Mesothelioma Asbestos Leads

Facts about Mesothelioma Lawsuits

The average legal settlement for someone diagnosed with mesothelioma is between $1 million and $1.4 million; awards for trial verdicts average $7.4 million.

Most cases of mesothelioma can be traced back to exposure to a carcinogenic mineral fiber called asbestos. The disease is a rare but aggressive form of cancer that attacks the mesothelium, the thin protective tissue that covers and protects most of the internal organs of the body.

Number of Lawsuits

More than 730,000

Plaintiff Injuries



Thousands of Companies that exposed workers to asbestos

Litigation Status


  1. Average between $1 million and $1.4 million.

Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawsuits

People diagnosed with mesothelioma have received multi-million-dollar jury awards and have settled cases for upwards of $1 million. Lawsuits against companies that exposed people to asbestos are the longest-running mass tort in the history of U.S. litigation.

Diagnosed with Mesothelioma?

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma after exposure to talc or asbestos, you may be eligible for compensation.


Conditions allowing you to sue the companies responsible:

  1. Out of $37 billion deposited into those trusts, more than $18 billion has been paid to people who were injured after being exposed to asbestos.
  2. The first trust was established by the Johns-Manville Corporation in 1982. Since then, virtually every asbestos manufacturer has filed for bankruptcy and created a trust.
  3. Filing a claim and obtaining a settlement can be a painstaking process of documenting decades of exposure, potentially to different companies’ products, particularly if a plaintiff worked in the construction industry or something similar.
  1. The amount of each award is based on a number of factors, such as the type of injury and the particular payment schedule of the individual trust involved.
  2. Most of the trusts don’t have enough money to pay all anticipated claims, and so they offer a percentage of their claims. This can be as little as 1.1 percent.
  3. Because of issues with fraud, some states have attempted to limit the amount of time mesothelioma patients have to file trust fund claims. This has been criticized because of the lengthy process of identifying the source of the particular asbestos product that caused a person’s injury.
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