is pending.
$20.5 Million Mesothelioma Settlement
A jury awarded this amount to a Northern California man who contracted mesothelioma.
$1.5 Million Mesothelioma Settlement
An individual who developed mesothelioma as a result of his exposure to asbestos-containing products he bought at a department store in the 1950s, was awarded $1.5 million in damages by a New York jury. Judgment was affirmed on appeal.
$17.035 Million Mesothelioma Settlement
Less than a week after a Tyler, Texas jury awarded over $9 million to eight of their co-workers, a Dallas, Texas jury awarded $17.035 million to seven foundry workers who developed asbestosis as a result of their exposure to asbestos at the foundry where they worked. The jury found that the defendant failed to provide a safe work place to these gentlemen, and that their hazardous work conditions resulted in the development of their asbestos-related diseases. Final judgment is pending.
$6.5 Million Mesothelioma Settlement
In a rare case, a jury awarded a Northern California woman this amount because of the mesothelioma she contracted as a result of exposure to asbestos fibers as a child. The fibers came from her parents’ clothing. Her parents worked at a shipyard in South San Francisco in the 1940’s.
$6.3 Million Mesothelioma Settlement
During his working career, a custodian was exposed to asbestos-containing products during the construction and remodeling of three school buildings. He developed malignant mesothelioma as a result of his exposure to asbestos and died at the age of 60. Following a two-week trial, a verdict of $6.3 million against the defendants was reached.
$4.2 Million Mesothelioma Settlement
This man was exposed to the defendant’s asbestos products while serving in the US Navy. The jury in Northern California found that the products were a cause of his mesothelioma, and they returned a verdict in the amount of $4,245,763.
$1 Million Mesothelioma Settlement
An auto mechanic, developed asbestosis as a result of his exposure to asbestos, including asbestos-containing clutch facings manufactured by the defendant. The jury found the defendant liable for his disease, and awarded $800,000 in compensatory damages and $200,000 in punitive damages. The case was affirmed on appeal.
$9.35 Million Mesothelioma Settlement
A longshoreman and an employee of the defendant company, were exposed to asbestos-containing products while on the job. One died of mesothelioma at the age of 63; the other, age 69 at time of trial, suffers from asbestosis. The jury found that a fireproofing product was a cause of these gentlemen’s diseases and awarded a total of $6 million and $3,350,000 respectively. Both cases settled shortly after the verdict.
$1.704 Million Mesothelioma Settlement
A laborer, age 61 at the time of trial, developed mesothelioma as a result of his exposure to asbestos while working as a laborer and fork lift driver for a corrugated box manufacturer in the Dallas, Texas area. As part of his treatment for the disease, he had a lung and half of his diaphragm removed. The jury awarded this gentleman and his wife a total of $1,704,000 in damages. Trial defendant settled the case shortly after trial.
$3.5 Million Mesothelioma Settlement
A mechanic for the defendant in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was exposed to fireproofing spray on the job between 1970 and 1972. He developed mesothelioma as a result of his exposure to asbestos. The jury found the manufacturer liable to this gentleman and his wife and awarded $1.75 million to him and $1.75 million to his wife for her loss of consortium. The case settled shortly after verdict.
$1.8 Million Mesothelioma Settlement
Two shipyard workers in this trial against the defendant company. One developed mesothelioma as a result of his exposure to asbestos at the shipyards; the other developed asbestosis. The jury awarded a total verdict to these gentlemen and their wives in the amount of $1.8 million, which was affirmed on appeal. The defendant eventually paid the amount on the bond pending writ.
Mesothelioma settlements are of course no substitute for good health and a long life, but the funds from a mesothelioma settlement can help a victim or his/her family alleviate some of the financial pressure. This huge settlement is reached not without reason. It is covering the enormous medical bills that victims run getting treatment for their disease, and compensation for the mental anguish and pain suffered by the victim and their family. Mesothelioma settlements often include funeral expenses, and in some cases, punitive damages. The settlement also considers the fact that the family of the victim has a right to be financially secure.
Mesothelioma settlements are not only available for the individuals with the disease. They are also available for families of the deceased victim on the ground that they have lost their loved one and went through all kinds of the emotional stress. While mesothelioma is a painful experience for both victims and their close ones, a good settlement can go a long way in order to secure the future of the victims’ families.